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How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

While COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus, and there's still much to be learned about the virus and the illness, coming up with a vaccine doesn't mean totally reinventing the wheel.  How vaccines work is based on knowledge about how the immune system works, and the immune system doesn't abruptly change just because a… Continue reading How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

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The Science Corner: Herd Immunity

With the anti-vax movement picking up more steam than it ever deserved to have, kids are being put at risk from serious preventable illness.  Unfortunately, the anti-vaxxers aren't just putting their own kids at risk, they're increasing the risk for other kids as well. Herd immunity refers to the extra protection that comes from vaccinating… Continue reading The Science Corner: Herd Immunity

Vaccines & autism: the link that doesn't exist
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Vaccines & Autism: The Link That Doesn’t Exist

Chances are, you've heard the idea that vaccines can cause autism.  This notion is championed by various organizations and individuals; one of the most prominent is actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  She has an autism-related organization called Generation Rescue, and on its website is a guide to vaccine safety.… Continue reading Vaccines & Autism: The Link That Doesn’t Exist