Dear Anti-Vaccination Fanatics

Don't ever forget that you are responsible for stories like this one: Measles, a highly contagious and dangerous virus, was thought to have been eradicated from the U.S. with vaccines -- but in recent years outbreaks have been occurring at an alarming rate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports there was an average of 83 measles …

The Anti-Vaccination Crowd Is a Threat to Public Health

Julia Ioffe has whooping cough, and she knows precisely whom to blame for it:Pertussis, named after the elegantly latinate bacterium Bordetella pertussis, starts the way of any cold or mild flu. Then, a week or two later, the coughing starts. That’s because B.pertussis glom onto and paralyze the cilia, the lash-like filaments in your airways that clear it out of mucus, the stuff …

Remember When We Thought We Had Functionally Eradicated Measles and Mumps?

Boy, those were the good old days: Deadly diseases, once nearly wiped out, are making a frightening comeback in Maryland and across the country. Now — a warning that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are putting others at risk. [. . .] Measles, mumps, whooping cough — all deadly diseases. Until recently — virtually …