| Sep 19, 2014
In preparation for giving birth to her first child five years ago, Eula Biss began researching the vaccination process. Public health policy strongly recommends that every child should be inoculated for a variety of diseases on a schedule that begins...
| Sep 20, 2014
More than three-quarters of Americans believe vaccines for such diseases as measles, mumps, and whooping cough should be mandatory for children, a new Harris poll finds. The margin increases with age, with 88 percent of respondents over 69 years old and...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Did I pause, ever so briefly, when it was time for my daughter to be vaccinated as required under California law?
Yes. A parent worries.
You worry about a negative reaction, or even about claims by some that high rates of autism might be related to...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 5:40 PM
To the editor: As a school nurse, I read this article on the high rates of vaccine exemptions for schoolchildren based on parents' personal beliefs with dismay but not surprise. ("Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials," Sept....
| Sep 2, 2014
| 8:50 PM
California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts said is contributing to the reemergence of measles across the state and may lead to outbreaks of...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Quashing the polio virus for good may take a belt-and-suspenders approach, a new study suggests. One in which children get not only a dose of the cheap and easy-to-administer oral vaccine, but at least one dose of the inactivated vaccine - the one...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Articles on the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and declining immunization rates tend to draw passionate responses both from people dismayed that generations of progress fighting deadly infections may be reversed and parents reluctant to...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 7:34 PM
Maureen Viereck arrived at Dr. Bob Sears' Dana Point office with her 4-year-old son, having driven from San Diego to meet the pediatrician and discuss her concerns about vaccines.
She worries that immunizations cause health problems, and friends had...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:09 AM
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland will have to add new shots to their lists of things to do before heading back to school this month.
Vaccines required for all school-age children in Maryland include tetanus, diphtheria,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 3:03 PM
An experimental Ebola vaccine that is offering some hope for West Africa was invented in a small Canadian Prairie city and had its roots in the Cold War, the German town of Marburg and a disease scare that panicked Toronto in the 1970s.
| Mar 7, 2014
In the summer of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors "to...