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Jan
28

Mixing and Matching Rotavirus Vaccines Is No Problem

written by Tara Haelle

Two different rotavirus vaccines have been licensed by the FDA: RotaTeq and Rotarix. Both of these came after Rotashield, an earlier vaccine that lasted barely over a year on the market before it was pulled because it led to a bowel obstruction disorder called intussusception in about 1-2 out of 10,000 infants. (RotaTeq and Rotarix […]

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Nov
24

It’s That Time Again: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Flu Vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

This post is co-published with NPR’s health blog Shots. Check out the story for updated information about this year’s flu shot from a CDC medical officer. Once again, flu season is upon us — and so are all the misconceptions, excuses and worries that have kept so many people away from getting their flu vaccines. Plenty […]

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Sep
24

A Q&A with me about vaccines, health communication & immunization legislation

written by Tara Haelle

As you’ve probably noticed by the recent erratic posting on this blog, I’ve been crazy busy. Some has been good — lots of new assignments and new opportunities — and some has been challenging — family health issues — but it’s all made it difficult to blog as regularly as I want to, and I […]

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Sep
21

Presidential candidates misrepresenting vaccines? I can’t let that go.

written by Tara Haelle

It was late last Wednesday evening when I was just about to begin working again on a major feature due the next day — and a couple friends on Facebook alerted me that vaccines made an appearance during the Republican debate on CNN. Great, I thought. Just what I need. It was close to midnight, […]

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Aug
7

Catching Up and Friday Video: “All About That Vax”

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably noticed the blog has been a bit thin of late. I have a long list of backlogged pieces to write, but the past seven weeks have been nonstop illnesses in our home — including ER visits, too many doctor visits to count, and even two hospital admissions and stays — so I’ve fallen […]

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Jun
17

A conversation with Anne Geddes about meningitis, vaccines and her remarkable photo series of meningitis survivors

written by Tara Haelle

Next week, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will decide whether to recommend the MenB vaccine, which protects against the B strain of meningococcal disease. Strains A, C, W and Y are already covered in current vaccines. Over at Forbes today, I wrote about some of the issues – mainly cost and the rarity […]

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Mar
23

The Vaccine Page: Accurate, science-based vaccine information – without snark or judgment

written by Tara Haelle

Discussions about vaccination have always been fraught, particularly over the past decade, but the tenor of the national discussion has intensified since the Disneyland outbreak this winter has jumpstarted the nation toward what’s likely going to be a record year of cases since measles was eliminated in 2000. Yet measles cases aren’t going to stop […]

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Mar
4

Separating fact from fiction with measles and the MMR vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

At last, the book has been written (and the editing process has begun), so I will soon be able to return to regular posts. Today I’m sharing a great infographic about measles and the MMR vaccine, developed by Sylvia Wood. Her original graphic, where she also lists references, can be found here. Source: MPHOnline.org

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Feb
12

Musings on Measles and Ebola

written by Tara Haelle

Hello readers! It probably seems odd for me to be so quiet in the midst of the current measles outbreak, but I’ve been immersed in book writing until the past few days. As I continue wrapping up loose ends after finishing up the writing of the book, I’m publishing a guest post by occupational medicine […]

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Feb
2

If you haven’t yet read Roald Dahl’s letter about measles, you should now

written by Tara Haelle

I’ve been so immersed in finishing up the book that I’ve been unable to devote much time, attention or writing to the ongoing measles outbreak that stemmed from exposures at Disneyland. BELIEVE me I have a lot to say, and my mind has been swirling, but I’ve been forcing myself to remain focused on the […]

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