Health and Science News for Parents
Mar
18

Measles, Schools and Selective Exemptions: Competing Approaches to Preventing Outbreaks

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a guest post by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of Law. She discusses two editorials published in Pediatrics today that address concerns about school exemption policies and preventing vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. This post does not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or me, Tara Haelle. I have […]

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Nov
25

Safety of the Tdap in pregnancy and exploring the evidence for pertussis cocooning

written by Tara Haelle

I began writing this post almost two months ago when a study I had been waiting for almost a year came out – one looking for clinical, epidemiological (“real world”) evidence for “cocooning,” which I’ll explain in a moment. But now I’m kind of glad I didn’t finish it then because it’s perfect to combine with […]

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Jul
1

New systematic review assesses ALL the serious risks of US childhood vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

When parents have questions or concerns about vaccines, they are often seeking certainty, even if they do not consciously recognize that is what they want. They want a guarantee that the vaccines they give their children are completely safe and effective, a completely understandable desire – but one which science can never deliver. Neither can […]

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Feb
1

8 Reasons You Are Wrong About Not Vaccinating Your Daughter

written by Guest Author

When Kathy McGrath came across an article listing 8 reasons the author had not vaccinated his daughter, it reminded her of her own search to find good information about vaccines when her daughter was born. Now, years later, she fully understands how and why vaccines are safe, effective ways to protect children from many diseases. […]

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Nov
13

Oversimplification (and hubris) can backfire — For once, it wasn’t actually Jenny McCarthy’s fault

written by Tara Haelle

Although I’m usually the person writing about vaccines as a journalist, I periodically critique the way others cover vaccination issues as well, particularly when I feel the issue is not covered responsibly. The last time I critiqued such a journalist, it was because of his false balance. This time, I feel obligated to point out […]

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Jun
2

Last Week’s Round-Up: ADHD and obesity, pertussis shots, coping with natural disasters and tons more

written by Tara Haelle

Another week, another round-up of the health and science stories you might have missed… Before I launch into the different topics, I want to draw attention to this short but worthy piece on the ways numbers can deceive when we rely too much on the “averages.” It’s a great piece for educating yourself about critically […]

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Mar
19

Despite HPV vaccine effectiveness and safety, parent concerns persist

written by Tara Haelle

Two different studies related to the HPV vaccine were published recently which, together, are somewhat concerning. One study concerned the vaccine’s effectiveness. The other dealt with how many parents are opting not to give their daughters the vaccine – and the reasons why. Let’s review the more recent one first, published in Pediatrics yesterday, that found […]

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Nov
2

Attention Pregnant Women! Of vaccines and antidepressants…

written by Tara Haelle

Today is a brief one just to note a couple important stories that anyone pregnant, or considering getting pregnant, should take the time to read. The first one you may have already heard about. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met last week and decided to recommend the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women […]

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Sep
13

A weaker DTaP vaccine and other factors in the pertussis epidemics

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably seen the headlines this year of the pertussis epidemics in pockets of the U.S., such as the one in Washington state the CDC reported on in July. They’re looking at a 50-year high if the numbers continue. The numbers are also spiking over 3,000 in Minnesota. Last time we saw numbers like this […]

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