HPV Vaccines Don't Really Apply to Black Women

New research has indicated that HPV vaccines do not carry the strains of the disease that most affect black women, citing a lack of diversity in clinical trials of the vaccine. HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, has about 100 different strains, 40 of which are spread by sexual contact. The… » 10/29/13 1:40pm 10/29/13 1:40pm

When It Comes to Vaccinations, Some Moms Would Rather Listen to Their…

Despite thorough debunkings of the purported links between vaccinations and autism, plenty of parents are still conflicted about whether or not to adhere to the CDC's guidelines. In the county where I live—King County, in Washington state—vaccination rates are below the national average, and, not-so-coincidentally,… » 4/15/13 6:30pm 4/15/13 6:30pm

Parents Would Rather Give Their Babies Diseases Than Shots

"Shot-limiting," a new vaccination "strategy" (which looks suspiciously like a not-getting-vaccinations strategy), is gaining popularity in Oregon and worrying doctors, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The idea is that parents limit the number of shots their children receive in a single doctor visit, in… » 6/18/12 5:20pm 6/18/12 5:20pm

Reader Email Haiku: I'm Gonna Pray For Your Soul, Ok?

The Jezebel inbox receives all sorts of interesting messages, from helpful tips to furious gibberish. Often, the missives strike us as poetic — in the chaos of the mailbag, we can find a sense of peace. As such, we have taken it upon ourselves to let some messages grow into the poetry they are meant to be. And we will… » 5/23/12 5:30pm 5/23/12 5:30pm

More Parents Decide Their Kids Don't Really Need To Be Vaccinated

Though the idea that vaccines are linked to autism has been disproven by multiple studies, an increasing number of parents are sending their kids off to school without their required vaccines, citing fears over autism and other health problems. Now doctors are concerned that growing resistance to vaccination could… » 11/28/11 11:48pm 11/28/11 11:48pm

Barbie Will Save Us From Whooping Cough

Remember when it used to be funny to make jokes about getting the whooping cough? Well, it's not anymore — thanks to Jenny McCarthy, scientist, and thousands of other parents who have opted not to vaccinate their kids, this country's experiencing a retro disease craze more powerful than 1,000 lava lamps. One columnist… » 10/19/11 5:00pm 10/19/11 5:00pm