Immunization is a medical miracle that is key to the steady progress in fighting the world’s communicable diseases. Each year immunizations prevent more than 2.5 million deaths just through vaccination against four diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and measles.
A fourth measles case has been confirmed in a person in the Pikesville area, the Maryland Department of Health reports. Public health officials had said the virus is highly contagious and other cases were possible since the first case was reported April 5.
Maryland health officials confirmed Friday that the state has logged its first case of measles, a highly contagious viral infection that has been spreading in several other states in numbers not seen in decades.
In this age of distrust and fear — of “fake news” and nearly universal access to the internet, which can back up any “alternative facts” — the population of parents opposed to vaccinations appears to be growing and becoming more dangerous to public health.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is alerting people to the risk of possible measles exposure in Prince George's County. While those who have had at least one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine are at low risk of acquiring measles, it is highly contagious among the unvaccinated, spreading through the air due to coughing and sneezing.
We can save lives by making vaccines available to all children everywhere. Currently, there is bipartisan legislation in Congress that would do just that, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 (S. 1911/H.R. 3706). The bill, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, coordinates a U.S. government strategy to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths worldwide, helping the United States achieve its commitment to work with countries around the globe to
In theory, this is the second half of "American Horror Story's" annual Halloween two-parter, but "Room Service" feels much more like a regular episode, random folks in costume aside. I¿d probably be more annoyed about this if this wasn't one of the best episodes the "AHS" had in years.
When we as the region's doctors speak to the public about vaccines, it's about more than individual health. It's about the health of our community. It's about our mutual obligation to one other. It's about the value of vaccines to safeguard the future of Baltimore.
The recent revelations concerning outbreaks of measles in parts of our nation are troubling from a public health perspective. They also point out however, an equally troubling trend, namely that despite the fact that we are living in the 21st Century, far too many of our citizens make critical decisions in their lives based not on science but on ignorance, paranoia and superstition.
A growing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in Southern California has touched a nerve with health officials in Maryland and across the country who are warning about a rebound in diseases that had been rendered extremely rare.
Unfortunately — and often all too tragically— a growing percentage of students enter or return to school without the most important back to school requirement: vaccinations. These students are part of a new generation vulnerable to childhood diseases that have long since been under control but are now making a comeback due to parental misinformation and bad science.
Betsey R. Spragins, who was a member of the original Women's Hospital Foundation board at Greater Baltimore Medical Center where she volunteered for 40 years, died Monday of heart failure at the Broadmead retirement community in Hunt Valley. She was 91.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Scientists believe a virus similar to measles in humans is responsible for an unusual die-off in bottlenose dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast. The death toll has continued to rise in August and could remain a threat to the dolphin population through next spring, the scientists said.
Seven bottlenose dolphins have washed up dead on Maryland shores in recent weeks, part of a bigger mystery along the mid-Atlantic coast and Chesapeake Bay that has alarmed scientists working to solve more than 120 dolphin deaths since June.
A new exhibit, "Stationed in Laurel: Our Civil War Story," opened Feb. 3 at the Laurel Museum and captures that segment of Laurel's history. In September, a mini-exhibit was displayed at the museum that gave a partial account of Laurel's Civil War past. Museum director Lindsey Baker said they decided to expand that theme for this year's major exhibit because of the response that one attracted.