The anti-vaccine movement, which swelled with discredited theories that blamed vaccines for autism and other ills, has morphed and grown into a libertarian political rebellion that is drawing in state Republican officials who distrust government medical mandates. Anti-vaccine sentiments are as old as vaccines themselves — and it’s been nearly 300 years since smallpox immunization began in what is now the United States. Liberal enclaves from Boulder, Colo., to Marin County, Calif., have long been pockets of vaccine skepticism. But the current measles epidemic, with more than 880 cases reported across 25 states of a disease declared eradicated in the U.S. 19 years ago, shows it gaining power within the GOP mainstream.Story Continued Below What’s new about the current anti-vaccine movement is the argument that government has no right to force parents to vaccinate their kids before they enter school. While Trump administration health officials and most Republicans in … [Read more...] about How the anti-vaccine movement crept into the GOP mainstream
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The number of Minnesota schools with low kindergarten vaccination rates for measles and chickenpox has grown sharply in the last five years, prompting concern among state health officials that they are vulnerable to outbreaks of the highly contagious diseases. One-third of Minnesota schools had kindergarten vaccination rates below the level required for "herd immunity," according to a Star Tribune analysis of 1,110 elementary schools. Several of those schools have had chickenpox outbreaks since 2017, including one that had two separate outbreaks, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Unvaccinated children also helped drive a measles outbreak in 2017 that sickened 75 and sent 21 to the hospital. Nationwide, there has been a resurgence of measles in low-vaccination pockets across the country, with nearly 400 cases last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are concerned about these kids," said Dr. Sheldon Berkowitz, president-elect … [Read more...] about With fewer kids vaccinated, more Minnesota schools are vulnerable to measles and chickenpox
Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez is a practicing pediatrician and a Stanford and CNN Global Health and Media Fellow. (CNN)Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently said he chose to expose all nine of his children to the chickenpox instead of giving them the vaccine. "They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine," Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a Bowling Green, Kentucky, radio station. So-called chickenpox parties, in which parents expose their kids to the disease based on the belief that it will be more serious if contracted as an adult, are not a new concept. Before vaccines became available, the parties used to be very popular for diseases such as chickenpox or measles. Although these parties are far less common now, parents will still occasionally advertise having a child with chickenpox at home, inviting other parents with small children to come "get it over it and develop lifelong immunity." Are chickenpox parties a good idea? Read … [Read more...] about Chickenpox parties and natural immunity: Your questions answered
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Mar 18, 2019 Julie Powondra of Taylor didn't have to wait. She was able to get the popular new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, at her Rite Aid pharmacy in Taylor without having to go on a waiting list. "I am a Type-2 diabetic, so it’s good for me to do the preventive stuff," said Powondra, who is 55. "I didn’t have to wait at all. I might have had to wait a couple weeks for the second shot, but not long when I called them and asked, 'can I get the second shot.' " But many Americans who want to get the Shingrix vaccine are finding months-long waiting lists at their doctor's offices and pharmacies because the supply of the vaccine hasn't been able to keep up with demand. The newer, two-dose shingles vaccine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2017 and promises to be 90 percent effective in preventing shingles, the painful rash and blisters that … [Read more...] about Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine: What you need to know
There are many myths that undergird antivaccine beliefs, such as the myth that vaccines cause autism, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, and basically anything antivaccinationists like to blame on them. Basically, if you believe antivaccinationists, there’s nothing bad thta vaccines can’t do to children. The flip side of this myth is perhaps the central myth of the antivaccine movement, which is that unvaccinated children are somehow so much healthier than vaccinated children and that fewer vaccines equates to better health. This one pops up time after time after time after time. It is also the central motivating belief behind frequent calls by antivaccine activists for a “vaccinated versus unvaccinated” study. These calls began with proposals for—I kid you not—a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children. When it was pointed out that such a trial would be completely … [Read more...] about Are unvaccinated children more healthy than vaccinated children?