Measles is back. German measles and chickenpox will undoubtedly follow unless more people vaccinate their children. Some think they are “innocuous childhood diseases”, but if you had ever seen a child who was very sick with any of these vaccine-preventable diseases, you would know better. In 1977, I was a brand-new doctor training to be a pediatrician. A 12-year-old girl came in with the classic rash of chickenpox, a “dew drop on a rose petal,” and a high fever. I was about to send her home, because there was no treatment for chickenpox, when her parents told me she had cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 Americans who inherit a single impaired gene. Patients cannot handle the very thick mucus that develops in the lungs, especially from infections. This particular child developed pneumonia as a consequence of contracting chickenpox. For the next 8 weeks as she slowly became weaker and weaker, all we could do was to try and make her comfortable … [Read more...] about How bad is measles? Pediatrician who has seen it kill patients implores vaccinating
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By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 3:01 pm CST, Friday, February 1, 2019 A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccinations. Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions. less A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warns patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. A measles outbreak near Portland, Ore., has revived a bitter debate over so-called personal belief ... more Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Photo: Gillian Flaccus, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A sign posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., … [Read more...] about Anti-vaxxer asks how she can keep her unimmunized daughter safe. The Internet has some ideas.
HEALTH 06/23/2018 12:17 pm ET Disease outbreaks and a lack of medical personnel await those imprisoned in Victorville, California. By Lauren Weber Former and current employees at a federal prison in California that began receiving a group of 1,000 immigration detainees on June 8 are warning that poor medical conditions in the prison in the Mojave Desert complex will endanger detainees, as well as the inmates and staff who are already at risk. Staff members at Federal Correctional Complex, Victorville, who spoke to HuffPost allege that initial medical screenings of the detainees were rushed and that comprehensive checkups for all the detainees will not be completed within the two-week period that’s standard procedure. They say so far this has resulted in an outbreak of scabies and a case of chicken pox among the detainees, as well as the potential for more widespread infectious disease. The employees raised concerns about how their understaffed … [Read more...] about 1,000 Detainees Just Got Sent To A Prison That Staffers Consider Unsafe
On Thursday night, across the street from rows of garbage trucks parked under Metro-North train tracks, more than a hundred New Yorkers gathered for a silent vigil outside the headquarters of Cayuga Centers, a nonprofit foster care agency in Harlem. Currently in the care of centers run by the agency in New York State are at least 239 unaccompanied immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Holding signs with such slogans as “Reunite the children with their parents” and “We are disgusted and upset,” the demonstrators lit candles and arranged dozens of child-sized shoes on a blanket laid out on the sidewalk. “We are here to protect the children who were placed in our community — unannounced, and without the consent of their parents — and to give them all the love that we can, by monitoring what is happening to them,” Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, … [Read more...] about New Yorkers Fight to Aid Child Victims of Trump’s Family Separation Policy
In a rare reversal, President Trump said Wednesday the U.S. will maintain "zero-tolerance" at the border but will allow migrant families to stay together temporarily, backing down on his own administration's policy separating children from their parents who have come to the U.S. illegally. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they are taking "immediate steps" to implement the president's new executive order. However, it's unclear if or when the children already separated will reunite with their parents. U.N. rights chief: Migrant family separations "unconscionable" Alex Antonio and his 2-year-old son Jeremy were released after being initially detained for the maximum period of 72 hours. The release came around the same time President Trump signed his executive order, reports CBS News' David Begnaud. The Honduran man said that while in custody he heard that families were being separated and he feared it would happen to him and Jeremy. For the more than 2,300 children already … [Read more...] about “No system” to reunite children with parents in detention, former Obama official says