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Vaccines

Opinion: BIO CEO Jim Greenwood on ‘Don’t Let Fear Trump Science – Vaccinate Your Child’

Jim Greenwood

Washington, DC, August 24, 2017Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood wrote the following op-ed that was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on August 23:

The nice lady had sugar cubes. My classmates and I lined up, single file, at Richboro Elementary School more than half a century ago, waiting for our taste. For a kid, it was a serendipitous moment — our parents were actually ordering us to consume sweets to keep us healthy.

These were no ordinary sugar cubes, though. We were in line to take the new oral polio vaccine. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Celebrates Power of Immunizations Throughout August

Trenton, NJ, August 1, 2017 — During National Immunization Awareness Month, the New Jersey Department of Health is encouraging residents to make sure they are up-to-date with their immunizations to protect themselves and others from serious and sometimes deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines are needed throughout the lifespan, from birth through adulthood.

“One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health is to stay up-to-date with the recommended childhood immunizations,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said. Continue reading

Vaccine Skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. Says Trump Asked Him to Lead ‘Vaccine Safety’ Commission

robert-f-kennedy-jr-blackWashington, DC, January 11, 2017The Washington Post reports that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to chair a new commission on vaccines.

Despite what Mr. Kennedy contends, vaccines do not cause autism.

So say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with dozens of studies published in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals.

The scientific consensus on vaccines and autism is thorough and solid: There is no evidence of a connection. Continue reading

PhRMA Report Highlights More Than 250 Vaccines in Development

Vaccine kidWashington, DC, December 31, 2016 — Hannah Mooney writes on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) blog, The Catalyst, that, more than 200 years ago, the first vaccine was developed for smallpox, and now, the disease has been eradicated worldwide.

In addition, in the United States, the transmission of poliovirus, measles and rubella have been eliminated.

These are examples of tremendous scientific progress, and through our growing understanding of how these and other diseases work at the molecular level, many new therapeutic and preventative vaccines have been developed. Continue reading

PhRMA Report Highlights More Than 250 Vaccines in Development

Vaccine kidWashington, DC, December 11, 2016 — Hannah Mooney writes on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) blog, The Catalyst, that, more than 200 years ago, the first vaccine was developed for smallpox, and now, the disease has been eradicated worldwide.

In addition, in the United States, the transmission of poliovirus, measles and rubella have been eliminated.  These are examples of tremendous scientific progress, and through our growing understanding of how these and other diseases work at the molecular level, many new therapeutic and preventative vaccines have been developed.

A new PhRMA report, “Medicines in Development for Vaccines,” offers insight into the more than 250 vaccines currently in development, designed to prevent and treat illness. Continue reading

Star-Ledger: A Record 9,506 New Jersey Students Skipped Vaccines

Vaccine kidTrenton, NJ, September 13, 2016 — Susan K. Livio reported in The Star-Ledger that the number of New Jersey school children who skipped vaccines for religious reasons topped 9,500 in the 2015-16 school year, according to the state health department.

That number has been steadily climbing but represents just 2 percent of New Jersey’s the 506,000 preschool, kindergarten, first and sixth graders in the state, according to state data.

It’s nearly 600 percent higher than the 1,641 whose parents requested a religious exemption a decade ago. Continue reading

New PhRMA Report Highlights More Than 250 Vaccines in Development

PhRMA jpgWashington, DC, August 19, 2016 — Hannah Mooney writes on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) blog, The Catalyst, that, more than 200 years ago, the first vaccine was developed for smallpox, and now, the disease has been eradicated worldwide.

In addition, in the United States, the transmission of poliovirus, measles and rubella have been eliminated.  These are examples of tremendous scientific progress, and through our growing understanding of how these and other diseases work at the molecular level, many new therapeutic and preventative vaccines have been developed.

A new PhRMA report, “Medicines in Development for Vaccines,” offers insight into the more than 250 vaccines currently in development, designed to prevent and treat illness. Continue reading

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccine kid surprise faceTrenton, NJ, August 3, 2016 ― National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. The Department of Health is encouraging all New Jersey residents to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date during August.

“In preparation for back-to-school, parents should speak with their health care providers to make sure their children are vaccinated,” Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said. “When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for illness and can spread disease to others in their play groups, child care centers, classrooms and communities.” Continue reading

CDC Reports: Vaccine Exemption Rate for NJ Kindergarteners Creeps Up

Vaccine kid surprise faceTrenton, NJ, August 28, 2015 ― Tim Darragh reports in The Star-Ledger that New Jersey’s high rate of kindergarten-age children receiving their vaccinations before school is not quite as high, a new federal report shows and continues to fall below the national average.

The estimated percentage of kids entering kindergarten who received a pass on their vaccines rose to 1.8 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, up from 1.6 percent a year earlier, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading