California Bill To Force Vaccination Of School Children Just Passed Senate Committee

What do you think? Is this bill state encroachment on personal freedoms, or is this a matter of public safety?

Nurse practitioner Susan Brown prepares a flu vaccination for a customer. Senate Bill 277 passed the Senate Education Committee on a 7-2 vote and now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  (Photo: AP)   Forced vaccination is one of those hot button issues that often derails even the most polite of conversations, and can turn


What The US Vaccination Debate Looks Like To The Rest Of The World

“Our thoughts are also with the measles-ravaged country America. I hope we are screening them before they come to Africa.”

Dr Felicity Hartnell, who is a clinical research fellow at Oxford University, holds a vial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola in Oxford, England  Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. There are now 102 confirmed cases of measles throughout the United States and health authorities expect that figure to rise. What started as an outbreak at the


The CIA Has Pledged To Cease Fake Vaccination Programs

In 2012, the United Nations suspended a polio vaccination effort in Pakistan after gunmen killed several health workers. Taliban militants accused health workers of acting as spies for the U.S.

WASHINGTON - A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations. The agency used the ruse in targeting Osama bin Laden before the U.S. raid that killed him in 2011. Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, wrote to the deans of 13 prominent public


Twenty years After Genocide, Rwanda Has Become A Model Of Inclusive Healthcare

(AP/Charles Krupa) The rapid recovery of healthcare in […]

The rapid recovery of healthcare in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide has been nothing short of historic. Life expectancy has doubled. Child mortality has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2000. In the past decade, death rates from AIDS and tuberculosis have declined at record speed. Vaccination rates for many diseases surpass those reported in the


Colo. Bill Is Latest Pushback Against Anti-vaccination Movement

A bill has cleared the House in Colorado that would require parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children to complete online education on the risks of not doing so.

Nurse practitioner Susan Brown prepares a flu vaccination for a customer, Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, in Rockville, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Colorado House of Representatives passed a bill that would require parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccination for non-religious reasons to complete online education regarding the risks of not vaccinating their children. The bill, Colorado HB 1288, is aimed at increasing the percentage of children in the state who are vaccinated.