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  • The Texas Tribune s Trib Talk on March 23 2015 By Heather Cummings In 2013 my daughter Kiera was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis Despite her illness Kiera who is 5 years old is a normal kid Continue reading Mar 18 2015 Doing your research on vaccines a how to guide for finding science based info online Recent outbreaks of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to FightFlu yes there s still time It might be spring break but we aren t out of the woods yet Several states in the U S are still reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses Please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated if they haven t Continue reading Mar 5 2015 Amid Headlines and Statistics Stories Still Matter In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak there s been a flood of news stories talking about the disease and subsequently vaccination Stats have been cited Policies have been debated And a flurry of angry op eds have cropped up arguing Continue reading Feb 19 2015 4 Striking statistics about vaccination 1 Influenza kills more people in the United States than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined In the U S we tend to underestimate flu Perhaps it s because it s so common an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every Continue reading Feb 12 2015 To the nurse who bullied me into getting the HPV vaccine Thank you By Robyn Correll Carlyle My first year of public

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  • to guide for finding science based info online Recent outbreaks of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to FightFlu yes there s still time It might be spring break but we aren t out of the woods yet Several states in the U S are still reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses Please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated if they haven t Continue reading Mar 5 2015 Amid Headlines and Statistics Stories Still Matter In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak there s been a flood of news stories talking about the disease and subsequently vaccination Stats have been cited Policies have been debated And a flurry of angry op eds have cropped up arguing Continue reading Feb 19 2015 4 Striking statistics about vaccination 1 Influenza kills more people in the United States than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined In the U S we tend to underestimate flu Perhaps it s because it s so common an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every Continue reading Feb 12 2015 To the nurse who bullied me into getting the HPV vaccine Thank you By Robyn Correll Carlyle My first year of public health grad school I went into the student health center for my general checkup My blood pressure was well within range I was a healthy weight I exercised three times a Continue reading Feb 5 2015 Measles Control Made Easy Stronger Laws Equal Less Disease This post originally

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  • how to guide for finding science based info online Recent outbreaks of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to FightFlu yes there s still time It might be spring break but we aren t out of the woods yet Several states in the U S are still reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses Please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated if they haven t Continue reading Mar 5 2015 Amid Headlines and Statistics Stories Still Matter In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak there s been a flood of news stories talking about the disease and subsequently vaccination Stats have been cited Policies have been debated And a flurry of angry op eds have cropped up arguing Continue reading Feb 19 2015 4 Striking statistics about vaccination 1 Influenza kills more people in the United States than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined In the U S we tend to underestimate flu Perhaps it s because it s so common an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every Continue reading Feb 12 2015 To the nurse who bullied me into getting the HPV vaccine Thank you By Robyn Correll Carlyle My first year of public health grad school I went into the student health center for my general checkup My blood pressure was well within range I was a healthy weight I exercised three times a Continue reading Feb 5 2015 Measles Control Made Easy Stronger Laws Equal Less Disease This post

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  • of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to FightFlu yes there s still time It might be spring break but we aren t out of the woods yet Several states in the U S are still reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses Please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated if they haven t Continue reading Mar 5 2015 Amid Headlines and Statistics Stories Still Matter In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak there s been a flood of news stories talking about the disease and subsequently vaccination Stats have been cited Policies have been debated And a flurry of angry op eds have cropped up arguing Continue reading Feb 19 2015 4 Striking statistics about vaccination 1 Influenza kills more people in the United States than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined In the U S we tend to underestimate flu Perhaps it s because it s so common an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every Continue reading Feb 12 2015 To the nurse who bullied me into getting the HPV vaccine Thank you By Robyn Correll Carlyle My first year of public health grad school I went into the student health center for my general checkup My blood pressure was well within range I was a healthy weight I exercised three times a Continue reading Feb 5 2015 Measles Control Made Easy Stronger Laws Equal Less Disease This post originally appeared on The Network for Public Health Law on February

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  • have rights too This post originally appeared in The Texas Tribune s Trib Talk on March 23 2015 By Heather Cummings In 2013 my daughter Kiera was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis Despite her illness Kiera who is 5 years old is a normal kid Continue reading Mar 18 2015 Doing your research on vaccines a how to guide for finding science based info online Recent outbreaks of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to FightFlu yes there s still time It might be spring break but we aren t out of the woods yet Several states in the U S are still reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses Please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated if they haven t Continue reading Mar 5 2015 Amid Headlines and Statistics Stories Still Matter In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak there s been a flood of news stories talking about the disease and subsequently vaccination Stats have been cited Policies have been debated And a flurry of angry op eds have cropped up arguing Continue reading Feb 19 2015 4 Striking statistics about vaccination 1 Influenza kills more people in the United States than all other vaccine preventable diseases combined In the U S we tend to underestimate flu Perhaps it s because it s so common an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu every Continue reading Feb 12 2015 To the nurse who bullied me into getting the HPV vaccine Thank you By

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  • are currently taking steps toward limiting or eliminating non medical exemptions For example a 2012 bill in the Vermont Senate proposed the removal of philosophical exemptions from the state s school vaccination requirements Also several states including Washington Wash Rev Code 28A 210 090 and Oregon Or Rev Stat 433 267 now require parents who request a non medical exemption to provide evidence that they were advised by a health care provider about the risks and benefits of immunization Pursue Tort Claims Some legal scholars have suggested examining the viability of bringing a cause of action against parents who refuse to immunize and whose decision results in the spread of a vaccine preventable disease Much has been written about the potential for such a cause of action to be successful how the case might be built who might have standing to bring a cause of action and the likely outcomes in different scenarios In the face of the current measles epidemic the viability of this type of legal action could be tested in an effort to compel parents to take responsibility for immunizing their children and for protecting others Actively engage in foreign relations As concerning as the measles cases are in the U S there is an even scarier scenario playing out in Europe and other parts of the world Unlike the U S most countries do not require any vaccines for school entry Children in other countries get their immunizations on a recommended schedule usually determined by the country s public health officials If they have not received a vaccine by the time they start school there is no mechanism to compel their parents to get them up to date Last year there were 4 151 cases of measles in Europe compared with 644 in the U S Since measles was declared eradicated in the U S in 2000 every outbreak has been tied to someone who traveled overseas and brought the disease home with them Vaccine preventable diseases are high in many countries in Europe and across the developing world With infectious diseases what happens in one country has far reaching effects in the U S This is why we have put so many resources into eradicating polio Until there are no more cases we are all at risk because diseases can and do reemerge In order to truly impact the diseases coming into this country we need to take an active role in helping other countries overcome their challenges in the fight against vaccine preventable diseases Access to care affordability logistics and education are all factors that contribute to low immunization rates in other countries Additionally with the rise of Neglected Tropical Diseases NTDs in the U S new opportunities for international collaborative research and vaccine development are possible In order to protect Americans there needs to be increased efforts to address all of these challenges through vaccine diplomacy vaccine development partnerships increased support for immunization programs abroad and encouragement to implement strong laws and policies

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  • children s schools like test scores and school ratings immunization exemption information will give parents one more key piece of information about their child s health and safety at school A bill will soon be filed in the Texas Legislature to make de identified immunization exemption rate information for every school in Texas available to parents Let your legislator know how important it is to you that you have access to this critical information about your child s school 2 Share your views your peers will listen So what do you do if you find out that your child s school has a high immunization exemption rate Start a conversation with the parents at your child s school A diplomatic and respectful conversation might sway a person who s sitting on the fence With the advent of the 24 hour news cycle and unlimited access to both fact and fiction on the internet it can be hard for parents to discern valid information from misinformation Spread the truth about vaccines bust the myths and take a stand Ask your peers to do their homework and point them to reliable sources for immunization information You might be surprised how the facts can persuade reasonable people to change their minds Talk to your friends and family members They ll listen Practice what you preach Immunize on time every time Are you up to date on all your adult vaccines Did you get the flu shot this year Are your parents children and spouse up to date What about your co workers and their families Immunizing is individual act that protects a whole community Set the example Make immunizations a priority and make sure that the people around you do too We can stop diseases like the measles if we band together Let s work together to make sure nothing happens Home Education Events Advocacy Best Practices About Us Contact Blog Twitter Facebook Mar 24 2015 Children who can t be vaccinated have rights too This post originally appeared in The Texas Tribune s Trib Talk on March 23 2015 By Heather Cummings In 2013 my daughter Kiera was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis Despite her illness Kiera who is 5 years old is a normal kid Continue reading Mar 18 2015 Doing your research on vaccines a how to guide for finding science based info online Recent outbreaks of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to FightFlu yes there s still time It might be spring break but we aren t out of the woods yet Several states in the U S are still reporting high levels of influenza like illnesses Please continue to encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated if they haven t Continue

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  • disease and is highly contagious Simply being in the same room with someone who has measles can and almost always does cause an unvaccinated person to be infected A highly effective vaccine nearly eradicated the disease but it has recently made a comeback due to the surge in children who are not fully immunized which leads me to the fifth threat 5 Vaccine refusal Texas allows parents to opt out of vaccines for their children based on personal beliefs This means that your child could be in a school with unvaccinated children who would present a significant risk of spreading diseases like measles chicken pox meningitis or some other vaccine preventable disease if there were an outbreak In 2011 12 nearly 30 000 children in Texas schools were unvaccinated most of them for non medical reasons likely due to fears about vaccine safety that have been thoroughly refuted by the medical community But due to regulations about how data are collected and stored Texas parents don t have access to any information about the immunization rates in their children s schools The parents of a child with an immune suppressing illness have rights too The virus of vaccine refusal is based on pseudoscience but it s spreading every day in Texas and we re poised for a preventable tragedy Having spent six years living and working in Sierra Leone in a rural missionary hospital and later as a relief worker during the civil war I ve been watching the spread of Ebola in my former home with a heavy heart and a deep understanding of the overwhelming challenges facing the country Given Sierra Leone s brutally hot climate and lack of resources and public health infrastructure it s no surprise that the epidemic has quickly escalated to a public health emergency and humanitarian crisis But we can and will avert widespread outbreak in the U S The real threat is complacency and a disregard for the scientific evidence of vaccine safety Texas must increase funding to fight vaccine preventable disease reform our laws to prioritize public health and respond to constant threats that jeopardize the health of our community Home Education Events Advocacy Best Practices About Us Contact Blog Twitter Facebook Mar 24 2015 Children who can t be vaccinated have rights too This post originally appeared in The Texas Tribune s Trib Talk on March 23 2015 By Heather Cummings In 2013 my daughter Kiera was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis Despite her illness Kiera who is 5 years old is a normal kid Continue reading Mar 18 2015 Doing your research on vaccines a how to guide for finding science based info online Recent outbreaks of measles mumps and whooping cough have been linked to inadequate immunization rates throughout the United States and abroad While vaccination rates as a whole remain high across the U S there are small pockets of individuals who choose to delay or Continue reading Mar 13 2015 5 Great resources you can use to

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