Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 12:48 PM EDT Apr 5, 2019 Dr. Matthew Hornik worries most about the babies and the sickest kids who come to his West Bloomfield practice, the children who can't get vaccinated because they have other medical conditions that affect their immune systems. They are, he said, the most vulnerable in the state's worst measles outbreak in 28 years. So far this year in Michigan, there have been 34 confirmed measles cases. Of them, 33 are in Oakland County and one case was reported in Wayne County. The last time there were this many infections was 1991, when the state reported 65 cases. Among the most recent cases is an 8-month-old baby, too young for the first dose of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is typically administered first when a child is between 12 and 15 months old and then given a second dose between ages 4 and 6. Two doses of the vaccine, health officials say, is a person's … [Read more...] about Michigan measles outbreak: Babies too young for vaccine at risk
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Ethan Lindenberger made headlines after he posted online in November 2018 about pursuing the vaccinations that his anti-vaxxer parents never got him. The 18-year-old from Ohio announced last week that he would be testifying before Congress about the importance of vaccines in combating preventable diseases. Lindenberger’s testimony comes amid a major outbreak of measles across the country, the vaccine for which is 95% effective if administered to children on schedule. Ethan Lindenberger made headlines after he took his decision to get vaccinated public, defying his anti-vaxxer parents who had chosen to opt him out of the early-childhood shots because of their beliefs about the potential effets of vaccines. The 18-year-old from Ohio posted on Reddit in November 2018 seeking advice for pursuing a full schedule of vaccines for diseases, writing “God knows how I’m still alive.” In January, Lindenberger posted an update that he had gotten the vaccines. In a … [Read more...] about The 18-year-old who defied his anti-vaxxer parents will testify to Congress about the need for vaccines
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 1:01 pm PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations. Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions. less A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief ... more Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., … [Read more...] about Anti-vaxxer asks how she can keep her unimmunized daughter safe. The Internet has some ideas.
A public health emergency is unfolding in the Pacific Northwest, and it was totally preventable. A measles outbreak has sickened at least 41 kids and young adults in Clark County, Washington, along with a man from the Seattle area and someone in Oregon. One person has been hospitalized, and the governor of Washington has declared a state of emergency. So far, none of the patients whose immunization status has been confirmed got their measles vaccination. It wasn’t always this way. State records in Washington show that during the 2004-05 school year, vaccination rates for kindergartners in Clark County were above 91%. But during the 2017-18 school year, Clark County youngsters entering kindergarten had an immunization rate of 76.5%. Back in that 2004 school year, the vaccination rate was “getting close” to a threshold for herd immunity (around 95%), Clark County public health director Alan Melnick told Business Insider. Herd immunity is a level of vaccination at which … [Read more...] about From autism risks to mercury poisoning, here are 10 lies anti-vaxxers are spreading about the measles vaccine in the Pacific Northwest
In 2018, several medical discoveries were made and health myths were debunked. There were also several health horror stories that shook people to their core. Some of these stories were stranger than fiction, like leaky brains and hairy tongues. Others were more serious, like fewer people opting for vaccinations and more women being killed by people they knew. Warning: This post contains graphic images. This year marked many milestones in the health world. The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug that could treat migraines. Researchers made advancements in finding an effective form of male birth control. And some people were finally convinced that gluten isn’t as bad as they thought. But not all of the health headlines were hopeful. In fact, there were a number of health stories that were downright terrifying in 2018. Some of the stories were “stranger than fiction” scary, like a woman developing a hairy black tongue and a man blowing a hole in … [Read more...] about 23 health stories that terrified us in 2018