4) "Book raises alarms about alternative medicine" USA Today (June 18, 2013) - "...Parents now 'routinely' bring children to her hospital with a variety of alternative remedies, hoping that nurses will administer them during a child's stay.There are an ever-growing number of supplements from which to choose: More than 54,000 varieties sold in stores and the Internet, according to the Food and Drug Administration. About 50% of Americans use alternative medicine, and 10% use it on their children, notes Paul Offit, Children's Hospital's chief of infectious disease...'It's a big business,' says Offit, best known for developing a vaccine against rotavirus, a diarrheal illness that killed 2,000 people each day, mostly children in the developing world...Joseph Mercola, an Illinois physician, sells a variety of supplements and alternative medical products on his web site. Although Mercola shuns vaccines, his website sells tanning beds - which have been found to increase the risk of skin cancer."
5) "Meningitis outbreak: Men urged to get vaccine before gay pride events" Bloomberg News (June 18, 2013) - "New York City health officials are increasing public awareness about a meningitis outbreak, urging gay men to get vaccinated for the infection in advance of as many as 1 million visitors for gay pride events in June. Though meningitis is not limited to the gay community, a man in New York City who has sex with men is 50 times more likely to contract meningitis than the general population."
6) "Gay Men Who Frequent NYC Urged to Get Vaccine" NewsWorks.org (June 18, 2013) - "Health officials in Philadelphia and Delaware are asking gay men -- and men who have sex with men -- to speak with their doctor and consider a vaccine against bacterial meningitis especially if they have partners in New York or spend time in that city. An outbreak in New York garnered headlines in recent months, and seven men there died after contracting the illness. So far, health officials - in Philadelphia and Delaware -- say they've seen no uptick locally."
7) "Whooping Cough Has Lifelong Health Impact, Study Finds" Infection Control Today (June 18, 2013) - "People born during whooping cough outbreaks are more likely to die prematurely even if they survive into adulthood, research at Lund University in Sweden has found. Women had a 20 percent higher risk of an early death, and men a staggering 40 percent. Women also suffered more complications during and after pregnancy, with an increased risk of miscarriage as well as infant death within the first month of life."
8) "With ongoing debate, HPV vaccine gaining attention" Crimson White (AL) (June 19, 2013) - "Since actor Michael Douglas recently claimed his throat cancer was caused by HPV, more people have joined the debate on the usually hushed STD. HPV, the human papillomavirus, causes roughly 33,300 cases of cancer in men and women each year...In 2006, an HPV vaccine was released and consequently sparked a debate in the medical community. Justine Betzler, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, said her parents took her to get vaccinated soon after it was released."
9) "PRESS RELEASE: "Mandated Flu Vaccine for Hospital Workers Ethically Questionable, Surgeon Writes" Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (June 18, 2013) - "In a letter to authorities at her hospital, orthopaedic surgeon Lee D. Hieb, M.D., of Lake View, Iowa, writes that a policy of forcing all hospital workers to receive annual influenza vaccine is neither scientifically justified nor ethically sound.Her letter is the basis for an article in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.If official statistics are correct, and an average of 36,000 patients per year die in U.S. hospitals from complications of influenza, that would mean one death every 3 years in her hospital from this cause. And these figures are probably greatly overestimated."
10) "Locally sponsored flu vaccine bill passes House" Lebanon Daily News (PA)(June 18, 2013) - "Rep. Jim Gerlach's legislation aimed at making four-strain vaccine available to battle the flu this year has passed the House of Representatives. The bill, approved Tuesday, updates current federal law by adding vaccines that protect against four viral strains of seasonal influenza to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, according to a news release. The program, a no-fault system for compensating injuries or death caused by vaccines, covers flu vaccines that only protect against up to three viral strains."
11) "Measles epidemic sweeps northern Syria: MSF" Agence France-Presse (June 18, 2013) - "An epidemic of measles is sweeping through parts of northern Syria, with at least 7,000 people affected because the ongoing civil war has disrupted vaccination programmes, Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday. 'The main factor leading to the worsening of the situation and to outbreaks has been the disruption of routine immunisation activities,' MSF said. Consequently, vaccination coverage for measles has dropped from around 80 percent to almost zero among young children, it added."
12) "Whooping cough on the rise, but majority of adults don't know their vaccine status" Journal Sentinel's Pulse Blog (June 18, 2013) - "U.S. whooping cough cases have reached the highest level in half a century, but a new report says that many adults don't know their vaccine status and could unwittingly be exposing babies to the disease. Although there are effective vaccines against whooping cough, also known as pertussis, protection from them can wear off. A poll of more than 2,000 adults by the University of Michigan found that 61% did not know when they were vaccinated."
13) "House passes bill aimed at ensuring flu vaccine availability" The Hill's Floor Action Blog (June 18, 2013) - "The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation meant to ensure an ample supply of the latest flu vaccine is available by the next flu season. By voice vote, members approved H.R. 475, which would include a flu vaccine that attacks a new strain of flu on a list of taxable vaccines. Taxable vaccines are those that are assessed a 75 cents-per-shot excise tax. That tax is used to fund compensation when the use of a vaccine causes injury or death, and applying the excise tax to new vaccines is therefore a critical step that has to be taken before they can be sold."
14) "House to Consider Tax on New Flu Vaccines" Weekly Standard Blog (June 18, 2013) - "The House of Representatives is scheduled Tuesday to consider a bipartisan bill to add new seasonal flu vaccines to the IRS definition of taxable vaccines. The Senate has already reached an agreement to vote on its version of the bill without further debate if the House passes an identical version. If passed into law, all new flu vaccines would become subject to the 75¢ per dose vaccine tax, and also become eligible to be included in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program... The balance in the VICP fund as of May 2013 was about $3.4 billion. The fund has paid out only $2.7 billion since it was established in 1988 for cases involving all vaccines; about 17 percent of those cases involved a flu vaccine."