Tag Archives: vaccine

Vaccines for meningitis B: why it took so long

Yesterday I read of a meningitis B outbreak at Oregon State University. Today, it’s the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. MenB is a potentially lethal and easily spread infection particularly in settings where young adults gather together. As the university races to vaccinate tens of thousands of students, my thoughts turn to our daughter, […]

Lyme vaccine: a glimmer of hope?

When the neighborhood chit chat inevitably ends up talking ticks, Lyme, and pesticides – you know there’s a problem. A big problem. A 300,000 cases of Lyme a year kind of problem. Which may not seem like a lot, until you look at a map and realize most of these are here in the Northeast […]

Achoo misinformed?

When flu is on the rise, so too is the quantity of information and misinformation spread about in coffee shops, school cafeterias, or online. Kids tell their friends that the vaccine is lethal, and websites warn of government conspiracies. (I know, mild stuff compared with the fake-news and falsehoods flying around the airwaves.) Aside from […]


In light of the fuss over Robert Di Niro and the movie Vaxxed; if anyone needs reminding of the value of vaccines, take a look at this diagram of 20th Century Death (click here for a larger version and slide on over to the right. These are estimates as they say but even so the numbers are humbling.) […]