Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more
Medicine is dynamic; scientific understanding of vaccine mechanisms, transmission patterns, and vaccine formulations change often. Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an expert advisory panel that reports directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),... more
Fears over vaccine safety cause many individuals, particularly pregnant women, to forgo the seasonal flu vaccine and take a “wait and see” approach. Prior to the 2009–2010 H1N1 pandemic, vaccination rates among pregnant women in the U.S. ranged from 0.7... more
Vaccinations protect children from illness. Thanks to certain common chemicals in our environment, some of those immunity-boosting shots may not be as effective as we thought. At odds with vaccinations is a class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).... more
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