With all the information available on vaccines, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Here’s the truth behind some of the most common misconceptions about vaccines. Do vaccines cause autism? No. Scientists have studied this for years, in large groups of children, and have found no evidence that there is any link between vaccines and autism. There is … Read More
How do you Prevent #measles?
It’s simple: Get vaccinated. You get two doses of the MMR vaccine. Children usually get the first dose when they are 12 months old, and a second before kindergarten. On its web site, the CDC calls the vaccine “very effective” and states that “one dose is about 93% effective at preventing measles and two doses about 97% effective.” Before the … Read More
Contagion in the Herd: How One Person Can Set Off A Measles Outbreak
Americans may be victims of their own success when it comes to the eradication of infectious diseases and take their disease-free lives for granted, says Jorge Parada, MD, hospital epidemiologist and medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System. “There are plenty of countries in the world where measles and chicken pox are very … Read More