Anti-vaccine protesters at a rally.
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Studies have shown that the reasons for anti-vaccine sentiment run deep, and scientific facts don't often matter. A new study drills deeper into reasons for resistance and possible ways to counteract them.
Human challenge studies can be useful to test new vaccines and are increasingly being used internationally. Yet there are several ethical issues to consider.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
If you’re going overseas with your little one, you can vaccinate them against measles early. But they’ll still need their regular jab when they turn one.
Babies are normally vaccinated against measles at 12 months old. But doctors are now suggesting having the shot as early as six months might be worthwhile for youngsters traveling overseas.
They’re not perfect, but flu shots are still good to get.
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The 2018-2019 flu season was less deadly than the last. But the pattern of infection was unusual, thanks to the various strains circulating and the way flu shots work over time.
Buffalo relaxes in Lake Nakuru surrounded by flamingoes.
Outbreaks often affect the same areas because, once released, the bacteria continues to live as spores in the soil.
A risk analysis could offer insight into the anti-vaccination decision of some parents.
An economics risk analysis offers some insight into the modern anti-vaxx movement.
Soon, this farmer and her goats could be treated with the same vaccine.
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Rift Valley Fever infects millions of humans and livestock in Africa and Arabia. To fight it, scientists are developing a first of its kind vaccine that can be used on humans and animals.
Several parents do not want their children vaccinated, for religious or other reasons.
Measles cases in the US have reached their highest in 25 years. A bioethicist argues why parents opposed to vaccination are not just wrong about the science, but about the morals.
Scientific evidence is clear: Vaccination is good for people and society. Online discussions are increasingly reflecting that reality.
Social media activity suggests that pro-vaccine evidence may be starting to outweigh anti-vaxxer disinformation.
New HIV infections continue to drive the epidemic.
Until then we need to get effective, accessible treatment for all who need it, while deploying the many prevention tools at our disposal.
Young boy receiving polio vaccine.
A bit of humility can go a long way.
Vaccines are an important health intervention.
Effective communication strategies will be crucial if scientists want to counter the worrying anti-vaccination trend.
Mali was one of the West African countries affected by the biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded from 2014 to 2016.
Without the current experimental vaccine the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has the potential to spiral out of control.
A sign at a clinic in Vancouver, Washington on Jan. 25, 2019 asks unvaccinated children 12 and younger to leave the facility.
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A measles outbreak is causing major concern in a Washington county where only 22 percent of children are vaccinated against the disease. A vaccine expert explains the risks.
Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
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Vaccines have 'non-specific effects' that have the potential to save millions of lives.
Are you exhausted? Your immune cells might be too.
The cornerstone of our adaptive immune system is the ability to remember the various infections we have encountered. Quite literally, if it doesn’t kill you, it makes your immune system stronger.
Vaccine work because they help create herd immunity.
Billboards spreading misinformation on the risks of vaccination have popped up around American cities. A bioethicist explains why decisions not to vaccinate children are indefensible.
Thanks to nonmedical exemptions, vaccination rates are falling in some states.
In 18 states, parents can choose to exempt their children from vaccines for nonmedical 'philosophical' or 'personal belief' reasons.
X-ray of the lungs in a 5-year-old child who has pneumonia.
There have been many advances made in the prevention and treatment of pneumonia, but providing for people's basic needs can help reduce the disease burden.
A new short drug treatment for tuberculosis, called BPaMZ, is showing promise in trials.
(The National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Georgia) on behalf of TB Alliance)
We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.