Watch your back Dr Seuss, you may be next
Anti-vax reviewers are leaving negative and misleading reviews for children’s books on Amazon that promote or otherwise help children prepare for and understand vaccination. Meanwhile, this children’s book seems to offer a how-to manual for using your kids to create a measles outbreak. Serious stuff, but the truly hilarious comments from the pro-science side should give you hope, or at least a laugh.
Just what the doctor (didn’t!) order
One of the most common reasons people don’t receive their flu shot is because their local physician has never recommended it. (80% of patients say they would be more likely to get a vaccination if a health care provider recommended it.) But with a small prompt attached to each electronic patient record forcing doctors to accept or cancel a flu vaccine order, vaccination went up by 37% over a two year period. Cheap nudges like these are increasing vaccination rates.
Winter is coming - Prepare for war
When someone tells you that a coming disease could kill up to 30 million people in a period as short as six months you sit up and listen. When that person is Bill Gates and he tells you that the world is not ready or prepared to respond effectively, you sit up and listen very carefully. The current Ebola outbreak in DRC may be the next front where the world’s global outbreak response is tested.