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1) "Mom Whose Child Died of Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines "
ABC News
April 15, 2014

" Abby Peterson was just a few weeks shy of her sixth birthday in 2001 when she caught a severe case of chicken pox that made her so weak that she came down with pneumonia, her mother recalled. Her little body couldn't fight against two infections and after ten agonizing hours in the hospital, she died in her mother's arms. Both chicken pox and pneumonia are preventable with vaccines, but Abby's mom, Shannon Duffy Peterson, who lives in the rural area of Sleepy Eye, Minn., said her pediatrician steered her away from vaccinating her daughter....In a recent essay for the Chicago Sun-Times, actress Jenny McCarthy questioned whether a delayed vaccination schedule would be advisable for some children, saying she has never been 'anti-vax' but that she does believe that there is a gray area when it comes to the current vaccination schedule laid out by the CDC...'The area is not gray. There is no injury to children getting vaccinations simultaneously'...Through a spokeswoman, McCarthy said had no further comment and asked that the Sun-Times piece speak for itself. "

2) "California Measles Cases Reach 56, Dept. of Public Health Officials Say "
California Healthline
April 14, 2014

"So far this year, there have been 56 confirmed cases of measles in California -- a significant jump from the four cases confirmed at the same time in 2013, according to state Department of Public Health officials, KPCC's 'KPCC News' reports. This year is the first time that the number of California residents diagnosed with measles has surpassed 40 cases since 2000. Five new cases of the illness were confirmed by DPH last week, including two individuals who intentionally skipped measles vaccinations and one individual who had received the vaccine. Among the new cases were the first individuals in Monterey and Shasta counties to be diagnosed with measles this year. The counties noted that in both cases the affected individuals had acquired the illness while traveling. "

3) "Jenny McCarthy pens op-ed, defends stance: I am not 'anti-vaccine' "
New York Daily News
April 14, 2014

" Jenny McCarthy is speaking out again about her stance on childhood vaccinations, but this time the "View" co-host penned an article for the Chicago Sun-Times to clarify that she is not 'anti-vaccine'...The blond talk show host has long been thought of as the most prominent celebrity voice apparently against vaccinating children, after saying that she believes there's a link between vaccines and autism - especially when speaking about her 12-year-old son Evan's disorder. "

4) "'I Never Told Anyone Not to Vaccinate' "
The Atlantic
April 15, 2014

"In a veiled apology this week, Jenny McCarthy again illustrated that health science and culture are inextricable. Vaccination is among the few definitive tenets of disease prevention, but because of rampant misinformation, fear, and scientific illiteracy, rare infections have come back to life. What's to be done about that... Skepticism is a virtue, especially of things simplistic. So is embracing the grayness of uncertainty in health and disease. But this is one place where there's clean contrast, not gray. "

5) " No, you haven't been 'wrongly branded,' Jenny McCarthy "
Salon
April 14, 2014

" ...If McCarthy wants to restate that she has not definitively told parents not to vaccinate, okey-doke. Technically speaking, she's right. But she could have chosen also to admit in her weekend Op-Ed that she's been extremely sure of herself in the past about what she believes are the risks of vaccination, and her son's own autism. Instead she either manipulatively or just plain ignorantly has now tried to rebrand herself as a dweller of the space of healthy skepticism, refusing to even address her past years and years of blatant accusations. You can't claim that you never out and out said 'Don't vaccinate' without throwing it in there that you've also stated that you've no doubt that vaccinations trigger autism and that you're cool with diseases coming back. And you sure don't get to boo hoo how you've been "wrongly branded," not when your own words have done all the branding for you. "

6) "Jenny McCarthy Claims She Is 'Pro-Vaccine' In Sun-Times Op-Ed "
Huffington Post
April 14, 2014

" Noted anti-vaccination advocate Jenny McCarthy is describing herself as 'pro-vaccine' now...McCarthy's Saturday column was published despite Susanna Negovan, the Sun-Times 'Splash' publisher and editor, promising when McCarthy was first brought on as a blogger for the publication that she would not 'be writing about vaccines or giving medical advice'...Parents who are opting out of vaccination, public health officials say, are likely contributing to a resurgence of preventable diseases like the measles and whooping cough in the U.S. "

7) "A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF? "
The Daily Beast
April 15, 2014

" A recent report in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases documented a fully vaccinated 22-year-old in New York City, who contracted measles and was contagious, transmitting the disease to four of 88 people she was in contact with. Two of those people were also fully vaccinated. It's the first report of a fully vaccinated person getting and then passing measles. The measles vaccine works 95 percent of the time, said Mark Slifka, a senior scientist at Oregon Health and Science University, who wasn't involved in the study. That's why most people are vaccinated twice, to lower the rate of vaccine failure, usually after their first birthday and again as toddlers. Less than 1 percent of people who get both shots will be sickened by measles, Slifka said. Until now, those people weren't thought to be contagious even if they were infected. "

8) "Measles Outbreak Linked to Vaccinated Patient for 1st Time "
Newser
April 14, 2014

" For the first time, US doctors have found a fully vaccinated person who transmitted measles to other people, Science reports. Now dubbed 'Measles Mary,' the 22-year-old theater worker in New York City had been released without quarantine because she was fully vaccinated. Then four people she'd interacted with got sick-including, oddly enough, two who had been vaccinated and two who showed signs of earlier measles exposure, which should have protected them. In Measles Mary's case, her vaccine-given immunity had apparently declined... the worst failures occur 'when people refuse the vaccine in the first place.' "

9) "More Arizona Parents Not Having Their Children Vaccinated "
Phoenix News Times
April 15, 2014

"The number of Arizona parents choosing to not have their children vaccinated is increasing. Back in 2003, only 1.6 percent of kindergartners weren't vaccinated due to a personal-belief or religious exemption. As of last school year, a decade later, that rate more than doubled, to 3.9 percent. It's a good time to point this out, as just recently, an unknown number of people were exposed to measles in the Phoenix area. Arizona Department of Health Services director Will Humble wrote a blog post pointing out that connection, and provided documentation on what the department's been doing to combat the rise in vaccine exemptions. "

10) "What Vaccinations Do You Need As an Adult? "
Shape Magazine
April 14, 2014

"Vaccines have been everywhere in the news lately: There was a recent measles outbreak on the Upper East Side in New York that then spread to lower Manhattan, as well as a measles outbreak in Seattle that was traced to a patient who attended a Kings of Leon concert on March 28. A recent study from Emory University also blew up headlines after it was discovered that the number of California parents vaccinating their children has been dropping since 2008. The anti-vaccine bandwagon also gained a celebrity fan in Kristin Cavallari, who recently announced she doesn't plan to vaccinate any of her children because she believes they cause autism. The discussion on vaccines tends to revolve around children, but there's one important piece missing from the national debate: adult vaccines. And a lot of adults aren't getting vaccinated. "

11) "5 disease outbreaks happening right now that vaccines could have prevented "
Vox
April 14, 2014

"As the world watches West Africa's Ebola outbreak in terror, it's important to remember we still have our own dangerous diseases at home. And some of them could have been avoided if Americans were better at getting vaccinated. Vaccines have run into public controversy in the past few years, due to claims that they are unsafe and cause autism. The best scientific research, however, shows that vaccines are generally safe. Still, many Americans fail to get vaccinated each year. Some decline to vaccinate themselves and their children, while others just forget to stay up-to-date with the vaccine schedule. And - as we've seen at least five times this year - even a few non-vaccinated people can let a disease spread. "