It is critical to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, including its source and why transmission appears to be more efficient than with previous coronaviruses.
Scientists are pursuing several different avenues to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, but the process could take years.
Researchers around the world are working together to control the coronavirus outbreak, now known as COVID-19. This is what's behind the global effort to develop a vaccine.
Studies show that people are more likely to get the flu shot if they have a plan.
The flu shot is a bargain – and people are more likely to get it if they know that.
HPV vaccine has reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women by 71%.
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Following the success of the cervical cancer vaccine, new work on links between viruses and cancers raises promising possibilities.
A sense of wellbeing can have an important affect on parents' decisions when it comes to health care.
A security guard wears a mask as she keeps watch at arriving passengers at Manila’s international airport in the Philippines on Jan. 23, 2020, as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus.
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One of the dangers of the new coronavirus is that there is no treatment – and no vaccine. But researchers had already been at work on vaccines for close-related viruses.
Successful vaccination against measles in childhood should provide lifetime protection.
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Measles infection can be easily managed with prompt health care and symptom management. But without care, mild symptoms can turn into life threatening secondary infections or long-term effects.
Chest x-ray of a person with TB infection in both the right and left lungs.
There are more effective ways to give the tuberculosis vaccine.
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.