Heavy Fines and Kindergarten Bans: Measles Vaccination Campaigns Are Escalating in Europe

Germany may adopt the strictest stance on measles vaccines in Western Europe–and certainly one that goes beyond current requirements in most of the United States. On Sunday, German Health Minister Jens Spahn proposed a new law that would see parents fined up to EUR2,500 ($2,800) for failing to vaccinate their children against measles. Unvaccinated kids […]

GoFundMe Pledges to Shut Down Anti-Vaccination Campaigns

GoFundMe is pledging to shut down any anti-vaccination campaigns on the crowdfunding website, marking the latest move by an online platform to stop the spread of misinformation about vaccines. The site’s terms of service advise people to avoid donating to campaigns that make health claims that have not been “approved or verified by the local […]

Measles Outbreaks Nearing Levels Not Seen Since 1992. Anti-Vax Propaganda Is Partly to Blame

In just the first two months of 2019, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 206 individual confirmed cases of measles. According to data analysis from the Washington Post, reported cases of the infectious virus in January and February alone put 2019 on track to be the worst year for measles […]

Polio Used to Scare People Into Getting Vaccinated. We Need That Same Urgency With Measles Today

Although declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, we’re now battling renewed measles outbreaks in parts of Washington, Oregon, and New York. Outside the U.S., measles has spread in the Philippines, Japan, Brazil, and across Europe, from France to Romania. Amidst this resurgence, the recent declaration by the World Health Organization that vaccine hesitancy is […]

FDA Chief Warns States to Reduce Vaccine Exemptions—or the Feds May Step In

As measles outbreaks continue to impact communities across the United States, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, told Axios that states must act to reduce vaccine exemptions, or the federal government will be forced to do so. Gottlieb was not specific about what actions federal regulators could or would […]