About 5% of Washington kindergartners had an exemption from immunizations for a medical, personal, or religious reason — 7% were “out of compliance.”
Washington no longer allows personal or philosophical exemptions to the requirement that students get theMMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
When a federal panel recently recommended an update to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine guidelines, it left a lot of uncertainty.
These two cases brings the total to nine measles cases in King County residents since the beginning of May.
Measles is worrisome to cancer patients because those receiving chemotherapy or recovering from a transplant may have weakened immunity.
To some degree, all states recognize that older children should have some autonomy in making health care decisions.
What is wrong with those parents? Are they anti-science? Are they simply ignorant or selfish? Are they crazy? Or are they just like us?
Washington state, which recently experienced a serious measles outbreak, has the only state legislature this year that passed tighter vaccination rules.
Parents are using end runs around new laws requiring vaccinations, often, with the cooperation of doctors.
New findings clearly show that the routine HPV vaccination program has been a resounding success.
Precedents exist for making people have certain vaccines. Perhaps it’s time to extend this.
Area hospitals are reporting a big uptick in the number of flu cases so far in March.
A gradual approach to vaccinations is better than no vaccinations at all. But delaying vaccines is risky.
In the 1960s, measles infected about 3-4 million people in the U.S. each year. More than 48,000 were hospitalized. Up to 500 people died.