Despite vaccination success, US still faces outbreaks
This week, the World Health Organization kicks off World Immunization Week "to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease." In the U.S., overall vaccination compliance remains high for many childhood immunizations, with at least 90 percent of children getting the
How Billions From Mark Zuckerberg Could Help Stop the Spread of Some Diseases
The announcement by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife that they are creating a foundation and plan to give up 99 percent of their Facebook shares over to charity amounts to a whopping $45 billion in today's market. Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan pledged to work on a host of causes over their
Two Vaccines Every Pregnant Woman Should Get
When you’re pregnant, you pay extra-close attention to nearly everything you put into your body, from a tuna fish sandwich to everyday pain medication. So you might also feel extra nervous about getting a flu shot or other vaccines. But some vaccines are actually crucial during pregnancy: “Being
102-Year-Old German Woman Gets PhD After Being Turned Away by Nazis 77 Years Ago
A 102-year-old woman from Germany will belatedly get her Ph.D. after being turned away 77 years ago by university officials for being Jewish. Pediatrician Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport will have a ceremony in her honor at the University of Hamburg on June 9, a university spokeswoman told ABC News.
Maps Show Consequences of Not Vaccinating Kids
The U.S. may be suffering through one of the worst measles outbreaks in years, but there are parts of the world where access to vaccines is difficult, as illustrated by a report from the Save the Children charitable organization. A map from a Save the Children report from 2012 highlights how an
Whooping Cough Back With a Vengeance in California
Callie Van Tornhout was about a month old when her mother noticed that she'd developed a dry cough on a Sunday afternoon in January. Soon the cough worsened, and Callie became pale and started throwing up, Callie's mother, Katie Van Tornhout told ABC News. By the middle of the week, Callie stopped
Adult Vaccines: What You Need and When
The recent surge of vaccine-preventable diseases is a comeback story that deserves no cheers. Measles, considered officially eliminated from the United States back in 2000, has reappeared, with outbreaks in 20 states in 2014. These headlines may have you running to double-check that your kids'
Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border
The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned....
Hundreds NC Students Suspended for Vaccination Lapse
Sixth Graders are Required to Get Vaccination Against Whooping Cough, Diptheria
What to Look for in a Doctor
You know your primary care doc should test your cholesterol and vitals; you're aware your gyno should do a breast exam and ask about your cycle, and you realize your dentist should clean and examine your teeth. But there are other things an internist, a gynecologist or a dentist does (or doesn't