There's an effective vaccine – but it's not always the best option.
Not only will a nasal vaccine avoid the ‘ouch’ factor, it gets the vaccine straight to the most common site of infection.
Infection with streptococcus bacteria leads to a wide array of diseases ranging from strep throat to rheumatic heart disease.
Daniel Streicker/Julio Benavides
They kill thousands of animals and people every year by spreading rabies. New research findings could solve the problem.
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Understanding how the flu virus copies itself could open a way to killing it.
Rabies rates are rising in Africa.
New initiative with old handsets halves rates of the disease in southern Tanzania – and is being applied to other conditions, too.
Black-headed flying fox (right) among a grey-headed colony.
Bats can carry some of the deadliest diseases known to affect humans and yet they don't seem to get sick. So what can we learn from a bat's immune system?
A reservoir of viruses.
Globalisation has ensured that pandemics are a fact of life, but are we learning from past mistakes?
A woman receives an MMR injection.
In light of the newly ignited political debate about vaccines, here in one article are some of the highlights of our vaccines coverage.
The oral vaccine is the most common polio vaccine used in the world.
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.
These little-loved microbes may be coming in from the cold.
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.
A vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and an information sheet are seen at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, February 26 2015.
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.
Vaccines have always had potential side effects but they remain our best defence against far more dangerous infectious diseases.
A painless do-it-yourself injection device may make the flu vaccine more popular, research shows. The patch contains a micro-needle…
The general movement in medical practice and ethics over the last 40 years has been away from paternalism towards strong respect for the autonomy of individuals. So a recent judgement in the High Court…
There is no truth to claims that immunisations cause autism, brain damage or sudden infant death syndrome.
When I was an infant I had whooping cough and was ill for three months. I don’t remember it, of course, but I know it was very distressing for my parents. I do remember later trips with my researcher father…
The characterisation of a rare immune cell has revealed its role in autoimmune diseases and long-term immunity in a recent…
Almost 90% of the world now has access to drinking water, but there is still a long way to go.
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Did you hear about the latest success for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? Don’t be ashamed to say no – most of the world missed it with you. So what happened? You’ll remember that the MDGs are…
Computer simulations have shown that early infection of the HIV virus still allows for rapid evolution, bypassing the immune…
Infectious disease has joined poaching and habitat loss as a major threat to the survival of African apes. Although vaccinations…