| Sep 24, 2014
| 10:40 AM
Officials at New Trier High School confirmed Wednesday that two students were recently diagnosed with whooping cough, but said the number of cases is typical for this time of year.
As required by the Cook County Department of Public Health, parents were...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:55 PM
Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to protect your child against dangerous infectious diseases. Thanks to immunizations, polio, diphtheria and tetanus (lockjaw) have almost disappeared in the United States, and each year vaccines save an...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:06 PM
It's always dismaying when seemingly rational, intelligent people make incomprehensible decisions.
Such is the case when parents ignore reams of scientific data, demonstrable real-world evidence and expert advice by choosing to forgo standard...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Starting middle school comes with a whole host of worries -- going to a new school, picking electives, making friends -- but coming down with whooping cough doesn’t need to be one of them.
For incoming 7th grade students in the Los Angeles Unified...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:09 PM
The number of people who have found God in the last 10 years has risen dramatically.
That is, if we're talking about people who cite religion for exempting their school-age kids from state-required vaccinations.
But that trend isn't about faith.
| 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 5, 2014
| 4:17 PM
If a back-to-school shopping list is the only list you've made for your child, you may want to get out another clipboard.
Doctors are recommending that parents accomplish items on a health to-do checklist before the first day of school so that their...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 4:37 PM
Heather Von Bank's first line of defense in the war of germs is common sense. She taught her sons Charlie, 4, and Max, 1, to wash their hands often, keep their hands out of their faces, blow their noses with tissues and "vampire cough" into their...
| 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...
| 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...