Vaccines in the News

Vaccines in the News

Just Two Measles Cases Cost Taxpayers $68,192 In Colorado November 25, 2017
Even when infectious diseases don’t cause long-term serious harm, they cost money. When that disease is a serious, extremely contagious vaccine-preventable disease like measles, the costs run into tens of thousands of dollars—which come straight from taxpayers’ pockets. [+] more
HPV Vaccination Immunity Remains Strong 10 Years Later, Especially For Preteens November 22, 2017
The vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) is safe and effective at preventing infection, according to new findings from one of the longest follow-up industry-funded studies of the four-strain HPV vaccine to date. The study, published in Pediatrics, also revealed data supporting the rationale behind recommending the vaccine to boys and girls at 9-12 years old. Not only are these ages long before most kids become sexually active, but those who received the vaccine at these younger ages had stronger immunity against HPV than those who received the vaccine more than two years later. [+] more
The Last of the Iron Lungs November 20, 2017
In 2013, the Post-Polio Health International (PHI) organizations estimated that there were six to eight iron lung users in the United States. Now, PHI executive director Brian Tiburzi says he doesn’t know anyone alive still using the negative-pressure ventilators. This fall, I met three polio survivors who depend on iron lungs. They are among the last few, possibly the last three. [+] more
The anti-vaccine movement's influence may be waning November 20, 2017
While vaccine refusal rates have overall increased since 2011, they leveled off 2013 through 2016, researchers writing in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases found. [+] more
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