Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Do your part to stop spreading colds and flu

(HealthDay)—It's easy to spread germs that cause colds, flu and other serious illnesses, including whooping cough and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Asking why pertussis is back, complex systems style

Pertussis, the bacteria that causes whooping cough, has made quite the comeback in recent years in the United States, but understanding its reemergence and global prevalence isn't a simple matter. This week a group of researchers, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Polish lawmakers approve more talks on banning vaccinations

Lawmakers from Poland's conservative ruling party have approved further parliamentary discussion over a controversial plan to abolish compulsory vaccinations for children, including those against serious diseases such as ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Italy makes childhood vaccinations compulsory

Italy's government on Friday declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.

Pediatrics

Are kids' vaccines a victim of their own success?

(HealthDay)—Vaccines prevent serious infections so effectively that many parents mistakenly believe the diseases are no longer a threat in the United States, a pediatrician warns.

Health

What blocks pro-vaccine beliefs?

Despite rhetoric that pits "anti-vaxxers" versus "pro-vaxxers," most new parents probably qualify as vaccine-neutral—that is, they passively accept rather than actively demand vaccination. Unless there is an active threat ...

Medications

Expression of privilege in vaccine refusal

Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows that the reasons why children may ...

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