Vaccines in the News

Vaccines in the News

Senate kills watered-down vaccination bill March 23, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday killed a watered-down version of a bill designed to increase the vaccination rate for school-aged children.
Senate Bill 83, authored by Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, originally removed the vaccination exemptions from state law, but left the medical exemption in place.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday killed a watered-down version of a bill designed to increase the vaccination rate for school-aged children. Senate Bill 83, authored by Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, originally removed the vaccination exemptions from state law, but left the medical exemption in place. [+] more
Effective one-shot vaccination of newborns moves closer to reality March 23, 2017
Newborns are highly vulnerable to infections and don't respond optimally to most vaccines because their young immune systems typically mount weak antibody responses. Now, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital report achieving strong vaccine responses in newborn animals, including monkeys—the final preclinical model before human trials—by adding compounds known as adjuvants that boost the immune response. In two simultaneous papers, they also describe improved adjuvant formulations that could reduce side effects.
Globally, vaccines that could be given at birth could sharply reduce infant mortality. However, currently, only BCG, polio vaccine and hepatitis B vaccines are effective in newborns, and the latter two require multiple doses for protection. The new studies, led by David Dowling, PhD, cap a decade of research in the laboratory of Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, aimed at tailoring vaccines to newborns' unique immune systems. They were published March 23, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight (JCI-Insight) and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI).
Newborns are highly vulnerable to infections and don't respond optimally to most vaccines because their young immune systems typically mount weak antibody responses. Now, researchers at Boston Children's Hospital report achieving strong vaccine responses in newborn animals, including monkeys—the final preclinical model before human trials—by adding compounds known as adjuvants that boost the immune response. In two simultaneous papers, they also describe improved adjuvant formulations that could reduce side effects. Globally, vaccines that could be given at birth could sharply reduce infant mortality. However, currently, only BCG, polio vaccine and hepatitis B vaccines are effective in newborns, and the latter two require multiple doses for protection. The new studies, led by David Dowling, PhD, cap a decade of research in the laboratory of Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, aimed at tailoring vaccines to newborns' unique immune systems. They were published March 23, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight (JCI-Insight) and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). [+] more
ASCO issues global guidance on HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer March 22, 2017
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, has released the first guideline on primary prevention of cervical cancer that accommodates multiple regions of the world and their varied socioeconomic and structural resources.
“Although HPV vaccine has been around for more than a decade, the uptake of the vaccine has been less than ideal in many places, including in high-resource countries such as the United States," Silvina Arrossi, PhD, a researcher at Instituto Nacional del Cancer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and co-chair of the panel that developed the guidelines, said in a press release. “As an organization of cancer doctors, the ASCO continues to endorse HPV vaccination programs and efforts to help spare more women around the world from this very difficult cancer.”
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, has released the first guideline on primary prevention of cervical cancer that accommodates multiple regions of the world and their varied socioeconomic and structural resources. “Although HPV vaccine has been around for more than a decade, the uptake of the vaccine has been less than ideal in many places, including in high-resource countries such as the United States," Silvina Arrossi, PhD, a researcher at Instituto Nacional del Cancer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and co-chair of the panel that developed the guidelines, said in a press release. “As an organization of cancer doctors, the ASCO continues to endorse HPV vaccination programs and efforts to help spare more women around the world from this very difficult cancer.” [+] more
Trump’s dangerous support for vaccine skeptic March 22, 2017
Vaccination is by far the most successful public-health program ever conducted in the United States. This program may be endangered, however, by President Trump and some members of Congress under the influence of critics who push pseudo-scientific skepticism about the effectiveness and safety of vaccination. The new president has met with vaccine doubter Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about establishing a panel to investigate the already scientifically disproved claims that vaccines cause neurological disorders, including autism.
This kind of doubt is dangerous. The false fears stoked by the vaccination critics influence many families to reject vaccination. That refusal to vaccinate accounts for a rising incidence of diseases that strike children disproportionately and that may be severely injuring or even fatal.
Vaccination is by far the most successful public-health program ever conducted in the United States. This program may be endangered, however, by President Trump and some members of Congress under the influence of critics who push pseudo-scientific skepticism about the effectiveness and safety of vaccination. The new president has met with vaccine doubter Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about establishing a panel to investigate the already scientifically disproved claims that vaccines cause neurological disorders, including autism. This kind of doubt is dangerous. The false fears stoked by the vaccination critics influence many families to reject vaccination. That refusal to vaccinate accounts for a rising incidence of diseases that strike children disproportionately and that may be severely injuring or even fatal. [+] more
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