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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 »

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 »

Teen Refused Vaccine and Sued, Then Got 'Itchy'

Lawyer says Jerome Kunkel knew he was at risk of chickenpox

(Newser) - No regrets. That's the mentality of Jerome Kunkel, the northern Kentucky teenager who objected to getting the chickenpox vaccine on religious grounds, only to come down with symptoms last week. "He's fine. He's a little itchy," attorney Christopher Wiest tells WXIX . The Washington Post reports... More »

Old Brady Bunch Episode Becomes Anti-Vaxxer Theme

But actress who played Marcia speaks out against

(Newser) - Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, thinks people should get their information on measles from medical professionals in 2019, not sitcom episodes from 50 years earlier. McCormick isn't happy about anti-vaxxers pointing to a 1969 episode in which the whole Brady family comes down with... 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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Catholic Teen Files Lawsuit Over Chickenpox

Jerome Kunkel, 18, objects to it on religious grounds

(Newser) - A Catholic high school student in Kentucky is suing for his right to avoid the chickenpox vaccine—on religious grounds, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Jerome Kunkel, 18, says the Northern Kentucky Health Dept. violated his religious freedom by telling unvaccinated students to stay away from Our Lady of the Sacred... More »

Unvaccinated Boy Spends 47 Days in ICU With Tetanus

His parents still refuse to get him vaccinated

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy in Oregon fell down while playing on a farm and cut his forehead—and if he'd had his standard childhood shots, you wouldn't be reading about him. But the boy was unvaccinated, and he ended up suffering greatly and almost dying from the first childhood... 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 »

He Defied Mom on Vaccines. Now He'll Tell Congress

Ethan Lindenberger got his shots when he turned 18, despite mother's opposition

(Newser) - When Ethan Lindenberger turned 18 and started receiving vaccinations over the objections of his anti-vaxxer mom, she said it felt as if he were "spitting on me." It's a safe bet, then, that she won't like this new development: Lindenberger tweeted that he will be testifying... 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 »

White House Official's Wife Takes Flak for Measles Posts

'Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases,' Darla Shine tweets

(Newser) - The wife of a top White House aide is taking flak for a series of anti-vaccination—and pro-measles—posts on social media. Darla Shine, wife of White House communications chief Bill Shine, started tweeting in response to a CNN segment on the measles outbreak in Washington and Oregon, calling it... More »

Pneumonia Shot Fells Hulk Actor Ferrigno

67-year-old actor is OK now, but he says routine shot sent him to the hospital

(Newser) - The Incredible Hulk was feeling pumped up this week—but with IV fluid, not testosterone-induced rage. On Wednesday night, Lou Ferrigno posted on social media a picture of himself wearing a green hospital gown (naturally) and hooked up to an IV in a medical center in Santa Monica, Calif., noting... More »

Unvaccinated Child Is First Death of Flu Season

Death should be a 'wake-up call,' experts say

(Newser) - An unvaccinated child in Florida has become the first death of flu season, officials say. The child, whose age and hometown has not been disclosed, died between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6 of influenza B, ABC reports. Officials say the child was otherwise healthy, with no underlying conditions. According to... More »

Russian Trolls Apparently Whipped Up Frenzy Over Vaccines

Kremlin-linked accounts argued both sides to sow discord: study

(Newser) - You might think twice about heading to Twitter or Facebook to read about vaccinations. "A significant portion of the online discourse about vaccines may be generated by malicious actors with a range of hidden agendas," says George Washington University's David Broniatowski, author of a new study calling... More »

Kids, Young Moms Succumbing During Deadly Flu Season

'We probably haven't peaked yet,' one doctor warns

(Newser) - Sobering stats out of the CDC Friday show that 37 kids have perished from the respiratory illness as of last Saturday—and the flu season is on track to be one of the worst in 15 years, the Washington Post reports. Nearly 12,000 people have required hospitalization so far,... More »

WHO: Clandestine Factories Making Fake Drugs That Harm

Agency found that fake or substandard drugs are big problem worldwide

(Newser) - While some people are getting sick, others are getting rich, NPR reports—and a new World Health Organization study reveals why. It's all linked to counterfeit drugs, notes the report from the WHO, which estimates one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income nations is either substandard (licensed... More »

Breakthrough Could Transform Vaccine Shots

New technology would allow for a single childhood shot

(Newser) - Potential good news for kids—and the parents who hate to watch them squirm when faced with a needle. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a technology that could allow childhood vaccines—for everything from polio to measles, mumps, and rubella—to be combined into a single... 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 »

De Niro Making News Again Over Vaccines

Supports $100K reward offered for proof of debunked link to autism

(Newser) - Despite once expressing a desire to punch him, Robert De Niro now says he's open to working President Trump—at least indirectly—on exploring the debunked link between autism and vaccines, the Washington Post reports. "If he does the right thing, he does the right thing," the... More »

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