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  • Historian Elena Conis takes a look at decades of vaccination skepticism

    Historian Elena Conis takes a look at decades of vaccination skepticism
    Last year saw more U.S. measles cases than in any other year in nearly the last quarter century, and 2015 isn't looking a whole lot better, after someone at Disneyland infected people who infected other people in what has become a seven-state outbreak. Measles vaccines have been around for 50 years, but a vaccine is usually only as good as the percentage of the population that gets it. So how do some people in a country that rejoiced in vaccines for killers like polio wind up wary of them? Emory University historian Elena Conis goes sleuthing in her book, “Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization,” finding answers in science, politics and shifting cultural standards about how we vaccinate and what our doubts are. At a moment when, as Conis says, children's participation in public life depends on their immunization status, she favors a nuanced view of our complicated relationship with “the jab.”
  • Rich, educated and stupid parents are driving the vaccination crisis

    Rich, educated and stupid parents are driving the vaccination crisis
    The most shocking and disheartening story you'll read in the Los Angeles Times today may be our piece on the stunning decline in vaccination rates among California's kindergarten-age children. Kids are coming to school with immunization exemptions at...

    An updated map: The devastating toll of the anti-vaccination movement

    An updated map: The devastating toll of the anti-vaccination movement
    Marking Friday as World Polio Day, the Council on Foreign Relations has released an updated map showing the global prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases. The map was first released in 2011. We commend Laurie Garrett of the CFR for her work pulling...

    On Jonas Salk's 100th birthday, a celebration of his polio vaccine

    Few scientific achievements have had as swift and dramatic effect — and been surrounded by as much myth — as the development of the polio vaccine by Jonas Salk, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday. Salk, who died in 1995, is remembered...

    Inject some sanity into Ebola reaction

    Inject some sanity into Ebola reaction
    Nurse Kaci Hickox is still at large, despite efforts by two governors to put her back in captivity. As such, she has become a threat to public health or a hero to the cause of freedom, science and good sense, depending on your point of view. Good,...