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    Health Officials Urge Measles Vaccine Before Spring Travel

    As the United States and California in particular grapple with the current measles outbreak, California public health officials are urging measles vaccination for adults and children before families travel internationally over spring school break. As health officials search for the origin of the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland at the end of December, detective […] More

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    Is the MMR Vaccine Spreading the Measles Virus?: The Question of Shedding

    In light of the current measles outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health care professionals have recommended that all eligible individuals receive the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious respiratory illness. According to the CDC, the measles portion of the MMR vaccine is 93 […] More

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    Five Babies Diagnosed with Measles at Suburban Chicago Daycare

    Measles cases continue to grow among babies too young to receive the combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Five infants at a suburban Chicago daycare center have been diagnosed with the disease. Cook County and Illinois public health officials are investigating the cluster of measles cases at KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine, a suburb of Chicago. Lab […] More

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    Santa Monica Daycare Closes Due to Measles

    As the measles outbreak continues to spread throughout the United States, a daycare center at Santa Monica High School in Southern California has been closed after an infant who attends the center was diagnosed with measles. Fourteen other infants have also been placed under a 21-day quarantine on the orders of Los Angeles County health […] More

  • The Problem with the VAERS Database

    The Problem with the VAERS Database

    As my readers know, I am an ardent supporter of vaccines and vaccination. This past weekend, I saw a post being shared on Facebook by a number of pages. The post entitled “ZERO U.S. Measles Deaths in 10 Years, but Over 100 Measles Vaccine Deaths Reported” argues against the value of vaccines with two statistics, […] More

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    Parents Ask School to Ban Unvaccinated Students Amid Measles Outbreak

    Amid the current measles outbreak affecting California and other states, the Krawitt family has asked Reed Elementary in Tiburon in Marin County, California to ban unvaccinated students from campus — to protect 6-year-old Rhett who cannot receive the measles vaccine because of a weakened immune system from chemotherapy after battling leukemia for the past four […] More

  • Baby with Measles Rash

    Thirty Babies Quarantined After Possible Measles Exposure

    Within a measles outbreak traced to Disney theme parks in California, more than thirty children in Alameda County have been quarantined after possible exposure to another child infected with measles in an Oakland hospital. The number of measles cases diagnosed within the last month in the United States and Mexico has risen to 75, with […] More

  • Measles Cases and Outbreaks

    Measles Cases Reach Highest Numbers in Twenty Years

    In an update on a report from May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced a record number of cases of measles in the United States of America. Between January 1 and August 29 of this year, the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC has confirmed 592 […] More

  • Measles in African Child

    Measles Cases Reach Highest Numbers Since 2000

    Between January 1 and May 23, the number of confirmed measles cases has risen to 288, the highest number in a single year since the contagious disease was eliminated from the country in 2000, announces the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the year is not even half over. Measles, or rubeola, is […] More