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Adult vaccine recommendations beyond flu, COVID — catch up

The article stresses the importance of keeping up-to-date with adult vaccines beyond just flu and COVID-19 shots. It details CDC recommendations for vaccines against RSV, shingles, pneumococcal disease, MMR, and Tdap. Ignoring these can leave adults vulnerable to serious diseases. Vaccination helps prevent disease outbreaks and potentially save lives.

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Measles is vaccine-preventable, yet it is coming back

Measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is making a resurgence due to reduced vaccination levels influenced by myths and misinformation, including debunked claims linking the MMR vaccine to autism. This safe and effective vaccine prevents not only measles but also severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis. Despite its rarity in recent decades due to widespread vaccination, current complacency among parents poses risks, underscoring the importance of maintaining high immunization rates to protect public health.

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Refuting a list of anti-vaccine claims and tropes once again

Anti-vaccine claims continue to circulate despite clear refutation with evidence and legal facts. Vaccination programs offer a clear route to compensation for rare adverse events, and vaccines, including the hepatitis B vaccine, remain critical for preventing serious diseases. Ingredients in vaccines are present in safe, low doses, and the rigorous testing standards, such as double-blind placebo studies, ensure vaccine safety and effectiveness. Herd immunity protects against disease spread, which is wrongly attributed to the presence of unvaccinated individuals. Mandatory vaccinations in many countries confirm the global acceptance of vaccines’ health benefits, contrasting with unfounded anti-vaccine allegations.

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Los Angeles public health officials issue measles warnings

The article discusses the recent measles exposure in Los Angeles, emphasizes the disease’s severity, and contrasts LA’s proactive public health response with Florida’s inadequate one. Highlighting measles’ high contagion rate, lack of treatment, and serious complications, it underscores the importance of the MMR vaccine, refuting misconceptions about vaccine safety. The LA County Public Health tracked a measles-infected individual’s movements, advising potentially exposed unvaccinated people to consult healthcare providers and monitor for symptoms.

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Measles surges in the USA — we need more vaccinations

Despite the near eradication of measles in the USA, cases are surging due to insufficient vaccinations. Measles is a serious respiratory disease with possible deadly complications for children, particularly those under 12 months old who cannot be vaccinated. The CDC has responded to the 64 cases reported in 2024 with vaccination advisories. Vaccination remains the safest, effective prevention, disproving anti-vaccine claims linking MMR to autism. International travel has been linked to most U.S. cases; hence, vaccination is critical for those traveling.

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Measles outbreaks in the USA are a public health problem

Physicians are concerned about recent measles outbreaks in the USA, citing misinformation as a contributing factor. Lack of public memory of measles’ severity, due to vaccine success, has lowered vigilance. Highly contagious, measles’ complications can be severe including death, with no cure but the highly effective MMR vaccine. Low vaccination rates and anti-vaccine sentiments risk exacerbating these outbreaks, undermining herd immunity and public health.

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The Trump school vaccine plan will be a public health catastrophe

Donald Trump threatens to defund schools implementing vaccine mandates, possibly risking a public health catastrophe by endangering vaccine rates for diseases like measles, which is highly contagious and potentially fatal. Historically, school vaccine mandates have been crucial in nearly eradicating diseases such as polio and maintaining high childhood vaccination rates in the USA. The potential repeal of mandates could lead to outbreaks, strain hospital resources, and have severe health and economic impacts. Leading experts strongly oppose the plan, forewarning of its dire consequences.

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Anti-vaxxers underestimate the dangers of measles

Measles is often underestimated as a benign disease, despite causing serious complications such as pneumonia, hearing loss, and a fatal brain condition called SSPE. The MMR vaccine is crucial for prevention, as measles can lead to death and long-term suppression of the immune system, making children more susceptible to other infections. Sadly, non-vaccinated individuals are enabling the spread of measles, exemplified by a case where a young girl named Angelina suffered and died from SSPE contracted as an infant. Vaccination is essential to prevent such tragic outcomes and protect public health.

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Measles cases appearing along the US East Coast

Measles, once eradicated in the USA, is resurfacing along the East Coast largely due to unvaccinated children. The highly contagious virus can cause serious complications like pneumonia and encephalitis. Recent cases have been linked to unvaccinated travelers from endemic regions. The MMR vaccine is the best prevention, debunking any autism linkage and proving 97% effective. As measles can swiftly spread, keeping vaccinations current is crucial for public health.