Measles and Pertussis outbreaks tied to vaccine refusal @NIHDirector #science

.@EmoryUniversity researchers link recent #measles, #pertussis outbreaks to #vaccine refusal. #NIH — Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) March 22, 2016 Parents have a responsibility not only to their own children, but to their communities—it’s only by achieving a very high … Continue reading

#Science Quotable: Peter Hotez on measles and vaccine hesitancy @peterhotez @PLOSCurrentsOut

[tweet] Measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000 – with elimination defined as “the absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area”.  But in 2014 things began to unravel when the US … Continue reading

FDA commisionner Margaret Hamburg schools us on measles and the measles vaccine!! #science

Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., the Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the FDA, has written a terrific piece in response to the recent measles outbreak. Check it out here at the FDA blog. Hamburg emphasizes the importance of high vaccination … Continue reading

Video: 7 Biggest measles myths debunked!! #vaccine @ColumbiaMSPH

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health – Seven Myths About Measles Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and assistant professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health and assistant professor of Pediatrics at the … Continue reading

The measles outbreak is a clear consequence of science denial – more consequences likely to come @AdamFrank4 @npr13point7

[tweet] Adam Frank has written a terrific piece about science denialism for the blog 13.7 over at NPR. The article examines the already evident consequences of denying established science using the examples of vaccines and climate change. Definitely worth a … Continue reading

Marcel Salathe explains herd immunity and measles @conversationUK #IAmTheHerd

Herd immunity and measles: why we should aim for 100% vaccination coverage By Marcel Salathé, Pennsylvania State University The measles outbreak traced back to Disneyland has spread to eight states, with as many as 95 cases reported by January 28. … Continue reading

2014 had the most cases of measles since eradication. 2015 on track to be worse. #Vaccine #science

For lots of information on the current outbreak of measles, check out the CDC page here. It is truly alarming that last year had so many cases of a fully PREVENTABLE disease through vaccination. It is even more alarming that this … Continue reading

#Science Quotable: President Obama on the measles outbreak – Get kids vaccinated

[tweet] And the fact is that, a major success of our civilization has the ability to prevent diseases that in the past have devastated folks. And measles is preventable. And I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are … Continue reading