Vaccinations have saved countless lives and untold suffering, even though many adults still believe vaccines are bad for their children.
Vaccines have long been considered safe, but many people still believe they are not. A new study shows that people who think they know more than medical experts are more likely to believe that vaccine are not safe.
To reduce the incidence of hepatitis B in Canada and to reduce mother-to-child transmission, it is vital that we vaccinate all infants at birth.
To meet World Health Organization targets and reduce the rates of chronic hepatitis B infection among children, Canada should implement routine vaccination of all infants at birth.
Everyone has to be vaccinated for immunisation programs to work.
Stating a majority of people won't benefit from a vaccine ignores the purpose of immunisation programs.
A vaccine (toxoid) against diphtheria first became available in Toronto in 1926. Thanks to the work of the Toronto Diphtheria Committee, the city was diphtheria-free by 1940.
Toronto's fight against diptheria teaches us the powerful impact of public health campaigns -- in persuading parents to vaccinate their children.
When British parents are informed of the risks of HPV, they want their sons to be vaccinated against the virus.
Giving pregnant mothers the flu vaccine protected their babies from getting the flu in the first six months of life.
Complementary medicine practitioners could prove to be a valuable source of information about vaccinations.
Australian parents who visit complementary health practitioners are less likely to vaccinate their kids. But could these practitioners be best placed to educate sceptical parents about vaccination?
What will it take to finish polio off in the last three countries where it persists?
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Pakistan had only eight new diagnoses of polio in 2017. The virus' days look numbered – but health workers have their work cut out for them to eradicate the devastating disease once and for all.
Health authorities have raised the alarm after several cases of human rabies were reported in a space of four months.
Could the yearly flu shot become a thing of the past?
AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File
Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But rational design – a new way to create vaccines – might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
A veterinarian about to administer the Hendra virus vaccine.
New research shows that vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus in horses does not reduce their racing performance.
The polio vaccination campaign in Nigeria is being hampered.
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Social media rumours are putting Nigeria's vaccination campaigns at risk.
A baby cries during diphtheria immunisation at a clinic in Cibinong, Bogor, West Java, south of Jakarta, Indonesia, December 5, 2017.
Antara Foto/Yulius Satria Wijaya/via REUTERS
An outbreak of diphtheria in Indonesia is not caused by a singular factor. The country needs better vaccination coverage and distribution as well as better antibiotics.
Current plans to eradicate polio mean keeping the virus alive – and risk restarting the epidemic.
Beds with patients in an emergency hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, during the influenza epidemic around 1918.
National Museum of Health and Medicine.
Many healthy young men and women, including military personnel, died in the 1918 flu pandemic. It's a reminder of how dangerous influenza can be.
Vaccines for the flu offer mediocre coverage compared with those for other diseases.
A better vaccine could have reduced the rates of flu, but not the high-dose Fluzone vaccine doctors were touting at the start of the week.
A polio patient in an iron lung, 1940.
Vaccination is not to be taken for granted.
Most people don’t take flu seriously enough.
A vaccine recommendation from a health professional and convenient access will make the biggest difference to uptake.
Signs from a protest in 2015 against a California bill that prohibits parents from using a religious exemption as a reason to not vaccinate their children. The bill became law.
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Opposition to vaccines still prevents many children from getting needed preventative care. Understanding who is opposed, and why, can help, but the answers may surprise you.
A recent study of medical students and residents found they were reluctant to engage with parents who have vaccination fears. But listening to parents is important.
A recent study suggests that shunning parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their kids isn't the best strategy. A better strategy might be old-fashioned, but it works.