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January 13, 2016

Pertussis outbreak among vaccinated children raises concerns about vaccine effectiveness

A pertussis outbreak in a Florida preschool in 2013 that affected 26 vaccinated children has raised concerns about pertussis vaccine effectiveness in children under five, according to a report by researchers from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

September 17, 2015

Donald Trump claims changing schedule of childhood vaccines would curb ‘autism epidemic’

At the second Republican primary debate Donald Trump claimed that spacing childhood vaccines out, and giving them in smaller doses would reduce the ‘autism epidemic’. Ben Carson and Rand Paul also supported spacing out the vaccine schedule, and Carson claimed many pediatricians recognize that too many vaccines are given in too short a period of time, but denied any autism link. Continue reading

August 24, 2015

Nanoparticle vaccine shows protection against different strains of flu

A nanoparticle flu vaccine that creates protection from different strains of the virus has been demonstrated in animal trials, according to a study in Nature Medicine. Researchers generated a vaccine using an H1N1 virus and found that it completely protected mice and partially protected ferrets infected with the H5N1 virus. Continue reading

July 31, 2015

Ebola vaccine clinical trial results suggest vaccine is safe and highly efficacious

Interim results from the phase 3 clinical trial of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine show that the vaccine “might be highly efficacious and safe” in preventing Ebola, according to researchers who conducted the trial. The randomised trial involved 7651 individuals in Guniea who were either vaccinated immediately or provided delayed vaccination 21 days after the start of the trial. The results of the study are published in The Lancet. Continue reading

April 29, 2015

Americas region declared world’s first to eliminate rubella

Endemic transmission of rubella has been eliminated throughout the Americas due to widespread use of the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine, according to an announcement by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. Continue reading