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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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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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03.20.15

Injecting Compassion into the Vaccine Debate

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As a child I was surrounded by vaccine resisters. Nearly everyone I knew was vociferously opposed to the practice. We were particularly galled by the mandatory nature of vaccination—it seemed beyond the pale that such an invasive and traumatic procedure would be conducted without our consent. There was one ringleader in particular who spurred on […]

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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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01.16.14

Lasting harm from Hepatitis B vaccination scare in China

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A recent major concern about the safety of Hepatitis B vaccines in China has put manufacturers and the health authorities under a spotlight and threatened progress in significantly lowering Hep B infection rate two decades after China added the Hep B vaccine into the newborn immunization plan in 1992. Last month, Chinese media relayed suspicions […]

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05.10.12

U.S. Congressional Briefing “Cholera and the Human Right to Health in Post-Earthquake Haiti”

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In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians […]

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