4) "61 percent don't know if they are a danger to their babies" Michigan Radio (June 17, 2013) - "It might be embarrassing, but expecting mothers: it is ok to tell friends and family to be vaccinated before they see your baby. Pertussis, or Whooping Cough as it is more commonly known, is at the highest level of outbreak in the past 50 years. Ann Arbor specifically, reports a high level of the disease in their schools...In a recent poll conducted by the Children's Hospital, 61 percent of adults cannot remember the last time they were vaccinated."
5) "Rotavirus Vaccine Scores High " dailyRX News (June 16, 2013) - "Most parents get their children all the recommended vaccines. Yet, they might wonder how effective those vaccines are. Vaccines are tested for safety and effectiveness regularly. A recent study found the rotavirus vaccine is 91 percent effective for children 8 months and older. This effectiveness rate is true for both types of rotavirus vaccine that children might receive. Rotavirus is a gastrointestinal disease that causes severe diarrhea. Thousands of children die from rotavirus around the world every year."
6) "Rotavirus Vaccine Given to Newborns in Africa is Effective" Infection Control Today (June 17, 2013) - "Mayo Clinic and other researchers have shown that a vaccine given to newborns is at least 60 percent effective against rotavirus in Ghana. Rotavirus causes fever, vomiting and diarrhea, which in infants can cause severe dehydration. In developed nations, the condition often results in an emergency room visit or an occasional hospitalization, but is rarely fatal. In developing countries, however, rotavirus-related illness causes approximately 500,000 deaths per year. The findings appear this week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases."
7) "Meningitis vaccines urged before NYC Pride events" CNN The Chart (June 17, 2013) - "While meningitis has reached an all-time low in the United States, an op-ed in this week's Annals of Internal Medicine highlights cases of a deadly meningitis strain among men who have sex with men. Cities including New York, Toronto, and San Francisco have launched public awareness campaigns to promote vaccination, but the authors also call on physicians to assess the risk to their patients and discuss the strain...With upcoming Gay Pride festivities slated for the end of the month, health departments in other cities are advising those traveling to New York for the events be vaccinated."
8) "N.Y. to Gay Pride Visitors: Get Meningitis Shot" MedPage Today (June 17, 2013) - "Men planning to attend Gay Pride events in New York later this month and in early July should get vaccinated against meningitis, public health experts are urging. The warning comes in the wake of an outbreak of bacterial meningitis among men who have sex with men that claimed seven lives, according to Matthew Simon, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues."
9) "Is Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Gay Social Apps?" EDGE on the Net (June 17, 2013) - "Diseases do not discriminate,' resident HIV expert Dr. Demetre Daskalakis said...Modern socialization through social media has become a big part of this outbreak. It has become part of the risk factor and part of the solution. Recent recommendations issued by the NYC Health Department in March 2013 included social media use as part of the risk factor...GMHC launched a social media campaign to reach out to the public and spread the word that a vaccine was available -- and free....If people who are at risk get vaccinated, they do more than protect themselves. They protect the community as well. It's an easy step to take that can make a profound difference. Person by person, the vaccination campaign is making progress."
10) "Olympic swimmer urges meningitis vaccinations for kids" Metro (June 17, 2013) - "Many parents carefully pack protective gear for summer sports, like helmets and kneepads. But one thing parents might not think of is a vaccination for meningitis - even though it can spread in close quarters like sports teams, through passed water bottles or shared gym mats. Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres is on a mission to amp up vaccination awareness, especially among parents of active children...Torres, who has a daughter, 7, and 13-year-old twins, got involved with the Get in the Game prevention campaign after finding out that meningitis can kill a healthy child in as little as 24 hours."
11) "Study Finds College Students Misinformed on HPV Risks" KUT News (TX) (June 17, 2013) - "Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the nation. About 75 percent of Americans will contract the virus during their lifetime...almost three quarters of new HPV infections occur in people between 15 and 24 years old. But a recent study conducted by researchers at Texas State University found that many college students are unaware of or misinformed about the risks posed by HPV."
12) "HPV linked to growing number of head and neck cancers" Your News Now (NY)(June 17, 2013) - "Dr. Joe Domachowske says actor Michael Douglas sparked an important conversation earlier this month. It happened when he said an HPV infection caused by oral sex could have contributed to his throat cancer. 'I give him a lot of credit for doing that, and the reason I say that is because there's not a good awareness among the general population of the other kinds of cancers that HPV can cause,' said Domachowske, an infectious disease specialist with Upstate University Hospital."
13) "Health Q&A: HPV a growing cause of upper throat cancer" The Sentinel (PA)(June 17, 2013) - "With the recent news of actor Michael Douglas' comments about his throat cancer being caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus, the Associated Press said the number of upper throat cancer caused by HPV is growing. The Associated Press said while HPV is better known as the cause of cervical cancer and genital warts, the virus may also be blamed for 60 to 80 percent of cancers of the upper throat...HPV vaccines are not currently indicated or proven to prevent throat cancer. However, the vaccines prevent transmission and infection of the HPV virus. Therefore, in theory, the vaccines should reduce the risk of throat cancer due to HPV. "
14) "US kids born in polluted areas more likely to have autism." Environmental Health News (June 18, 2013) - "Women who live in areas with polluted air are up to twice as likely to have an autistic child than those living in communities with cleaner air, according to a new study...Maloney said parents 'naturally want to know what causes autism.' 'Some parents have an absolute certainty that something specific caused the condition, such as vaccinations,' Maloney said, referring to ongoing controversy over whether child vaccines spur autism. 'But most just want to know how to help their child.'"
15) "US media blackout: Court rules that MMR Vaccine caused autism (Video)" Examiner.com (June 16, 2013) - "In a SouthMilwaukeeNow.com article dated June 14 and entitled, 'Italian Court Rules MMR Vaccine Caused Autism: US Media Blacks Out Story,' author Kristan Harris writes about the Italian court that ruled in favor of the Bocca family whose nine-year-old son became autistic after receiving the MMR (Measles/Mumps & Rubella) vaccine... Dr. Andrew Wakefield has published 20 papers on vaccine-induced bowel disorder. All were peer reviewed, and only one has been retracted...Thinking critically, one might wonder why one never heard about this in the US mainstream media."
16) "Ukraine kids at risk from low vaccination rates" Associated Press (June 18, 2013) - "When the time came to vaccinate her 4-year-old daughter, Yelena Hlushko hesitated, spooked by widespread fears in Ukraine about vaccines...she decided to follow the government's recommendation - only to find her local health clinic was out of the vaccine. A combination of suspicion, funding problems, alleged corruption and inefficiency leave Ukraine with the lowest vaccination rate of the 15 former republics of the Soviet Union, even though it is one of the best developed - and the rate has fallen sharply in recent years. International health officials warn that the problems leave Ukraine vulnerable to an outbreak of polio, a disease that Europe has largely stamped out."
17) "OPINION: "Why we have a whooping cough epidemic" The Union (CA)(June 18, 2013) - "In case you haven't noticed, our community is coughing its collective head off these days. Pertussis...When public health experts examine what's going on, there are two conclusions they are reaching. One conclusion is that the effectiveness of the current pertussis vaccine is waning more rapidly than expected...The second conclusion is that with declining immunization rates, what is known as "Herd Immunity," that is, the shared protection a community experiences from adequate immunization rates, is no longer reliably present. When vaccine rates are high, a single case doesn't become an outbreak. If enough people fail to get the recommended vaccines, the disease spreads with a predictable risk to the health of everyone in the community."
18) " LETTER TO THE EDITOR: "Liberty is snatched away" The Augusta Chronicle (GA)(June 18, 2013) - "Is there a connection between South Carolina's U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's Verizon phone and forced vaccinations? It makes an interesting conversation...Americans have the right to religious freedom, and all but two states allow for a religious exemption to vaccines. We also have the freedom to decide what drugs we allow to be injected into our bodies and those of our children. Yet, pharmaceutical companies are churning out new vaccines faster than one can say, 'Enough already.' Their goal and the government's seems to be to make more vaccines for more people and then restricting our right to say 'no.'"
19) "The Public Supports Parents Who Take Pertussis Precautions" Shot of Prevention (June 17, 2013) - "This morning, the University of Michigan released its C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. This national poll measures public opinion and perceptions regarding major health care issues for U.S. children and people in their communities. This month's poll centered on protection from a vaccine preventable disease known as pertussis, or whooping cough. With more than 41,000 cases of pertussis in the United States during 2012, including 18 deaths, public health professionals are pouring their resources into pertussis prevention and awareness, which makes this poll and its findings extremely relevant and timely."
20) "Why I'm Telling my Vaccine Story, Pt. II" Voices for Vaccines (June 17, 2013) - "A recent study in Pediatrics looked at the rates of religious exemptions for immunization in New York state, and then looked at pertussis (whooping cough) rates across the state...Religious exemptions are available in 46 states, with varying strictness and requirements, for parents who state that vaccinating their children would violate their religion... It's worth noting that only one major, recognized religion teaches beliefs that may be contradictory to vaccination....The bottom line is that vaccines save not only the lives of children who receive them but also the lives of other children and immune-compromised adults in the community. "
21) "On MMR Vaccines and Autism" Federal Way Conservative (June 17, 2013) - "Apparently people still believe there is a causal link from vaccines to autism. I remain skeptical, as I do about almost everything in the medical professions. The suggestion is that there is some massive conspiracy covering up the negative effects of vaccinations...The silliness really needs to end. Either you trust discredited doctors and actors, or you trust the medical industry. Or you trust yourself to make a professional judgment in a field you have hardly any understanding of at all."