Health and Science News for Parents
May
19

Rotavirus vaccine shedding poses little risk

written by Tara Haelle

One of the concerns that comes up most often with live-virus vaccines is the risk of “shedding.” Since live vaccines use an attenuated, or weakened, form of the vaccine, there is a very, very tiny risk that a person recently vaccinated with such a vaccine may “shed” some of the virus to those around them, […]

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Jul
1

When reporting with “false balance” strikes in my home state, I take it personally

written by Tara Haelle

Journalism is not rocket science. But it’s also not serving fries at McDonald’s. Being a journalist — particularly a credible one — means taking on a significant responsibility. In an age where anyone can take to the Internet and spout their thoughts — right or wrong, credible or BS, intelligible or nonsensical — journalists must […]

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Jun
8

News Round-Up for the First Week of June

written by Tara Haelle

Boy, even when you’re not officially on an academic year, the summertime means schedules go all out of whack! I’ve fallen behind again, but will be adding some new posts soon. First, another quick round-up of news you may have missed or want to revisit for the first week in June. A couple of studies […]

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Oct
1

Great news about vaccine exemptions & cocooning; Update on the pertussis vaccine and epidemic

written by Tara Haelle

Last week was one of good news for vaccines and public health. A great bill was signed into law, a court ruled against a parent’s refusal to vaccinate and a recent study points out the value of vaccinating a household — especially mom — to protect a young infant from pertussis. The latest news is […]

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