Is the HPV vaccine a life-saving cancer preventer . or a potentially deadly dose for girls? Meet a mom who claims her daughter died after getting the HPV vaccine, and hear all sides of the HPV vaccine controversy. Then, Rosie Perez talks about her childhood, career and recent wedding. Plus, remember Blair from "The Facts of Life"? Find out what she's been up to and don't miss her workout tips for busy women.
Where do you stand on the HPV vaccine controversy?
I'm amazed that Katie Couric is asking the question. Read what people are saying about the dangers associated with this vaccine. I posted two comments.
"JPMorgan Chase is excited to offer ABA Therapy and provide this important treatment alternative for the children of our employees," said Stephen Cutler, JPMorgan Chase General Counsel and Advisor to Access Ability, the firm's Business Resource Group (BRG) for employees affected by disabilities. "One in 88 children is diagnosed with Autism. With almost 160,000 employees enrolled in our U.S. medical plan, we are confident that this important new offering will change the lives of many of our employees."
JP Morgan is "excited" to provide ABA coverage in their benefit plan. Because the rate is one in 88 CHILDREN and the fact that they have almost 160,000 employees, they're sure many people will be using the coverage. So why hasn't JP Morgan covered ABA before? It's been used with autism since the 1970s. Is it really because the numbers are currently so bad and the need so great that they simply have to?
A government study offers a new theory on why the whooping cough vaccine doesn't seem to be working as well as expected.
The research suggests that while the vaccine may keep people from getting sick, it doesn't prevent them from spreading whooping cough - also known as pertussis - to others.
"It could explain the increase in pertussis that we're seeing in the U.S.," said one of the researchers, Tod Merkel of the Food and Drug Administration.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can strike people of any age but is most dangerous to children. It was once common, causing hundreds of thousands of illnesses annually and thousands of deaths. But after a vaccine was introduced in the 1940s, cases dropped to fewer than 5,000 a year.
The vaccine was replaced in the 1990s because of side effects that included pain and swelling from the shot and fever. The newer vaccine is part of routine childhood vaccinations as well as adult booster shots.
But cases have rebounded. Last year was the nation's worst year for whooping cough in six decades - U.S. health officials received reports of more than 48,000 cases, including 18 deaths.
This year hasn't been half as bad - about 20,000 reported illnesses, including six deaths so far. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in cycles, so experts aren't surprised to see cases recede. But 20,000 can still be seen as a lot when a widely used vaccine is supposed to protect the public. . . .
What a revelation after endless news reports blaming non-vaccinating parents.