| Feb 27, 2014
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus. In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a...
| Feb 25, 2014
Re "As flu passes, new threat rises," Feb. 22
The Times reports on a new outbreak of measles in California, with nearly half of those affected having opted against childhood vaccination by using the state's personal beliefs exemption.
Like the flu,...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:36 PM
In light of what's starting to look like a surge of measles cases spread by unvaccinated carriers, Hastings Law professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss offers some welcome insights into the legal rights of unvaccinated children.
The first two installments...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 6:40 PM
Just as California's record-setting flu season seems to be fading, with 278 deaths confirmed as of Friday, health officials warned that another infectious and sometimes deadly virus has arrived — measles.
Fifteen Californians have come down with...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 2:18 PM
[UPDATE: This post has been updated as explained below.]
In yet another sign of the perils and irresponsibility of the anti-vaccination movement, thousands of riders of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system are being warned that they may have been exposed...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Bay Area officials say scores of commuters and other residents may have recently been exposed to measles after a UC Berkeley student who has the virus attended classes and took public transit.
The student, who was not identified, took a Bay Area Rapid...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:09 PM
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough.
Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 11:53 AM
The two stories don’t seem to have much to do with each other at first look: a rise in diseases such as measles and whooping cough in places with cheap, available vaccines, and charter schools using public money to teach creationism.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 1:30 PM
The old line about a lie traveling halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on certainly applies to the supposed link between autism and the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine-- in spades.
Aaron Carroll, the pediatrician and medical...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 12:40 PM
Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014.
A couple of...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Researchers seeking weapons against HIV have solved a molecular riddle about how the pathogen docks with immune system cells to unleash its viral mayhem.
Their computer-generated images of the molecules, which are 185,000 times smaller than the width of...