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Vaccination

Why is whooping cough on the rise, and what can you do about it?

Friday, November 30, 2012, 6:30 AM
Kristen A. Feemster, M.D.,M.P.H., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she sees patients and conducts research on infectious disease epidemiology and vaccine policy. By Kristen A. Feemster An old disease is back. Cases of pertussis, or whooping cough... Read more

Study: HPV vaccine does not lead to sexual promiscuity

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Here at The Public’s Health last week, Nan Feyler discussed the underused human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and asked whether we should, like many other vaccines, mandate it for school entry. Some critics of the vaccine have expressed concern that its use will cause girls... Read more

In the fight against cancer, a vaccine is underused

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:30 AM
Nan Feyler, chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, is a member of an expert panel intended to expand the breadth of The Public’s Health. By Nan Feyler A vaccine against cancer? You would think people would be kicking down the doctor’s door to get it. In fact... Read more

And the latest cause of autism is ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Autism, the lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder marked by a range of social and communication impairments, has seen its share of reckless claims about causes and cures. From the belief that the emotional coldness of the so-called refrigerator mother caused her child’s autism... Read more

Should We Vaccinate Against Unhealthy Behavior? (Say, Smoking?)

Friday, January 6, 2012, 6:30 AM
Geisinger Health, the major health care system of central and northeastern Pennsylvania, recently joined Abington Memorial Hospital, the World Health Organization and other tobacco-conscience health care organizations by announcing that it will screen prospective employees for nicotine before hiring—those... Read more

'Keep Climbing' . . . In the Unvaccinated, Disease-Ridden Skies?

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:30 AM
Here at The Public’s Health we have not hidden the fact that we see vaccination as one of the great public health success stories of the 20th century, and hope that vaccines continue to have a similar benefit in the 21st. The effectiveness and safety of vaccination is well documented: many vaccine-preventable... Read more

The H1N1 Flu Pandemic: What Went Right and Wrong?

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:15 AM
The H1N1 pandemic of 2009-10 may be fading from memory for most. But for the public health community, swine flu provided a critical case study in how well-prepared we are for a widespread outbreak of novel communicable disease. The pandemic also offers important lessons on the persistence of health... Read more

A Fight Brews Over Delta Flu Video's Take on Vaccination

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 8:29 PM
Last week, Delta Airlines began showing a 3-minute video on its in-flight entertainment system that was produced by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) – an organization that, despite its official-sounding name, is a leading anti-vaccination group in the United States. Among images... Read more
About this blog

What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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