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The underestimated importance of vaccines

The underestimated importance of vaccines

April 9, 2019

Three-hundred and fourteen individual cases of measles were recorded between January and March of this year in 15 states of the U.S. Of the 157 cases recorded in Rockland, New York, 82% had not gotten a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. It’s been 2015 since the last person died of measles in the U.S., and another 12 years before that. Eighty-one flights traveling in the U.S. in the past year had at least one person on board with the disease. But why is this a problem? If one person in the vicinity is infected with measles, 90% of the individuals around them will also be infected. The disease was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. And it’s not just measles. For the first time in 30 years, a child has contracted tetanus in Oregon. It took $800,000 to save him, but, according to most doctors, would have only taken a single shot to prevent it from happening at all. For epidemiologist Jennifer Pavon*, this rapid rise of illnesses is due to vaccine resistance, which she attributes to a lack of education on the subject.  “I think with any misinformation crisis, it really boils down to an educational crisis, where people aren’t educated enough to seek out fact-checked, correct information,” Pavon said. “People...

The importance of a driver’s license

March 20, 2019

Jai Sinha reports on how important driver's licenses are to many students.

The importance of Tech Crew

February 15, 2019

CJ Ward reports on the importance of Tech Crew.

Student directed ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ hits the stage

Student directed ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ hits the stage

April 20, 2018

Laughter filled the studio theater Thursday night as the audience was treated to a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Carlmont seniors Te...

Books students read don’t reflect Carlmont’s diverse population

Books students read don’t reflect Carlmont’s diverse population

January 23, 2018

J.D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare. All three are accomplished writers. All three are white. Sandra Cisneros, also an accomplished writer. Cisneros i...

The importance of naps in high school

The importance of naps in high school

February 1, 2014

When I was in kindergarten, I resented naps. Because I was an energetic child, any amount of time where I had to be still was complete torture. Whenever my teacher said it was...

Put the pajamas away: the importance of looking presentable

March 22, 2013

No matter your age, the clothes you wear can define the way others view you. So, when I see my fellow classmates dressed in their most comfortable pajamas, I am worried. The...

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