We have a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer. It’s as safe as any other vaccine, and getting it for your tween son or daughter—or yourself, if you’re in your early twenties—is a no-brainer. Don’t buy into bogus exposés on “dangers” that don’t really exist.
AIDS was a terrifying mystery, and then we solved it. When researchers identified the human immunodeficiency virus as the reason why young, previously healthy people were developing rare cancers and wasting away, it was a triumph of medical science.
Cases of whooping cough, a.k.a. pertussis, have jumped in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City.
There are two things that non-profit group Safe Minds—committed to “ending the autism epidemic”—doesn’t understand: First, that there is absolutely no link between vaccines and autism. Second, how research works.
Good news, bad news: most Kindergarten-aged kids in America are still getting all their shots. But the CDC continues to worry about those stubborn pockets with low rates of vaccination (and, presumably, high rates of uncooperative parents).
By 1979, through widespread vaccination, the United States was able to totally eradicate polio, a crippling disease that has paralyzed thousands of children around the world. This allowed American parents to forget polio’s horrific toll, and subsequently stop vaccinating their kids against it.
Clad in yoga pants sipping all-natural GMO-free lattes, we think ourselves beyond making primitive decisions based on fear. But out of the jungle and into bigger villages, with smoke signals cleverly disguised as iPhones, we’re still a species letting fear-based decisions severely fuck up our lives.
California recently passed SB-277, which drastically tightened the list of excuses that’ll get you out of vaccinating your kids. Unfortunately, anti-vaxxers aren’t ready to cooperate, because that’s how much not vaccinating their kids means to them.
Gardasil, the brand name for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, serves as a shield against nine strains of the virus which cumulatively comprise 90 percent of cervical cancer cases in the United States. So why are public schools so reticent to require it?
Fans of Jim Carrey, his ex Jenny McCarthy, and any other anti-vaxxer out there will be pleased to learn that their efforts to keep children safe has paid off. While these fearless warriors were out there protesting California’s mandatory vaccination law, a woman quietly died of measles. But you know, it was probably…
Well, it could be.
This great country of ours is in the midst of a very contentious debate about whether vaccines are necessary (yes, God dammit, yes), a debate in which America’s greatest celebrity minds have added their voices. Last night, actor Jim Carrey really went for it. Good Lord, did he go for it. After his mini-tirade on the…
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 277 into law, which will require the vast majority of children to be fully vaccinated to attend school or daycare. The debate over the bill was... robust.
I was recently flipping through some old magazines when I stumbled across a couple telling reminders what life was like before widespread vaccines (well, and antibiotics, t00). Namely, fucking precarious.
Disneyland has spent the last few months battling a measles outbreak, which scientists have now linked to—wait for it—low vaccination rates. Huh. It's almost as if diseases that we essentially eradicated will return if children aren't goddamn vaccinated.
Talk about your well-timed publications—a new study about delayed vaccination just dropped. Seems more parents are asking for it, and doctors are often going along.
Where would we be without Fox's incessant, nonsensical asides on the dangers of big government and abortion? On Saturday, Hedge fund founder Jonathan Hoenig appeared on Fox News to discuss mandatory vaccines and wound up, unsurprisingly, at abortion. "Think about where this could lead if government gets involved in…
The Daily Show tackled the topic of measles last night (as was pretty much inevitable, sooner or later). Come for the dressing-down of Rand Paul, a.k.a. Dr. Paul: Anecdote Man; stay for the subtle cryo-Walt-Disney joke and CNN's hologram of measles engulfing an empty plane.
Somehow—how, Lord, how—we're in the midst of yet another debate about mandatory vaccination, even as Disneyland-born measles crawls across seven states. Clearly, now's also the time for Republicans to show how much they hate oppressive Big Government rules—like vaccines, of course, or forcing people who handle your…