Outbreaks on the rise
Measles, pertussis and more vaccine-preventable diseases

About this project

Vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback in California and across the country. More than 130 people caught measles after an outbreak started in Disneyland in late December, which public health officials attribute to un- and under-vaccinated people. In 2014, more than 11,000 Californians caught whooping cough; three infants died of the disease. With infectious diseases under the public microscope, the Center for Health Reporting scrutinizes existing and future legislation, paying close attention to public sentiment and public health.


Vaccination photos: Needles, screams and vials

Needles plunging into arms. Screaming toddlers. A stock image of a vial. These images often illustrate stories about childhood vaccinations. But maybe they shouldn’t.


Lauren M. Whaley

Freelance journalist Lauren M. Whaley is a photographer, radio producer and print reporter specializing in topics related to mental illness, reproductive health care and health disparities. She is also a childbirth photographer.This year, She is working on a series about how low-income parents access care for perinatal mental illnesses. The project is funded in part by the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.She was a 2016-17 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.Her work has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) STEM story project. She has contributed radio, video, photography and written stories to KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and other media outlets. For six years, she worked as the Center for Health Reporting's multimedia journalist. She is a past president of the national organizationJournalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and spent her early 20s leading canoe expeditions for young women, including a solo-led 45-trip in the Canadian Arctic. She is based in Los Angeles.

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