STAT – Most pediatricians say parents have refused vaccines for their kids
More doctors are reporting encounters with parents refusing to vaccinate their kids than a decade ago, but parents’ reasons for skipping immunizations have shifted in the past decade.
A new survey published in Pediatrics on Monday reports that 87 percent of pediatricians in the United States say they encountered parents refusing to vaccinate their children in 2013. A decade earlier, 75 percent of doctors reported they had experienced vaccine refusals.

HealthDay News – More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study
Though a growing number of Americans are able to afford prescription medications, millions still have difficulty, a new study finds.
At the recession’s height in 2009, over 25 million Americans said they had not filled a prescription in the previous year because they couldn’t afford it, the analysis of federal government data showed. That was nearly one in 10 Americans.

CNN – US blood supply should be screened for Zika, FDA says
The Food and Drug Administration has recommended screening the entire US blood supply for the Zika virus, it announced today, noting that screening donated blood is already underway in Florida and Puerto Rico.
The new recommendation applies “across the board to anyone collecting blood,” explained Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. This includes very large blood collection establishments, such as the American Red Cross, and some very small establishments, such as academic centers, he said.

Reuters – Southeast Asia needs to up its game to combat Zika: experts
The spread of the Zika virus across tropical Southeast Asia is likely to be significantly under-reported as local health authorities fail to conduct adequate screening, regional experts said on Monday.
International travel hub Singapore confirmed 41 locally-transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne virus on Sunday and said it anticipated more, raising fears about how quickly it could disperse throughout the region.