Top Immunization Topics of 2013: Shot of Prevention’s Year in Review
As we prepare for the challenges of 2014, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to our success in 2013. Once again, the past year has been one of tremendous growth. We’ve seen a record number of views and shares on a variety of Shot of Prevention blog posts and we’re especially grateful to our new blog contributors and many new subscribers.
In looking back over our efforts from this past year, we would like to share a list of some of our most popular blog posts from 2013. We hope that you will revisit these posts and share them with others so that we can engage more people in these important immunization discussions.
Top 5 Shot of Prevention Blog Posts of 2013
Why Some Parents Are Refusing the HPV Vaccine For Their Children: This post not only identifies some of the most common reasons parents are choosing to refuse the HPV vaccine for their children, but it includes links to scientific data that can help parents gain a better perspective regarding the HPV vaccine, including information on safety and efficacy. Click here to read this year’s most popular post.
Legal Responsibilities in Choosing Not to Vaccinate: This guest post, written by vaccine advocate and law professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, explores the legal ramifications associated with those that choose not to immunize themselves or their children. What if a unvaccinated individual is responsible for spreading a disease that causes permanent injury or even death to another individual? Would it be reasonable to hold them liable? Read more about the considerations here.
Think Chickenpox is Party Worthy? Think Again: Some people mistakenly believe it is safer to sicken their children by exposing them to “wild” diseases than to obtain immunity through vaccinations. However, the misconception that wild viruses and “natural” immunity is better for a child is a dangerous one, especially when parents are purposely infecting their children with chickenpox rather than get them vaccinated. If parents are going to take their chances with the wild varicella virus, it’s important that they first acknowledge the risks and understand that chickenpox can be dangerous and deadly. This post, which explains the concerns of intentional exposure and highlights the unfortunate death of Jesse Lee Newman, can be read here.
Why We’re Still Talking About Vaccines and Autism: Each day, as new babies are born and more children are diagnosed with autism, questions of vaccine safety rush front and center for a new set of parents. In March of 2013, the CDC released new information about the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder which then reignited conversations about the safety of immunizations. This blog post includes links to various resources that address the subject of autism and vaccines. But while concerns may linger, the science is in. Read more in the post here.
Vaccine Refusal and the Politics of School Vaccination Exemptions: As vaccine exemption rates climb across various parts of the U.S., so do outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases which are threatening the health of our children. In 2013, many states responded to these concerns by establishing new policies for school immunization exemptions and attempting to legislate their way toward better public health. Find out which states are taking action and how you can be alerted to legislative initiatives in your state by reading the post here.
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