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COVID-19 vaccines unlikely to be cure-all

While vaccines for COVID-19 are urgently needed, the public would do well to realize that vaccines will not simply prevent all infections. It’s more likely that any vaccines developed will reduce the risk for contracting the disease and…

Waning immunity allowed Massachusetts mumps outbreaks

In 2016 and 2017, the number of mumps cases in Massachusetts was 250 and 170, respectively, a large increase from the average of 10 cases annually in the state. Most patients in these outbreaks had been vaccinated, and…

Climate in the clinic

Physicians, health leaders discuss how to address the health impacts of climate change February 19, 2020 – Climate change—and how it affects health—should be front and center for doctors, health care workers, and hospitals. That was the key…

Instagram remains a hotbed of vaccine misinformation

Leaders of the social media platform Instagram said months ago that they would take steps to curb the spread of misinformation about vaccines, but anti-vaccine content remains prevalent on the platform, according to news reports. A February 2,…

Probing public health issues in Massachusetts

Massachusetts may rank as one of the healthiest states in the U.S., but it lags behind countries that are similarly wealthy and industrialized. In a podcast for CommonWealth Magazine, Monica Bharel, MPH ’12, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of…

When to get a flu vaccine? Later may be better.

It’s “probably best” for people to wait to later in the flu season to get a flu shot, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Lipsitch, who was quoted in…