Tag Archives: vaccination

09.17.19

Vaccines and Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 3

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This post was written by Francesca Nardi, former intern at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold.  Other countries take various approaches to regulating the provision of childhood and adolescent vaccines, and many afford significantly greater deference to adolescents’ decision-making capacity than the U.S. Many of these approaches recognize that imposing fixed age restrictions on adolescent […]

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07.25.19

Vaccines & Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 2

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States have grappled with the regulation of adolescent decision-making related to other health services, most notably “sensitive” or stigmatized health services. States have recognized that while parental involvement in adolescent medical decision-making is ideal, there are certain services that adolescents will not seek if they are required to inform or receive permission from their parents. […]

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05.07.19

Vaccines & Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 1

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The current measles outbreak – the largest since the disease was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 – is inspiring the adolescent children of some anti-vaxxers to take unprecedented action. A teen in Ohio began to question his mother’s decision not to vaccinate her children in 2018 and, after conducting his own research, decided to […]

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07.17.17

Countering the negative public health impacts of the anti-vaccination movement

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This blog post was authored by Javier Saladich, a Summer Research Intern at the O’Neill Institute. Javier is a third year law student at ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona, Spain. Any comments or questions can be emailed to javier.saladich@esade.edu. In light of recent measles outbreaks in Europe and the United States and a […]

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08.04.15

The Ebola Vaccine: Where in union there is strength

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Excitement and promise are the prevailing reactions to the interim results of the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOB (also known as the “Canadian vaccine”) trial. To date, the vaccine has proven 100% successful and shown to have few side effects, which particularly impressive for a live vaccine. In addition, it has been well tolerated. As expected, many […]

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04.10.15

What I’ve Been Reading: Infectious Disease

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Looking back over the public health books I’ve read in the last few months, I realized a noticeable slant towards infectious disease. In this post I will share some of my favorite reads from the past 6 months or so. These range from a page-turning beach read (The Demon in the Freezer) to a classic work […]

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01.30.15

Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

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Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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06.06.14

Bolivian Zebras for Road Safety: Saving Lives One Stripe at a Time

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Early one morning, as I walked the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into a pack of zebras crossing the street right in front of me. Zebras in Bolivia, you say? Well, not quite. As in turns out, what are known as Las Cebras de La Paz […]

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05.23.14

The CIA’s Deadly Ruse: Murdered Health Workers and the Return of Polio

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In early 2011, a CIA-recruited Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi, entered Osama Bin Laden’s compound posing as a Hepatitis B vaccination worker. His real intention was to gather samples of the Bin Laden family’s DNA to aid the CIA in locating the Al Qaeda leader. Although Dr. Afridi was apparently unsuccessful, the CIA’s actions would have […]

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