Closing the Vaccine Confidence Gap

After disrupting life everywhere and killing millions globally, the COVID-19 pandemic finally has a cure in the form of several vaccines.  For countries like America to end the pandemic, they need to have 70 to 85% of their population vaccinated. …

Misinformation and Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed faster than any other vaccine in history. This fast pace has made some people nervous to receive it. On average, vaccines take 10-15 years to develop. The previous fastest vaccines developed were for mumps, which…

Reminder: Facebook Doesn’t Owe You Free Speech

If you said something really controversial, or created an incredibly offensive page on Facebook, what’s the worst that could happen? In other words, what is Facebook’s recourse? It could block your content. It could remove your page. It could suspend…

Mark Zuckerberg: Vaccines Work and Are Important

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is wading into the vaccination debate, as his newest book club choice tackles “anti-vaxxers” and disproves their various arguments – without actually focusing on the anti-vaccination movement by name. Zuckerberg has chosen On Immunity by Eula…

Chris Christie: Parenting Trumps Being A Public Official

Chris Christie did his best to avoid getting himself into a sticky wicket during a trip to London on Monday, sidestepping questions about his disagreement with President Obama on vaccination measures in the U.S. However, he did say that his…

Jonas Salk Gets A Google Doodle On His 100th Birthday

Jonas Salk is the subject of today’s Google Doodle as the company celebrates what would have been his 100th birthday. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1995. Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist, who is credited with discovering and…

Whooping Cough Cases Worry Maine Residents

Whooping cough cases are on the rise in Kennebunk, Maine. Superintendent Andrew Dolloff wants parents to take precautions at home before sending their children to school. Parents have been asked to not only vaccinate their children against whooping cough, but…

Flu Vaccines Cut Risks For Children, Shows Study

The backlash in the U.S. against vaccines seen over the past decade seems to be dying down. Incidents such as the recent Mumps outbreak at Ohio State University have demonstrated just how dangerous anti-vaccination views are, though anti-vaccine fear mongering…

Mumps Outbreak Spreads Outside OSU Campus

The recent mumps outbreak on The Ohio State University’s campus has officially spilled into the general Franklin County area. Twenty-eight cases of mumps were documented in Columbus since the beginning of February, but had previously been limited to OSU students…

Jenny McCarthy Responds To Twitter Bashing Over Views On Vaccination

Jenny McCarthy has definitely rubbed a substantial number of Twitter users the wrong way over the past few days. A number of users have even taken the time to express their disdain. It all started on Thursday, Mar. 13 when McCarthy tweeted…

Jenny McCarthy Thanks Haters On Twitter

Jenny McCarthy walked right into a Twitter hate-fest last week when she posted a question to her followers: “What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate?” The actress and former model was promptly slammed on…

Jenny McCarthy Twitter Slammed Over Anti-Vaccine Beliefs

Jenny McCarthy was slammed hard on Twitter because of her strong crusade against childhood vaccines. The cohost of The View has an 11-year-old son named Evan who she believes developed autism as a result of having his childhood vaccines. This…

New Flu Vaccine: No More Needles?

It’s not an easy thing to own up to, but a lot of people are afraid of needles. The dreaded “shot” has kept many an adult out of the doctor’s office. Even as we tell sobbing little kids that it’s…

Study Suggests Staggered National Flu Vaccinations For China

A new study from a combined team of American and Chinese scientists is suggesting that China implement a new national flu vaccine strategy. The paper, published today in the journal PLOS Medicine, states that China should use a staggered flu…

Universal Flu Vaccine Closer After 2009 Pandemic

Each year, researchers work to discover new strains of influenza and develop a new vaccine. The procedure is costly and time consuming, which is why scientists for years now have been working to develop a universal flu vaccine. Now, researchers…

HPV Vaccine Adoption Stagnating, Says CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics have announced that HPV vaccination rates fell from 2011 to 2012. The data was taken from the 2012 National Immunization Survey – Teen (NIS-Teen) and…

Vaccinations in Children Protect the Elderly, Shows Study

A new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that vaccines given to children to prevent blood and ear infections are reducing the spread of pneumonia to older, at-risk adults. In fact, Vanderbilt University researchers…

New Drug Could Help Fight Type 1 Diabetes

A clinical trial of a new vaccine may have found a new method to combat type 1 diabetes. A team of researchers at the Stanford University Medical Center conducted the trial, which found that the “DNA reverse vaccine” reduced levels…

Vaccines Don’t Cause Guillain-Barre, Shows Study

A new study published in the latest issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found no link betweek vaccinations and Guillain-Barré syndrome. The disease is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s nervous system, leading to weak hands and…

Heart Disease Risk Lowered by Flu Vaccine, Study Says

New studies show that the flu vaccine might play an important role in reducing the risk of heard disease, including the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Researchers from Toronto this week unveiled the research at the 2012 Canadian…