Globalisation has ensured that pandemics are a fact of life, but are we learning from past mistakes?
Despite Nigeria's success in eradicating polio, it is struggling to get a grip on mother and child vaccinations.
Two major clinical trials will be conducted in South Africa in 2016 to test ways of preventing new HIV infections.
Researchers are piloting a smartphone app to collect better information about who is getting vaccinated and to design better incentives for health workers on vaccination drives.
In light of the newly ignited political debate about vaccines, here in one article are some of the highlights of our vaccines coverage.
Recent polio outbreaks in Ukraine and Mali, caused by a vaccine-derived form of poliovirus, don't mean the vaccine isn't working. On the contrary, they are a reminder to keep up vaccination rates.
Media coverage of a recent study involving a "leaky" vaccine raised questions about the possibility that they could make viruses more dangerous.
Was the Ebola vaccine 100% effective, or 100% lucky? The good money is on a percentage somewhere in between, but in truth, we will never know.
We don't trust bacteria and we don't trust GM, so putting them together might be controversial. That's exactly what we're doing, though.
Hepatitis B vaccines have been available for over 20 years but the virus is still endemic in Africa, with the continent carrying over one third of the globe's case load.
The anti-vaccination movement is not the cause of falling vaccination rates. It is a symptom of the public’s growing distrust in the government and the medical profession.
Viruses cause all kinds of infections from relatively mild cases of the flu to deadly outbreaks of Ebola. Clearly, not all viruses are equal and one of these differences is when you can infect others.
Vaccines have always had potential side effects but they remain our best defence against far more dangerous infectious diseases.
When the measles vaccine was introduced, it was associated with reductions in more childhood disease deaths than were actually caused by the measles. How does that work?
Big pharma is finally starting to pay attention to the developing world. Here's why.
During World War II the US military forged partnerships with industry and academia that translated laboratory findings into working products at an unprecedented pace.
A small dose of a weak form of anti-science can inoculate people against the real thing, just like a vaccine.
Understanding public opinion can help officials target messages during a health crisis. But current survey methods aren't good at generating representative samples. Can Twitter fill in the gaps?
It’s that time of year again when scientists and doctors make predictions about the impending flu season and we must decide whether to go out and get the flu vaccine.
Studies show that the more familiar we become with false information, the more likely we are to later remember it as fact.