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Dawn Pedersen
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Blending science, art, and tech. Dawn is a science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, wife and mother.
Blending science, art, and tech. Dawn is a science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, wife and mother.

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While proper wound cleansing is always good practice, it will not prevent tetanus. Its spores can easily survive washing with water or hydrogen peroxide. They will easily survive in a person's bloodstream as well. They will not get flushed out completely if the wound bleeds. http://vaccine.fyi/antivax-myth-tetanus-isnt-a-risk-if-the-wound-bleeds/
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Up to 90% of fetuses whose mother caught rubella during her first trimester of pregnancy will be stillborn or suffer the permanent organ damage of congenital rubella syndrome.
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Dogs contribute up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans. Once neurological symptoms appear, rabies is almost 100% fatal. Be sure to vaccinate your pets, and seek immediate care if you are bitten by an animal.
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HPV is a very common sexually-transmitted virus, and it is sneaky. It can be picked up from your very first sexual encounter, and you wouldn't be aware it was there. The HPV vaccine currently protects against 9 strains of Human papillomavirus. All boys and girls should get the HPV vaccine during adolescence, to protect them from a variety of cancers caused by these nine strains.
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Your brain and spinal cord are protected by membranes called the meninges. Meningitis is an acute inflammation of these membranes, and it can can be very destructive. Even with antibiotic treatment, the meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis has a fatality rate of 10% or more. If you survive, you may still be left with permanent disability. Lucky, there are vaccines for multiple strains of N. meningitidis.
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Want a flyer you can download and share that includes the key points from my movie review of Vaxxed? Show your friends and family why this so-called "documentary" can't be trusted—because the people in it can't be trusted. Thanks to a fellow vaccine advocate for the idea to create this. http://dawnsbrain.com/vaxxed-counter-flyer/
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I went and watched this garbage movie last night, so you wouldn't have to. My review of "Vaxxed".
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While mumps rarely results in death (mortality), it was once a very common infection (morbidity) in the United States. The awful misery of a swollen salivary gland or two could last a week or more.
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Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) is hardly a household word, but the bacterium can be very nasty to young children. A vaccine was introduced in 1985, and since then rates of severe Hib infections have decreased more than 90% in areas where the vaccine is routine.
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People often wonder: why give my newborn a hepatitis B vaccine, if hep B is sexually transmitted?

True, it is. But it can also be contracted during childbirth by the baby from her mother (who unknowingly carries the virus). A child can even contract the hep B virus from another child via a bite to the arm. Infants are very likely to develop chronic liver disease from the virus.

This is why medical staff give babies a hep B vaccine within the 24 hours following birth—with boosters at 1 month and 6 months of age.
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