Vaccines in the News

Vaccines in the News

New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren't Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target July 25, 2017
Vaccine progress is stalling. That's the message from a new report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The report focuses on the DTP vaccine — the essential vaccine that protects kids against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) and that was first licensed in 1949. [+] more
Slight drop in measles vaccinations could triple infections in U.S. kids July 24, 2017
Just a 5 percent decline in measles vaccination rates could triple the number of young children who get infected with the virus in the U.S., according to a study highlighting the risks of parents refusing to vaccinate their kids. Nationwide, about 93 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old get the measles vaccine, researchers note in JAMA Pediatrics. If this vaccination rate dropped to 88 percent, it could result in 150 additional measles cases a year and cost government health programs $2.1 million, not counting hospital bills, researchers estimate. [+] more
HPV vaccine: Why aren't children getting it? July 23, 2017
HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer in women, and the cause of many vulvar, vaginal, throat, tongue, tonsilar, anal and penile cancers. The good news is there's a vaccine for HPV which can prevent the majority of these cancers. It's recommended for all kids ages 11 or 12 years, before they're exposed to the virus, which is when it works best. [+] more
Beyond The Nasty Needle: Trying To Make Vaccines More Comfy And Convenient July 23, 2017
News this summer of a flu vaccine patch sparked a lot of chatter. Could getting vaccinated be as easy as putting on a bandage? Could there be fewer, or at least smaller, needles in our future? Some companies and academic labs are working to make those things happen. [+] more
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