Author: Christine Vara


With School Vaccine Exemptions on the Rise, What Can Be Done to Protect Our Students?

A new study published in PloS Medicine examined the increase we are seeing across the country in philosophical exemptions to school vaccine requirements. While some states have made it more...


American Cancer Society Announces Goal to End HPV Cancers

It's been 12 years since the FDA approved the first HPV vaccine. To mark the occasion, the American Cancer Society is launching an ambitious public health campaign to...


What You Don’t Know About Hepatitis Can Hurt You

More than four million Americans are living with viral hepatitis, but most do not know they are infected. In honor of Hepatitis Awareness Month, learn how the three types...


Nurses, Teachers and Mothers All Influence Immunization Uptake

 The Koslap family story is a reminder of the role that mothers, nurses and teachers have in ensuring that people of all ages embrace immunization as a way to...


Rise in Vaccine Hesitancy Related to Pursuit of Purity: A Conversation with Professor Larson

The rise of alternative health practices and a quest for purity can partly explain the falling confidence in vaccines which is driving outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles,...


Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

Every parent wants to do what's best for their children. In honor of National Infant Immunization Week 2018, we've outlined some of the top reasons experts give for immunizing...


Shingles Vaccine is the Silver Lining of Turning 50

After watching both my 73-year-old mother and my 18-year-old daughter suffer with shingles, I would do almost anything to avoid it. And last year, when a new and more...


What Your Dentist Should Be Telling You About Oral Cancer and HPV

During Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the year, the dental community has a responsibility to help educate the public about the association between HPV and many oral cancers....


How Flu Strains are Selected for the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Each Year

Did you ever wonder how the flu strains are selected for the seasonal vaccine every year? A lot more goes into the decision than you might think!


Updates from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices February Meeting

The February meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) included presentation pertaining to several different diseases and vaccines, to include hepatitis A and B, influenza, HPV, pneumococcal...