vaccines http://www.kplu.org en Team Develops Early Warning Tool for Vaccine Skepticism http://www.kplu.org/post/team-develops-early-warning-tool-vaccine-skepticism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle researchers have developed a kind of early-warning device for identifying parents suspicious of childhood vaccines. With an especially high rate of parents opting out of vaccines for their kids i</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n Washington</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, pediatrician Doug </span>Opel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been trying to figure out how to intervene early on.</span></p><p>Opel practices at Seattle Children&rsquo;s Hospital and at its research institute. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He and others developed a survey of parents&rsquo; attitudes about vaccination. In a new study <a href="http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1740762" target="_blank">published in JAMA Pediatrics</a>, they found that the survey does <a href="http://pulse.seattlechildrens.org/results-of-a-parental-survey-may-help-predict-childhood-immunization-status/" target="_blank">a pretty good job of predicting </a>which kids would be under-vaccinated by the time they&rsquo;re 19 month sold.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:33:31 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10154 at http://www.kplu.org Team Develops Early Warning Tool for Vaccine Skepticism Natural living: 5 myths about nature vs. technology http://www.kplu.org/post/natural-living-5-myths-about-nature-vs-technology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Technology has made us healthier in a lot of ways. It’s beaten back old threats from smallpox to stillbirth to scarlet fever. But many think the march of progress has gone too far, and we need to get back to nature.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Author Nathanael Johnson says most of us are in the middle – suspicious of technology run amok, but unwilling to trade the condo for a mud hut. He investigates whether the natural approach is really better for us in his book, </span><a href="http://www.nathanaeljohnson.org/all-natural/" style="line-height: 1.5;">“All Natural.”</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Nathanael also laid out five common myths about nature versus technology. Get the gist below, or click below and listen to the full conversation:</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7709 at http://www.kplu.org Natural living: 5 myths about nature vs. technology How good is the flu shot? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-good-flu-shot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You may have heard this year’s flu shot is about 60% effective. To be precise, the </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6202a4.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">official estimate is 62%</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and it's based on research </span><a href="http://www.grouphealthresearch.org/news-and-events/newsrel/2013/130111.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">conducted partially at Group Health Cooperative</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Washington.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:32:26 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7583 at http://www.kplu.org How good is the flu shot? Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu? http://www.kplu.org/post/can-you-get-flu-shot-and-still-get-flu This year's flu season started about a month early, prompting federal health officials to warn it could be one of the worst in years. They're urging everyone to get their flu shots.<p>But like every flu season, there are lots of reports of people complaining that they got their shot but still got the flu. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:03:03 +0000 Rob Stein 7510 at http://www.kplu.org Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu? Local baby is first to die from whooping cough; new tips for pregnant moms http://www.kplu.org/post/local-baby-first-die-whooping-cough-new-tips-pregnant-moms <p></p><p>The whooping cough epidemic in Washington is nearly over – but not soon enough for a baby in King County. The newborn was Washington’s first fatality this year, despite a near-record number of infections.</p><blockquote><p>"The baby had gone home, and we believe it was exposed to someone with unrecognized pertussis, got infected, and then developed complications and died," says Jeff Duchin, chief of epidemiology for Public Health Seattle &amp; King County.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:18:17 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7405 at http://www.kplu.org Local baby is first to die from whooping cough; new tips for pregnant moms Not as many Wash. children opting out of vaccines http://www.kplu.org/post/not-many-wash-children-opting-out-vaccines <p>Fewer Washington parents are opting their children out of vaccinations, giving the state one of the biggest <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6133a2.htm?s_cid=mm6133a2_w">drops in vaccine exemptions </a>in the country. Two years ago Washington had the highest rate of vaccine exemptions in the nation, with 6.2 percent of kindergartners taking a medical, religious or philosophical pass on getting one or more immunizations.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:55:07 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6087 at http://www.kplu.org Not as many Wash. children opting out of vaccines Vaccination rates reverse trend, with help from new law http://www.kplu.org/post/vaccination-rates-reverse-trend-help-new-law <p>The percentage of kindergartners in Washington who are fully vaccinated has gone up slightly, since a new law took effect making it harder to opt-out.</p><p>A change in state law took effect last July, requiring parents who want to exempt their kids from one or more vaccines to first hear from a doctor or nurse about the risks and benefits.</p><p>Michele Roberts, of the Washington Department of Health&#39;s immunization program, says some people doubted the law was strict enough to make a difference. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 01:10:42 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5037 at http://www.kplu.org Pediatricians struggle over patients who won’t vaccinate http://www.kplu.org/post/pediatricians-struggle-over-patients-who-won%E2%80%99t-vaccinate <p>Doctors across the country are saying <a href="http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011-11-14/Refuse-vaccines-and-risk-dismissal-by-doctor/51204016/1">they might fire you as a patient</a> if you refuse to let your child be immunized, according to a few stories that have ignited all kinds of <a href="http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/pediatricians-who-refuse-families-who-dont-immunize/">discussions about vaccines</a> and <a href="http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/armchair-ethicist-flu-season-edition/">the role of pediatricians</a>.</p><p>But a new survey confirms that&rsquo;s a minority viewpoint, particularly among pediatricians in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:57:27 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3271 at http://www.kplu.org Pediatricians struggle over patients who won’t vaccinate Malaria vaccine pushed by PATH and Gates shows some success http://www.kplu.org/post/malaria-vaccine-pushed-path-and-gates-shows-some-success <p>Leaders at the Seattle non-profit group PATH &ndash; and their sponsors at the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation&ndash; say they&rsquo;re <a href="http://path.org/news/pr111018-rtss-results.php">excited about the latest results from a malaria vaccine trial</a> in Africa. The interim results don&#39;t guarantee it will be a success, but it&rsquo;s the best any malaria vaccine has ever done.</p><p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 22:07:14 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2932 at http://www.kplu.org Malaria vaccine pushed by PATH and Gates shows some success Gates announces new push to conquer deadly rotavirus http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-announces-new-push-conquer-deadly-rotavirus <p>It kills anywhere from a quarter-million to half-a-million kids every year and is one of the world&rsquo;s leading causes of child mortality.</p><p>But it wasn&rsquo;t too long ago hardly anybody had even heard of it: Rotavirus. It is the killer bug that set off Bill Gates and gave direction to his philanthropy. Now his foundation is launching a major new global jab against rotavirus and another big killer of young children, pneumococcal disease.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:30:00 +0000 Tom Paulson 2743 at http://www.kplu.org Gates announces new push to conquer deadly rotavirus Doctors Counter Vaccine Fears In Pacific Northwest http://www.kplu.org/post/doctors-counter-vaccine-fears-pacific-northwest Parts of the U.S. are seeing a drop-off in vaccination rates among young children. The falling rates don't necessarily track with poverty or other poor public health trends; in fact, a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6021a4.htm?s_cid=mm6021a4_w#Tab3"> report</a> flagged the poorest rates of kindergarten vaccination in relatively prosperous states, like Washington and Oregon.<p>Public health officials say they see this trend, which they call "vaccine hesitancy," often among well-to-do, educated parents. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:40:17 +0000 Martin Kaste 2624 at http://www.kplu.org Doctors Counter Vaccine Fears In Pacific Northwest State sees gains on child immunizations, still lags http://www.kplu.org/post/state-sees-gains-child-immunizations-still-lags <p>Washington continues to make progress boosting immunization rates among toddlers, despite having the highest percent in the nation of families exempting kids from vaccines.&nbsp;</p><p>The new survey from the Centers for Disease Control shows the gains come with room for improvement.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 23:54:21 +0000 Charla Bear 2513 at http://www.kplu.org State sees gains on child immunizations, still lags Why CIA's faked vaccines may cause damage http://www.kplu.org/post/why-cias-faked-vaccines-may-cause-damage <p>The CIA has acknowledged running a deceptive, if not totally fake, vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the effort months ago to hunt down Osama bin Laden, and here are three reasons why the deception may cause problems in global health efforts:</p><ul><li>This isn&rsquo;t just about vaccines.</li><li>Health workers and aid workers overseas have to be seen as neutral and independent if they are to operate effectively and safely.</li><li>National security isn&rsquo;t achieved just by hunting and killing bad guys. It&rsquo;s also achieved through humanitarian efforts.</li></ul><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/07/three-reasons-why-the-cia-fake-vaccine-ploy-may-cause-a-contagion-of-damage/"><strong>Read more</strong></a>.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:54:57 +0000 Tom Paulson 2094 at http://www.kplu.org Why CIA's faked vaccines may cause damage Did CIA's fake vaccination program undermine global health? http://www.kplu.org/post/did-cias-fake-vaccination-program-undermine-global-health <p>One of the chronic problems the international community has with almost every disease-fighting campaign has been the need to overcome mistrust &mdash; mistrust of government, of foreign health workers or outsider do-gooders in general.</p><p>This is, for a variety of reasons, especially true of vaccines.</p><p>So many worry that such global health efforts will suffer from the revelation, reported first in The Guardian and later by the New York Times and others, that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up a fake vaccination program in Pakistan in order to collect DNA samples.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/07/has-the-cia-compromised-global-health-in-hunt-for-bin-laden/"><strong>Read more</strong></a>.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:18:01 +0000 Tom Paulson 2069 at http://www.kplu.org Did CIA's fake vaccination program undermine global health? Injecting personal values into vaccine policy http://www.kplu.org/post/injecting-personal-values-vaccine-policy <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976911.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976911.mp3</a></p><p>Parents who are hesitant about giving their children all the required immunizations have an unusual chance to share their views Tuesday. The national committee that decides when kids should get vaccines is taking testimony in Shoreline, north of Seattle -- inviting the public into a discussion of values. It&rsquo;s just the second time they&rsquo;ve asked for input.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:40:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2052 at http://www.kplu.org Injecting personal values into vaccine policy