immunization http://ripr.org en Measles Resurgence Touches RI; Possible ER Exposure http://ripr.org/post/measles-resurgence-touches-ri-possible-er-exposure <p>Health officials say several adults may have been exposed to a person with the measles last weekend. The exposure might have happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 22nd in the emergency department at Rhode Island Hospital or later that evening in the emergency department at Roger Williams Hospital. Hospital officials say a man later diagnosed with measles presented&nbsp;at Rhode Island Hospital between 3 and 6 in the morning. He left against medical advice. Around 6 pm that evening he went to Roger Williams Hospital with a worsening fever. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:12:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35956 at http://ripr.org Measles Resurgence Touches RI; Possible ER Exposure Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home? http://ripr.org/post/should-unvaccinated-kids-stay-home <p>That depends on your priorities. But first, <strong>here's what's at issue:</strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28278 at http://ripr.org Should Unvaccinated Kids Stay Home? Should Flu & HPV Shots Be Required For School Kids? http://ripr.org/post/should-flu-hpv-shots-be-required-school-kids <p>The state’s health department is considering updates to its immunization policy for school kids from preschool through college. The proposals would require flu shots for kids up to age five and the HPV vaccine for kids entering ninth grade.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:33:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28277 at http://ripr.org Vaccines: Are You Hiding In The Herd? http://ripr.org/post/vaccines-are-you-hiding-herd <p>Herd, as in "herd immunity," the concept being that the majority of vaccinated people protect the minority who aren't vaccinated, a kind of safety-in-numbers for your immune system. But what if the number in the minority starts to creep up?</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:51:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24690 at http://ripr.org Vaccines: Are You Hiding In The Herd?