Feb 19, 2014 — Only one third of teenage girls have gotten the recommended three shots of HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer. Doctors are trying to figure out what will get them in the door.
Jan 25, 2014 — An interactive map shows how measles and whooping cough have made a comeback in the U.S. and Europe, even though they're easily prevented by a few shots. The surge of these diseases coincides with changes in views about vaccine safety.
Nov 16, 2013 — There have been seven cases of bacterial meningitis on the university's campus since March. The FDA has given approval to importing a European vaccine because the strain detected at Princeton isn't covered by vaccines available in the U.S. The severe disease can cause serious complications or death.
Nov 9, 2013 — The number of children skipping vaccines has been rising, raising concerns about outbreaks of measles and other infections diseases. A California law designed to encourage parents to get information before deciding about vaccination has been complicated by the governor's addition of an exemption for members of religious groups.
Oct 8, 2013 — Bombs targeting polio vaccinators have threatened the global effort to stamp out the disease once and for all. The attacks are likely to continue, researchers warned, unless there's a change in eradication strategy toward local action.
Sep 30, 2013 — The whooping cough vaccine isn't perfect, but public health officials suspected that something else contributed to the 2010 pertussis outbreak in California. A study finds that neighborhoods where more parents filed for vaccination exemptions for their children had higher rates of infection.
Sep 12, 2013 — Eight outbreaks of measles have infected at least 159 people so far this year, the CDC reports. All of the outbreaks were caused by people traveling internationally and bringing the virus back to the U.S. Communities that don't vaccinate children for religious reasons were hardest hit.
Aug 27, 2013 — Since the rollout the rotavirus vaccine for infants in 2006, the spillover benefits to children and adults who weren't immunized have been enormous. Hospitalizations due to the stomach virus have dramatically declined in those populations, too.
Aug 8, 2013 — In a preliminary study, a new type of vaccine offers strong protection against malaria when given at high doses. The study was extremely small and short-term. But health leaders say they are cautiously optimistic about the approach.
Jul 23, 2013 — Physicians are partly to blame for the increasing popularity of untested treatments, says Dr. Paul Offit. Rather than pushing back against misguided patient demand, he says, doctors have "acted like waiters at a restaurant, simply asking, 'What would you like?' "