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Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall

Feb 12 2020

Right now scientists are trying to accomplish something that was inconceivable a decade ago: create a vaccine against a previously unknown virus rapidly enough to help end an outbreak of that virus. In this case, they're trying to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has already infected tens of thousands of people, mainly in China, and given rise to a respiratory condition now known as COVID-19. Typically, making a new vaccine takes a decade or longer. But new genetic technologies and new strategies make researchers optimistic that they can shorten that timetable to months, and possibly weeks — and have a tool by the fall that can slow the spread of infection.

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Colorado Dems Wade Into Vaccinations Debate With Bill Aimed At Child Vax Rates

Feb 11 2020

Should Colorado lawmakers change state law in an effort to encourage more people to get their children vaccinated? The debate starts with the introduction of Senate Bill 20-163. It would require parents who want to opt a child out of vaccines to either get a signature from an immunization provider or watch an online informational video produced by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The measure doesn’t change which exemptions are allowed. In Colorado, people can opt-out for medical or non-medical reasons, such as a personal or religious belief. Right now parents turn in a form to a child’s school or daycare provider.

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Kafer: Vaccination education is great, but non-medical exemptions foolish

Feb 07 2020

When a good friend doesn’t return a phone call right we assume goodwill based on past experience. She’s super busy, not uncaring; she’ll call when her schedule clears. We interpret new information based on what we already believe to be true. It works well except when the original premise is wrong. If we believe incorrectly that our friend is uncaring, the unreturned phone call becomes proof of her callous indifference. Confirmation bias is the human propensity to interpret new information so that it confirms what we already believe. This cognitive disposition is one of the reasons it’s so difficult to change one’s mind or that of others. Consider the following statements: Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent disease according to the Centers for Disease Control. For every one million doses of vaccine given between 2006 and 2017, approximately one individual was compensated for an allergic reaction, shoulder wound, or other injury from the injection. During these years, Americans received more than 3.4 billion doses of vaccines. Immunization likely saved at least 350,000 lives and prevented 10 million hospitalizations.

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On Facebook, anti-vaxxers urged a mom not to give her son Tamiflu. He later died.

Feb 06 2020

Facebook groups that routinely traffic in anti-vaccination propaganda have become a resource for people seeking out a wide variety of medical information — including about the ongoing flu season. Facebook hosts a vast network of groups that trade in false health information. On “Stop Mandatory Vaccination,” one of the largest known health misinformation groups with more than 178,000 members, people have solicited advice for how to deal with the flu. Members of the group have previously spread conspiracies that outbreaks of preventable diseases are “hoaxes” perpetrated by the government, and use the groups to mass-contact parents whose children have died and suggest without evidence that vaccines may be to blame.

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Two child deaths in Colorado linked to seasonal flu

Feb 06 2020

Two children have died of complications from influenza in Colorado since January, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. One of the children was preschool-aged and lived in southern Colorado, and the other was “school-aged” and lived in a rural community outside the Denver area. The state health department isn’t releasing additional information, to protect the families’ privacy. Children younger than 5 and older adults are vulnerable to flu complications, as are pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems or other chronic health conditions.

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Feb 06 2020

Five new cases of measles have been confirmed by Los Angeles County health officials, who have warned of people possibly being exposed at several locations over the past two weeks. In an advisory, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health said four residents were "exposed to an unimmunized, international visitor who was infectious with measles" in Los Angeles County. Officials warned there was a possible risk of exposure to measles at a number of locations the individual visited between January 26 and February 1.

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Children with Cancer Need Vaccinated Communities

Feb 05 2020

I want to tell you about the children that are impacted by those who choose not to vaccinate—children like my 4 year old grandson who has leukemia. His chemotherapy treatment will last 3 ½ years, and by the end, it will wipe out any immunity he had received from vaccinations. He is also immuno-compromised during this time. We recently learned that he would not be able to attend preschool because there were too many unvaccinated children at the school! It just wasn’t safe for him–contracting measles or flu could kill him. My grandson has already dealt with more than any child should and now, because of the choices of those in his community, he is unable to just be a kid and go to preschool. Meanwhile, unvaccinated children go through life enjoying the benefit of herd immunity provided by those who have done the responsible thing and vaccinated their children.

Source: Voices for Vaccines

What You Need to Know About the Updated Vaccine Schedule for Kids

Feb 04 2020

Major medical groups released an annual update to the childhood and adolescent vaccine recommendations this month. There aren’t any major changes — mostly just clarifications. In a time when some parents find vaccines controversial, doctors say they should stick to the schedule. The document aims to make it clearer to doctors which children should receive which vaccines and when. The schedule includes recommended vaccines from birth through age 18. It also includes a catch-up schedule for children who haven’t received vaccines on time.

Source: Healthline Healthline

Conservatives Are Pushing for “Parental Rights” in Colorado. Here’s What That Means.

Feb 03 2020

For some conservatives, it’s their “parental right” to send their kids to a public school where sex education is designed only for heterosexual teenagers–or to a school that asks no questions about whether students are vaccinated. And this year, advocates of these so-called “parental rights” are going on the offensive, pushing passage of two pieces of legislation proposed by Republicans in Colorado’s General Assembly. One bill sets out to establish parental rights as a fundamental right in Colorado law, defining them as the right to “direct the upbringing, education, and care of a parent’s child.”

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