PBS News Hour covers Vermont school vaccination controversy

Since a measles outbreak at Disneyland two years ago, a number of states have tightened immunization requirements mandating children who attend schools get vaccinated. Some parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations, however, are pushing back. PBS News Hour reports on the controversy in Vermont that passed vaccine restrictions two years ago. What is not widely known,…

“Whole Foods mums” blamed for return of deadly diseases

Dr. Seth Berkley of the UN’s World Health Organization fears killer diseases are making a comeback in the West resulting from Whole Foods mums. Dr. Berkley heads a UN WHO group named Gavi that dispenses access to vaccines in poor countries, respectfully.r /> Thanks to anti-vaccine sentiments rising in the West, the UK Daily Mail…

Anti-vaccination views now affect household pets

Not only are anti-vaccination views affecting humans, pet owners are deciding not to immunize their dogs and cats. According to The New York Post, pet owners in Brooklyn are forgoing vaccinations of their canines and felines for fear they could catch autism. One veterinarian who was interviewed said that she has at least one pet…

Aussie parents of deceased baby harassed by anti-vaxxers

Not more than a month after Western Australia couple Catherine and Greg Hughes gave birth to their baby Riley did their daughter tragically die from whooping cough. The parents elected not to immunize their baby as doctors recommended, and, according to 7 News, upon their baby’s passing, the couple decided to go public urging parents…

Epidemiology professor addresses anti-vaccination statements

In the below interview conducted three years ago, professor of epidemiology at Kent State University’s College of Public Health Dr. Tara Smith addresses statements made by people who oppose the widespread use of vaccines. In a recent article published in Oxford Press’ Open Forum Infectious Diseases a few days ago, she calls upon her colleagues…