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Vaccine Hesitancy: An Emerging Threat

According to World Health Organization’s “Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019” list, one of the main threats people around the globe will face is vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy, explained as “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”, has been a growing epidemic over the past years with the help of…

Measles and Misconceptions

Most of us have heard denunciations of vaccinations like “Vaccinations should not be mandatory, but voluntary” or “Vaccines cause autism.” Many Washington University in St. Louis students scoff at these sentiments because science has proven that vaccinations prevent disease and protect public health. In a survey with a sample of WUSTL students, 100 hundred percent…

The Reach of Ebola

Dr. Mark Manary spent two weeks in Sierra Leone this past July and witnessed a “total disruption in society.” As of November 11, 14,413 cases and 5,177 deaths due to the Ebola outbreak have been reported. Actual numbers are thought to be much higher. But what do those numbers mean? Who are these people being…

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