| Jun 13, 2014
| 5:53 PM
For the first time in four years, California is experiencing a statewide epidemic of pertussis, or whooping cough, with infants under the age of 6 months facing the greatest risk of hospitalization or death, according to state health authorities.
| 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 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 11, 2014
| 1:51 PM
Russia: With at least four volcanoes in the far eastern region of Kamchatka continuing to show signs of increased activity, officials have warned of possible eruptions. Because ash plumes from the volcanoes could pose a risk to air traffic, the...
| Aug 10, 2013
Across the country, preschools and elementary schools are declaring themselves nut free or peanut free, asking families not to pack lunch foods that could pose life-threatening dangers to highly allergic children. And the prohibitions are expanding beyond...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 2:07 PM
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. That ... really shouldn’t be the question. But for some reason it is in America.
Deadly diseases such as measles and polio are no longer a threat to the majority of vaccinated Americans. (As The Times’...
| Aug 21, 2013
About 50 percent of Americans use alternative medicine — and 10 percent use it on their children, according to Paul Offit, author of the new book, "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine." (HarperCollins).
| Aug 25, 2013
| 8:00 PM
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