How do we combat the global measles revival? Its a matter of trust | Charlie Weller

Our report shows that lower vaccination rates are linked to a lack of trust in institutions in general, not just in science, says Wellcomes Charlie Weller Theres no vaccine against distrust in vaccines. Millions of children in the world used to die each year from infections like measles. Now, thanks to routine immunisation programmes, they dont. But just because we hardly see these infections in the UK any more, it doesnt mean we can be complacent. Although nearly all British parents vaccinate their children, one in five people in the UK arent convinced that vaccines are safe, according to the worldwide spike in measles last year was largely due to sharp increases in just 10 countries. Most, like Yemen and …

As anti-vaxx dispute rages, attention turns to California’s Waldorf schools

The private schools stress nature, creative expression and hands-on learning but the 27 in the state have very low vaccination rates On a rainy Saturday in May, small children in tall boots, wool caps and rain gear watched marionettes perform a fairytale in San Franciscos Golden Gate park. The crowd had gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Waldorf schools, the private schools that emphasize nature, creative expression and hands-on learning over tests and technology. It was an enchanting scene with piglet puppets, waving stars and tinkling chimes. It may also have been the largest under-vaccinatedgroup of children in the region. As according to the states kindergarten immunization assessment. At the Berkeley Rose Waldorf school and the Marin Waldorf school, …

Kentucky governor says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox

Matt Bevin said parents worried about the disease should vaccinate their children, but it shouldnt be government mandated Kentucky governor Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During a Tuesday interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT, Bevin said his children were miserable for a few days after contracting chickenpox but said they all turned out fine. Bevin and his wife, Glenna, have nine children, four adopted. The Republican leader said parents worried about chickenpox should have their children vaccinated. But he said government shouldnt mandate the vaccination. Kentucky requires that children entering kindergarten be vaccinated for chickenpox, but parents may seek religious exemptions or provide …

‘God knows how Im alive’: how a teen defied his parents to get vaccinated

One teens story of breaking with his anti-vaxxer parents went viral. Now he wants to be a voice for the importance of vaccines Last November, Ohio teen Ethan Lindenberger entered a subcommunity on Reddit called No Stupid Questions and a measles outbreak in Washington state refueled debates around the small, but energetic anti-vaccination movement in the country. The social media post gave people hope that those raised to believe unfounded claims about vaccines could change their minds and make a different decision than their parents. Close to two dozen teens and young adults have reached out to him on Reddit and Instagram since journalists began writing about him, Lindenberger told the Guardian. But theres no evidence indicating a wave of …