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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 »

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 »

We're All Family. But RFK Jr. Is So Wrong

Three Kennedys resist his anti-vaccination claims

(Newser) - With measles on the rise again, three voices are standing up to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s claims about vaccines—and they're all Kennedys. "We love Bobby," write siblings Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Joseph Kennedy II, and niece Maeve Kennedy McKean, at Politico . "...However, on... 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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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 »

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 »

His Mom Is an Anti-Vaxxer. At 18, He Got His Shots

'It was like he was spitting on me,' says mother of Ohio's Ethan Lindenberger

(Newser) - Ethan Lindenberger grew up in Norwalk, Ohio, with an anti-vaxxer mom who refused to get him his shots. Now that he's 18, Lindenberger is making headlines for his decision to defy his mother and get vaccinated, reports USA Today . "My parents think vaccines are some kind of government... 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 »

10 States With Lowest Vaccination Rates

Wyoming gets worst marks

(Newser) - Concerned about the anti-vaccination movement? Check out 24/7 Wall St. , which ranks all 50 states by their vaccination rates. The 10 with the worst:
  1. Wyoming: 72.8% of infants and toddlers have received the recommended dosage of the DTaP immunization, and 34.3% of adults get inoculated against influenza.
  2. West
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Refusal to Vaccinate Tied to Resurgence of Measles, Pertussis

More than half of recent measles cases appeared in unvaccinated people: study

(Newser) - Wondering what's behind recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in the US? Perhaps not surprisingly, a new study published in JAMA finds that people who don't vaccinate—for non-medical reasons—contribute to the problem, Reuters reports. Since measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, there... More »

Aussies Cut Benefits for Anti-Vax Parents

New rules nixing childcare payments take effect Jan. 1

(Newser) - Parents in Australia who don't have their children immunized by Jan. 1 will soon find themselves embroiled in what the country calls its "no jab, no pay" laws—meaning if they don't take their kids for vaccinations by then, they'll lose childcare benefits, rebates, and a... More »

California Poised to Make Vaccines Mandatory

Under bill that cleared assembly, no more religious exemptions would be allowed

(Newser) - After its recent major measles outbreak, California is pretty close to becoming only the third state to deny vaccine exemptions for religious reasons. The state assembly today approved legislation that would require all kids entering public or private daycare, elementary school, or secondary school for the first time in the... More »

Ex Anti-Vaxxer: All 7 of My Kids Got Whooping Cough

Tara Hills tells her story in attempt to reach others like her

(Newser) - Tara Hills used to be anti-vaccination, but a nearby measles outbreak changed her mind and convinced her to get her seven kids, all of whom were under-vaccinated or completely unvaccinated, up to date. The Canadian mom set up a schedule with their family doctor ... but just days before they went... More »

Should Parents of Infected Kids Sue Anti-Vaxxers?

That's what one researcher suggests

(Newser) - It's been suggested that the anti-vaccination movement can be slowed down or halted through tougher laws and/or peer pressure —but what would happen if parents of kids who get infected from someone who isn't immunized sued the disease-spreader? A paper published in the Cornell Journal of Law ... More »

Pro-Vaxxers Jump on Christie: 'Insane,' 'Pandering'

Critics rail against NJ guv's stance for parental 'choice' regarding vaccines

(Newser) - NJ Gov. Chris Christie is now pulling back on statements he made earlier today—in response to the recent measles outbreak —that parents should have a "choice" whether to get their kids vaccinated. "The Governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection, and with a disease... More »

Chris Christie on Vaccines: Parents Should Have 'Choice'

While President Obama says, 'get your kids vaccinated'

(Newser) - Chris Christie is in the UK—technically on a trade mission for New Jersey, but most are looking at the trip as a precursor to his seemingly inevitable presidential campaign—and today in England he was asked about vaccinations in light of the US measles outbreak. "We vaccinate ours... More »

How to Stop the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Peer pressure—and more regulation, writes Michael Hiltzik

(Newser) - In the wake of the Disneyland-linked measles outbreak, which has now hit 87 cases, columnist Michael Hiltzik takes a look back at Jenny McCarthy in a Los Angeles Times piece whose headline dubs her a "public menace" for popularizing the anti-vaccine movement. Hiltzik also reminds us that McCarthy, who... More »

74% Would Pull Their Kids From Vaccine-Lax Day Care

Most also believe day care providers should check vaccinations every year

(Newser) - Most parents would consider yanking their kids out of a day care setting if other kids weren't vaccinated, according to a study by the University of Michigan's CS Mott Children's Hospital . More than 600 parents of kids up to the age of 5 were queried for the... More »

Vaccine Costs Rising, Some Doctors Stop Offering Them

Childhood immunization costs are skyrocketing: NYT

(Newser) - When Breanna Farris moved to Texas last year, her daughter missed the first week of school as Farris searched in vain for a provider who would give her the required vaccinations. Farris ultimately had to lie, pretending she had no insurance and taking the girl to a public health clinic,... More »

Vaccine Delay Aggravates Swine Flu Fears

Uncertainty of supply makes scheduling immunization clinics tough

(Newser) - Production delays that are slowing the distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine could hardly have come at a worse time, with the death toll in young people mounting and antivaccine activists seizing on any chance to make their position heard. Experts point out that the H1N1 version uses the same... More »

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