Policy/Advocacy


Vaccine Exemptions Spark Debate

By Christine Vara In reviewing the comments on my last post regarding personal belief exemptions, it is obvious that I struck a chord with many of you.  While I...


Is Your Child’s Classmate Unvaccinated?

By Christine Vara Amid a serious pertussis epidemic in the state of California, an investigative think tank called the Watchdog Institute recently reported that vaccine refusals are on the...


Meningitis Vaccine Important, Even If Not Required

By Christine Vara It’s August and every where you turn students are preparing to return to school.  College students are often the first ones to return to campus, and today...


Let's Applaud the Local Outreach.

By Christine Vara As you can imagine, writing blog content on Shot of Prevention for the past few months has made me acutely aware of various immunization issues I...


Baltimore’s Example in Stark Contrast to California’s Epidemic

By Christine Vara There are times when I feel so fortunate to live in this country.  Then there are days when I wonder what some Americans are thinking.  Yesterday,...


National Immunization Conference: What Have We Learned?

By Christine Vara The other night, after struggling with her homework, my daughter asked me “Mom, do you get mad at yourself when you make a mistake?” I paused...


Vaccine Court Denies All Three “Thimerosal Causes Autism” Test Cases

By Alison Singer President, Autism Science Foundation This afternoon, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (i.e. Vaccine Court) issued its decision on whether thimerosal-containing vaccines can cause autism.  The...


Once Again, Court Rules Vaccines DO NOT Cause Autism

By Amy Pisani The U.S. Court of Federal Claims today issued a decision on the Omnibus Autism Proceeding’s second theory that vaccines which contain thimerosal (a preservative) do not...


Government Autism Committee: No Vaccine Research in 2010

By Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation IACC Unanimously Approves 2010 Strategic Plan for Autism Research Autism...


More children in U.S. are fully vaccinated

By Amy Pisani Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. It seems like we are heading into 2010 with some great news....