(BPT) - The drop in pediatric vaccination rates in the first six months of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic placed certain populations at a greater risk for vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and potential outbreaks. “Vaccines are a great public health success story,” shared pediatric vaccine expert Michelle Goveia, MD, MPH, and Global Medical and Scientific Affairs Director at Merck. “But vaccines only work when people get vaccinated.” Though measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, cases of measles have been on the rise in recent years, in which 2019 saw the highest number of reported cases since 1992. When the COVID-19 pandemic caused initial stay-at-home orders in March-May 2020 and families were hesitant to go to the doctor’s office for fear of being exposed to coronavirus, pediatric vaccination rates dropped. These rates were substantially lower compared with the same period in 2018 and 2019. Among the vaccination rates that saw a decline since … [Read more...] about Vaccination: Why It’s Important for Your Children and Community
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Kelsie Whitmore always wanted to play in the major leagues. She did not always want to admit it. "Are you sure?" people would respond, after they asked what she wanted to do. Even at an early age, she knew what they really meant: "You know you can't do that, right?" They would, and still do, tell her how hard she would have to work, as if a girl who played baseball with the boys from the moment she started Little League didn't know that already. She knew they thought she probably couldn't do it. In fairness, they had never seen anyone try. Whitmore was never afraid that that skepticism would make her question whether she belonged. As the first woman to start a game in the Atlantic League, an independent circuit, she had never exactly blended in. But she has stood in the same outfield as former major leaguers, tracking and … [Read more...] about Kelsie Whitmore is the first woman to play in the Atlantic League, and she knows what is possible and what isn’t
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, Sydney Spain, 19, texted her boyfriend, Steven, asking if he had seen the news. He wasn't willing to discuss it, he responded, because he didn't want to fight about it. The pair, who are both students and have been dating since last August, have differing perspectives on abortion. Spain considers abortion a form of health care and a human right. "With abortion, it's not just politics - for me, it's my human rights, having the choice, having the rights of my own body," she said. Steven, 18, is opposed to abortion - a view that he said stems from his Christian upbringing and his politics, which he describes as moderate or moderate conservative. "I can't morally agree to just taking what would be someone's chance at life," said Steven, who is being identified by his first name and was granted partial anonymity out of privacy concerns. Now, the pair - who live in Alabama, one of several states that immediately banned … [Read more...] about They don’t agree on abortion. Can their relationship survive post-Roe?
If you’ve been trying to find cheap flights out of Houston in recent months, you’ve surely noticed that prices are soaring . With the cost of fuel steadily climbing paired with our collective desire to travel after the pandemic kept us all cooped up at home, it makes sense that cheap tickets for flights are hard to come by! Fortunately, we’ve done some digging on how to get cheap airline tickets, so if you plan on booking a trip in the near future, check out these travel tips that will have you flying high on savings! How to find cheap flights with search engines & online travel agencies Search engines and online travel agencies offer consumers the ability to compare prices based on different criteria. They provide an eagle eye view of your options when searching for cheap tickets, allowing you to see offers from competing airlines, as well as suggesting different dates or times that may provide a better deal on your airline tickets. They’re also useful tools for … [Read more...] about Houston, here’s how to find cheap flights