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Get Vaccinated or Don't Return From Break, Students Told

Schools will exclude those out of compliance after break, as state law requires

(Newser) - Seattle public schools has given parents and students an assignment and a deadline. Students must have required vaccinations by Jan. 8, or they won't be allowed back in school after break. Many are not in compliance with measles, mumps, and rubella, KIRO reports. “I think they did the... More »

50 Kids, Babies Dead in Measles Outbreak

Samoa has mandated everyone on the island nation get vaccinated

(Newser) - Samoa’s government said Monday that another five children had died within the past day from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll from the epidemic to more than 50 as authorities race to vaccinate the entire population, the AP reports. Samoa declared a national emergency last month and mandated... More »

They Were Meant to Get Flu Shots. Instead, a 'Medical Misadventure'

8 residents, 2 workers at Oklahoma care center apparently received insulin instead of flu vaccine

(Newser) - Investigators believe an unintentional mix-up led to 10 people being hospitalized in Oklahoma after receiving what was supposed to be their flu vaccines. The AP reports that eight residents and two workers at Jacquelyn House, a care center for people with intellectual disabilities, were sickened this week after the shots... More »

Their Babies Died. The Anti-Vaxx Movement Used Them

They contact 'parents who have lost children, giving them false information and false hope'

(Newser) - As Catelin Clobes frantically spoke to a 911 dispatcher the morning of March 1, one thing she said was, "This can't be real. This is because she was sleeping with me." She had woken up to find her 6-month-old daughter, Evee, cold and unresponsive beside her in... More »

They Were Voting on a Bill. Then the 'Blood' Rained Down

Woman allegedly hurled menstrual cup with what 'appeared to be blood' at Calif. state senators

(Newser) - California's state senators trying to get through the last day of the legislative year in Sacramento got a somewhat early break Friday after a protester's actions spurred the evacuation of the Capitol's chambers. The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times report that around 5:15pm, as the... More »

New York Makes Big Move on Vaccines

Bill eliminates religious exemptions

(Newser) - There were emotional scenes at the Capitol in Albany Thursday as New York state lawmakers narrowly voted to end religious exemptions for vaccinations. Hundreds of opponents, many of them with young children, shouted from the gallery as lawmakers in the Assembly voted 77 to 53 to pass the bill, which... More »

Jessica Biel Forced to Clarify Her Vaccination Stance

Actress isn't anti-vax, she's just against the California vaccine bill

(Newser) - Jessica Biel is not anti-vaccination. The actress was forced to clarify that after appearing with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—who is an anti-vaxxer—at the California statehouse Tuesday to lobby against a vaccination bill currently under consideration in the state legislature. California requires certain vaccinations in order for children... More »

Hundreds Oppose California's Mandatory Vaccines Proposal

As measles cases in US hit 25-year high

(Newser) - As news broke Wednesday that US measles cases have hit their highest mark in 25 years, a proposed vaccine law in California was drawing massive opposition. Details:
  • Officials in hard-hit New York City on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week, in what would make this the nation'
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Governor Says He Exposed His Kids to Chickenpox

Bevin says government shouldn't 'force' vaccinations

(Newser) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During an interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT , Bevin said his children were "miserable for a few days" after contracting chickenpox but "they all... More »

Parents Fight 'Irrational' Rule on Measles, Judge Pushes Back

NY officials say 'exclusion order' stops spread of disease; judge agrees

(Newser) - No measles cases have been confirmed at the Green Meadow Waldorf School—and health officials in Rockland County, NY, where there's been an "unprecedented" outbreak, want to keep it that way. A federal judge agreed Tuesday, denying a request by parents of more than three dozen unvaccinated kids... More »

Man Busted for Breaking Quarantine to Squeeze In a Workout

Wisconsin's Jeffery Murawski allegedly was 'going crazy' during measles mandate

(Newser) - Possible contagious disease be damned—some people just can't miss shoulder day. NBC News reports on charges filed last month against Wisconsin man Jeffery Murawski, who'd been quarantined for measles in his Brookfield home last year but allegedly broke that quarantine to go to Gold's Gym. ABC... More »

With New Vaccine Study, 'a Truth Has Emerged' on Autism

Namely, as other studies have noted, that MMR vaccine isn't linked to the developmental disorder

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control and many others have long noted there's no proven link between vaccines and autism, and now the agency has yet another study to back those claims. CNN reports that the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal looked to see if there... More »

This Country Was Done With Measles. Then the Boy Arrived

5-year-old French tourist in the country has the disease

(Newser) - A French family arrived in Costa Rica last Monday and put an end to Costa Rica's measles-free status: No citizen there has contracted the disease since 2006, and the last time a foreigner brought it to the country was in 2014. The Independent reports that a 5-year-old boy was... More »

Family's Trip to Vietnam Leaves Unpleasant Souvenir

Canadian dad of 3 boys showing measles symptoms said they weren't vaccinated

(Newser) - A Canadian father now realizes that a long-held belief isn't true, but that hasn't stopped his three sons from ending up in the middle of a measles outbreak in Vancouver. Emmanuel Bilodeau tells the CBC that when his children were born more than a decade ago, he and... More »

In Anti-Vax 'Hotspot,' Measles Outbreak Spreads

Oregon, Washington now have 35 cases

(Newser) - A measles outbreak near Portland has now sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington, with 11 more cases suspected. Thirty-one of the patients had not been vaccinated against measles, and the status of four others who were infected is not known. One child has been hospitalized. Washington state's Clark... More »

Dozens Dead in EU in 'Astounding' Measles Outbreak

There's been an uptick in US, too

(Newser) - Some not-great news out of the World Health Organization regarding one of the most contagious viruses around. Per the BBC , a record number of measles patients has been recorded in the European Union, with last year's nearly 24,000 cases being surpassed by this year's 41,000 figure.... More »

Jailed Mom 'Shocked' by Son's Vaccination

She loses primary custody after court hearing

(Newser) - A Michigan mother who went to jail for refusing to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated says she was "devastated" to learn that the boy had his shots while she was behind bars and he was in the custody of her ex-husband. Rebecca Bredow, who says vaccination goes against her... More »

She Refused to Vaccinate Her Son. Now She's Headed to Jail

Rebecca Bredow found in contempt of court Wednesday

(Newser) - A Michigan woman was sentenced to seven days in jail on Wednesday after refusing to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated, the AP reports. According to WXYZ , judge Karen McDonald found Rebecca Bredow in contempt of court for ignoring a court order to have her son immunized. Bredow had agreed to... More »

Vaccine Workers' Mistakes Kill 15 Kids in South Sudan

Measles campaign didn't follow hygiene protocol

(Newser) - Health workers vaccinating children in South Sudan against measles last month used the same syringe for all the children without sterilizing it and did not properly refrigerate the vaccine during storage, leading to the deaths of at least 15 children. Of the 300 or so children vaccinated between May 2-5... More »

Why Minnesota's Measles Outbreak Could Get Even Worse

Somali-Americans avoiding vaccines due to unfounded fears of autism

(Newser) - The Minnesota Department of Health has identified 34 cases so far in a measles outbreak, with a University of Minnesota infectious disease expert worried it's leading to a "gas-and-match situation" that will result in more cases and possibly even deaths, NPR reports. What health officials are worried may... More »

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