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1) OPINION: "Vaccines Are A Medical Miracle-And The Best Value In Healthcare"
Forbes
July 30, 2014

"Thanks to the availability of safe, effective, affordable vaccines, parents today know little of the fear-much less the reality-of deadly childhood diseases. Vaccines are the best value in our healthcare system, but a New York Times medical writer thinks they're too expensive... Every dollar spent on pediatric vaccines saves $10.20. In fact, the U.S. saves almost $70 billion in direct and indirect costs each year as a result of the pediatric vaccination program...HENRY MILLER"

2) "Is vaccination order linked to pertussis epidemic?"
The Daily Transcript (CA)
July 29, 2014

"For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once-dreaded and disabling diseases such as polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox. This allows parents who believe falsehoods to exempt their children from the vaccinations usually required for public school enrollment, even if they really have no religious beliefs at all. Is it just coincidence that the first six months of this new 'personal-belief' rule saw cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, more than double from last year...Officials are reluctant to tie the new epidemic to a once-unpublicized 2012 signing message from Gov. Jerry Brown, attached to his approval of a bill originally designed to make it more difficult for parents to evade vaccinating their kids."

3) "Measles, mumps make comeback in Ohio where parents can choose whether to vaccinate kids"
ABC 5 (OH)
July 29, 2014

"At Rainbow's Family Clinic, Dr. Robin Strosaker is the director of Inpatient Services and while she admits, kid's do not like getting shots, it is important they do...In fact, diseases like measles and mumps made a comeback this year, partly because some parents chose not to get their children vaccinated. In Ohio, the law provides parents an exemption based on 'reasons of conscience'...Dr. Strosaker says some parents link vaccinations to autism, a link she says simply is not true."

4) OPINION: "Anti-vaccination movement threatens the health, safety and well-being of Michigan children"
MLive.com (MI)
July 29, 2014

"Right now, candidates for the state legislature are going to their mailboxes and finding a disturbing and potentially dangerous questionnaire and set of talking points from an anti-childhood-immunization organization called Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines (MOMV), a group whose work threatens the health, safety and well-being of children across the state. Lawmakers and Michigan parents should know the facts. The science is settled-vaccines are safe, effective and protect our kids, our seniors and our state's most vulnerable and infirm residents from dangerous, and highly contagious infectious diseases...DRS. ANTHONY F. OGNJAN and SANDRO CINTI"

5) OPINION: "Vaccines Save Lives"
Miami Herald
July 29, 2014

"One of the most important components of the school physical is vaccination. In Florida, children in both public and private schools are required to be immunized against many illnesses, including chicken pox, measles and pertussis. Meanwhile, celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone and Kristin Cavallari caused recent media whirlwinds with their anti-vaccine views, while websites like know-vaccines.org urge Florida parents to avoid vaccinating their children. As children head back to school, it is important to revisit the importance of immunizations in our community...CORINNE SOLHEID"

6) "Expert: Adults still need potentially life-saving immunizations"
Suncoast News (FL)
July 29, 2014

"As young people prepare to head back to school, required immunizations are typically on the to-do list, but getting potentially lifesaving vaccines should not end when adulthood begins, says a University of Alabama at Birmingham infectious diseases expert. While some vaccines received as a child protect for life, some immunities can decrease over time, newer vaccines come to market and aging can cause susceptibility to serious disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Factors that help determine vaccines needed as an adult include age, lifestyle, locations of travel, and previous immunizations..."

7) "The Real Reason We Still Don't Have A Vaccine For Ebola"
Huffington Post
July 30, 2014

"More than 600 people have died in a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus raging through Africa -- that even includes doctors caring for patients with the disease. Still, there is no known cure for Ebola, and no preventative vaccine that can protect people from contracting the virus....We do have several vaccines that have been extremely successful in protecting laboratory animals, including non-human primates, against the Ebola virus,' Dr. Thomas W. Geisbert, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, told host Josh Zepps. But what about developing a vaccine for humans? 'It's a very long regulatory process. From the time to develop a vaccine for animals in a lab to protecting humans... it's really just a lot of regulatory hurdles and red tape.' That's not all. Dr. Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, opened up about how economic factors come into play too. 'The vaccine companies of course have to be driven by the economic considerations,' he said. "It's a terrible thing to say, but they have to be convinced that it's economically... worthwhile to provide the vaccine."

8) "World's First Malaria Vaccine Could Be a Year Away"
TIME
July 30, 2014

"The world's first malaria vaccine may just be a year away, after a thorough trial of a new drug showed promising results. PLOS Medicine on Tuesday published a study, in which researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, 800 cases of illness could be prevented. The children also retained protection 18 months after being injected."

9) "HPV Vaccine: How We Can All Do Better"
PedsGeekMD
July 29, 2014

"The CDC estimates that for every year vaccination rates stay this low, around 4,400 preventable cases of cervical cancer and 1,400 preventable cervical cancer deaths will occur, not to mention the thousands of preventable cases and deaths from other kinds of HPV-associated cancers. Doctors, parents, and patients shouldn't be comfortable with these statistics. We should be moved to action."

10) "A conversation on smallpox and vaccination with Dr. William Foege"
Science Blogs
July 29, 2014

"I can hardly do Dr. William Foege justice with a short introduction. He is one of the scientists who led the global smallpox eradication efforts. He developed the concept of ring vaccination, which targeted vaccination to those individuals around a known case of smallpox. This concept really made eradication possible, as it eliminated the need for universal vaccination. Following the success of the smallpox campaign, he has worked tirelessly to increase global vaccination rates. He led the effort to provide low-cost treatments for river blindness, resulting in an immense reduction in that disease in Africa...Dr. Foege was generous enough to answer my questions on vaccination and on smallpox in particular, after I ran across a particularly egregious anti-vaccine article which suggested that use of the vaccine actually increased smallpox cases, and did nothing to eradicate the virus. He also discusses what vaccine supporters can do to promote vaccination."