Vaccines were an effective way of protecting against the deadly disease.
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Smallpox is the only disease to be eradicated through sustained human effort. Many of these volunteers were women who defied social norms to save lives in India.
If another parent at playgroup says she’s not vaccinating her child, what’s the best way to respond?
Responding to someone who questions vaccination can be difficult. Before you react, it pays to assess the situation because weighing in can do more harm than good.
Pharmacist immunisers are gradually being allowed to give more types of vaccines.
You no longer have to go to your GP to get your flu shot or catch up on vaccinations you missed earlier in life or have waning immunity to. But they're unlikely to be free.
Rwanda's government has taken concerted, deliberate steps over the past 25 years to build a strong health system.
We need to investigate the overall health effects of vaccines.
At least half of parents of young children report having encountered negative messages about vaccines on social media.
Anti-vaccine info online might have foreign roots and political aims.
A health team begins to disinfect a clinic in Ngongolio, Beni, DRC.
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Two deadly viruses are ravaging the DRC. Why are we only hearing about one of them?
Different countries take different approaches to get parents to vaccinate their children. But saying which one works best is difficult.
In some countries, parents are fined if they don't vaccinate their child or they have to go on a course before being granted an exemption to vaccinate. Are any of these options right for Australia?
The oral polio vaccine is most commonly used in the developing world, despite one big problem.
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A challenge in eradicating polio comes from a version of the vaccine itself, which relies on live but attenuated virus. Rationally designing a new vaccine could help get rid of polio once and for all.
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.
The vaccine coverage needed for herd immunity varies from disease to disease.
When a certain percentage of a population has been vaccinated, it prevents an infectious disease from spreading. But that threshold depends on the disease.
Many myths make the rounds during flu season.
When it comes to flu, information can range from confusion about what it actually is, to speculation about how it's transmitted.
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.
You might feel a bit off after your flu shot but this doesn’t last long.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to start working and only protects against influenza, so you can still get sick from other viruses after your flu shot.
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.