A majority of American teenagers, boys and girls, are reaching adulthood without the full protection of the vaccine. Sometimes they don’t get vaccinated because they or their parents are opposed to the vaccine (for reasons that irk me too much to dwell upon right now). To increase vaccination rates, we need to overcome people’s resistance to this vaccine.
But there’s something else that’s preventing kids from getting vaccinated that might even be more maddening than anti-vaxxers– insurance companies aren’t covering the full cost of the vaccine, causing some physicians too, shall we say, less than aggressively promote the intervention. To increase vaccination rates among American children, insurance companies need to reimburse providers more generously for vaccinating their patients.
April 9th, 2019 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported 426 mumps virus infections during the January to March 29, 2019 timeframe.
These mumps cases were reported by 34 states and the District of Columbia on April 9, 2019. This news is actually a positive trend when compared with the 2,251 mumps cases reported during 2018. More Here
April 8 (UPI) — Reported cases of measles increased by nearly 100 last week, to 465 across 19 states, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention said on Monday. Read On.
Measles warning letters: Chicago-area hospitals will tell anti-vaccine parents their kids are at risk
Chicago-area doctors are ratcheting up pressure on local families that opt not to vaccinate their children, following measles outbreaks here and across the country.
In coming weeks, at least three local health systems – NorthShore University HealthSystem, Advocate Aurora Health and Lurie Children’s Hospital – plan to send letters to parents of children who aren’t vaccinated against the measles, saying their children may be at risk of catching the disease and can still get immunized. Story HERE.
NEW YORK — U.S. measles cases are continuing to jump, and most of the reported illnesses are in children.
Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That’s up from 387 the week before.
The numbers are preliminary. The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.
Outbreaks have hit several states, including California, Michigan and New Jersey. New York City accounted for about two-thirds of the U.S. cases reported last week. Read More.
Flu activity increased over the past week, squelching hopes of an early peak and leading at least 12 states to shut down some schools.
Needs our help in judging the 7th Annual Poster/Video contest.
Interested in volunteering your artistic eye to help?
Over 300 entries from students across the state have been submitted, the submissions have been pre-screened and now all that remains is selecting the the top five in each category. Judges will be responsible for reviewing and scoring 20 to100 entries by March 4th. To volunteer, contact Erica Lobe at email@example.com. JOIN US!
Finalists will be posted on the Protect Me with 3+ website (www.protectmewith3.com)mfor public voting to determine the 2018-19 winners
Why is it so challenging to increase the number of people vaccinated against a known infectious disease, such as measles? A new research study from Dartmouth College shows that past problems with vaccines can cause a phenomenon known as ‘hysteresis’. Hysteresis means creating a negative history that stiffens public resolve against vaccination, says these Dartmouth researchers. Read On