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Newest Threat to Global Health: Vaccine Hesitancy

Every year, the World Health Organization lists its top threats to global health. Alongside usual suspects like air pollution, cancer and heart disease, a newcomer has joined the 2019 edition: vaccine hesitancy. The anti-vaccine movement has gained momentum in recent years as parents refuse to vaccinate their children out of fear for autism and other […]

Measles Outbreak:

Details of situation: Five measles cases, four between the ages of 12 to 21 months, have been reported in three different counties within Southeast Texas. Vaccination remains the most effective method for preventing measles. Genotyping has revealed the cases were B3 strain, the most common strain currently circulating in Mexico and the second most common […]

Parents’ Varied Concerns About Vaccines Should Be Addressed

Several studies have attempted to define the reasons why parents are vaccine hesitant, and the most common factors are: 44% of parents reported concern over pain associated with receiving multiple injections during a single visit 34% expressed unease about receiving too many vaccines at a single visit 26% worried about the development of autism or […]

CURRENT VACCINE EXEMPTION INFORMATION

Herd immunity is a fundamental concept that contributes to the success of many vaccination programs. Control of many vaccine preventable diseases is contingent on a significant proportion of the population in a community being immune. Depending on the disease, the percentage of individuals required to achieve herd immunity in a community ranges from 30% to […]

Vaccine Testing prior to approval

Vaccine development is a long and arduous process, often lasting many years and involving a combination of public and private partnerships. The current system for developing, testing, and regulating vaccines requires that the vaccines demonstrate both safety and efficacy before licensure and that long-term safety is monitored (http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/vaccine-development-testing-and-regulation; Fig 1). The first step in vaccine […]

Questioning whether to vaccinate or not? Please read below before you decide.

Immunizations have led to a significant decrease in rates of vaccine-preventable diseases and have made a significant impact on the health of children. However, some parents express concerns about vaccine safety and the necessity of vaccines. The concerns of parents must be taken into account. All parents want healthy children but, they differ in which […]