Thursday May 25, 2017
Like other states, Texas has an immunization registry, a database of who’s been vaccinated against which diseases. And both public health and individuals benefit from it.
The more complete the registry is, the better job the state can do when it comes to figuring out which areas have particularly low immunization rates, allowing them to make cost-effective decisions about where to make vaccinations more available. In the case of disease outbreaks, it helps experts figure out whether the underlying problem is a low vaccination rate. It also helps residents by keeping a safe, permanent record of their vaccinations.
Thursday May 18, 2017
Anti-vaccine sentiment is often fed by conspiracy theories, the main one being that the government is deliberately covering up the risks of vaccination. A corollary of that theory goes like this: You can tell the government is doing this because it has a secret vaccine court that quietly hands out millions of dollars in hush money to the many people whose vaccines caused autism.
Thursday May 11, 2017
In case anyone had doubts, this is what happens when the likes of disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield interferes in a vulnerable community, lying to parents about the MMR vaccine: An outbreak of measles threatens children’s health and even their lives.
Thursday May 4, 2017
Why isn’t there a gold-standard study proving once and for all that the current immunization schedule is the very best one possible? Of course, there is no evidence that spacing out vaccinations is safe or effective, while there is evidence that the current schedule is both, but where’s the incontrovertible truth about the ideal schedule?
Wednesday April 26, 2017
It’s hard to believe that mere decades ago, some studies purportedly “showed” that ice cream caused polio. One doctor concluded that it must be the sugar. There was even an anti-polio diet that called for withholding the frozen treat from children, along with sodas.