Liz Szabo reports that experts worry that recent outbreaks of Hib, or Haemophilus influenzae type b, mumps and measles “represent cracks in the country’s protection against terrifying childhood diseases that were once virtually eradicated.”
A study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that unvaccinated children are nine times as likely as others to contract chickenpox — which killed 100 children and hospitalized 10,000 a year before a vaccine became available in 1995. The same authors found that unvaccinated kids are 23 times as likely to develop whooping cough.
And the story includes this chart from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
There are strong multimedia elements – photos and video – as well.
One suggestion – for USA Today or any newspaper expanding its video efforts. Think twice about using the maudlin music on your videos. It’s as if you feel you need to tell readers/viewers how to feel. On this topic, with an already powerful and clear message, you don’t need to add the music. It’s formulaic, an approach borrowed from TV news, and
I hope websites don’t adopt it.
Regina McCombs of the Poynter Institute has compiled several news organizations’ policies on the use of music in video in a column, “Music in Multimedia: Add Sparingly, Not as a Crutch.”