| Jan 22, 2015
| 3:15 PM
The Anne Arundel County health department and school officials have notified residents that there has been an uptick this year in cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, particularly in school-aged children, and officials want those who are infected to...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 9:38 PM
The issue of measles in California suddenly generated national headlines Wednesday thanks to a Disney connection.
A person infected with measles is suspected of visiting Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in December after authorities...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Dr. Anne Schneider, a family medicine physician with Edward Medical Group, suggests keeping your children current on their vaccinations to help protect your community and schools from outbreaks of disease.
“Immunizations help protect infants,...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 12:03 PM
The world is scrambling to control the Ebola epidemic. Daily we hear about quarantines, possible outbreaks, governmental interventions and the death toll, which is now estimated to be nearly 6,000. Researchers are rushing to develop effective vaccines....
| Dec 5, 2014
| 6:29 PM
GLASTONBURY — A single case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed at Glastonbury High School, officials said in a message to parents on Friday afternoon.
Pertussis is treated with antibiotics, but the school's message said...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 10:08 AM
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...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 3:43 PM
In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We've seen this happen around the world with a wide range of illnesses, from swine flu to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, to Ebola.
| Sep 3, 2014
| 1:18 PM
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...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 6:02 PM
In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We've seen this happen around the world with a wide range of illnesses, from swine flu to SARS to Ebola.
And even after threats are addressed, a new form of...
| 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...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Ebola fever in the United States -- the social, not the medical, phenomenon -- is moving toward a climax.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents in a fresh Washington Post-ABC News poll said they're "concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic in the United...