History of Vaccines Blog
In Europe, measles cases are at a 20-year high:
"A growing anti-vaccine movement in Europe, fuelled by social media and anti-establishment populists, is putting lives at risk and may be to blame for measles outbreaks surging to a 20-year high, health experts are warning.
A previous version of today's blog post was published in Berkeley Wellness, and it can be accessed here: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-community/contagious-disease/article/life-vaccines-my-story. It was written by Dr. Margot Smith, "a retired social scientist who currently lives in Berkeley, California, where she actively advocates for universal health care and economic justice.
It's the end of the week, so we're bringing to you the most important news in the world of vaccines.
In New York City, the outbreak of measles continues. As a result, some schools are keeping unvaccinated children from attending classes:
"Beginning Friday, students in some Brooklyn zip codes will not be permitted to attend school unless they have a measles vaccine.
Several cases of the measles were confirmed this fall in the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, but the notice also affects communities in Borough Park.
The recent death of a University of Maryland freshman from complications of an adenovirus infection brought the virus and the disease it causes into the limelight. According to The Washington Post:
In South Carolina, human error in administering vaccines to about 1,800 children means that they will have to be immunized again:
"About 1800 letters from the Greenville Health System went out to families this week, saying due to a human error, their child may not have received full doses of some vaccines.