Vaccine News

A vaccine is a form of medication that is intended to prevent a disease rather than cure or treat it. The medicine present in a vaccine is actually the germ itself that has been killed or weakened to the point that it does not cause illness. Rather, the vaccine causes the body to produce antibodies to defend itself against the disease as if the person actually has it. This creates a situation where the body is able to fight off the infection if it is ever exposed to the germ at a later time.

Types of Vaccines

There is a wide range of vaccines available to prevent specific diseases or a combination of diseases, ranging from chickenpox to hepatitis to measles. Doctors typically recommend that children receive a number of vaccines in early childhood, starting with a hepatitis vaccine at birth and continuing over the next couple of years. Some vaccines, like those for tetanus, will need to be given throughout life at regular intervals to continue to prevent infection (every 10 years in the case of tetanus). And the flu vaccine is recommended every year for most people to prevent getting that season’s strain of the flu virus. There are also vaccinations that are only recommended for the elderly, like for shingles.

Risks of Vaccines

Some parents have concerns about the vaccines that their children receive, particularly when some doctor visits require a baby getting three or four shots at once. Some people believe that vaccines increase the chances of a child developing autism. But many major health organizations have performed large studies and reviews in recent years and rejected any link between vaccines and autism. Vaccines are considered to be safe, and serious adverse side effects to vaccinations are very rare.

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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3/28/2017
Better Efforts Could Help Rid the U.S. of Hepatitis B, C: Report

Plus, 90,000 fewer deaths would occur by 2030, study authors estimate

3/17/2017
Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations

Protection lasts years after immunization, researchers found

3/15/2017
Black Americans More Likely to Skip Flu Shot

They're concerned about vaccine safety, study shows

3/15/2017
Nearby Day Cares Don't Pose Health Risks to Kids: Study

Strict immunization requirements kept local whooping cough rates low, researchers say

3/9/2017
Chimps Can Get Ebola, Too, But Oral Vaccine May Help

However, trial was halted due to new animal research laws

2/21/2017
Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

Letter comes in response to President Trump's reported support for anti-vaccine groups

2/16/2017
Flu Vaccine a Pretty Good Match for Viruses This Year: CDC

Overall, it has been 48 percent effective, but more severe H3N2 strain a factor in reduced coverage

2/10/2017
Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC

Hospitalizations and deaths among kids and adults on the rise

2/8/2017
Screening, HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer: FDA

Agency recommends getting inoculated between 9 and 26 years old

2/7/2017
U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

CDC panel revises immunization advisory for vaccines affecting adults

2/7/2017
New Flu Vaccines for Dogs Unleashed in Lab

Researchers say the shots may help to protect people, too

2/6/2017
U.S. Teens Lag on Recommended Vaccinations

HPV and flu immunization rates remain well below goals, pediatricians' group says

2/2/2017
New Zika Vaccine Candidate Provides Powerful Protection

Made without live virus, only one shot was needed in mice and monkeys, researchers report

2/2/2017
Flu Shot May Curb Respiratory Infections in People With Heart Failure

Doctors should consider high-dose vaccine for those over 65, study suggests

2/2/2017
Most U.S. Adults Support Routine Child Vaccine

Survey finds 80 percent have positive view of the shot against measles, mumps and rubella

1/27/2017
Flu Hospitalizations, Deaths Increasing: CDC

But health officials still characterize the season as average

1/20/2017
Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC

Illness now being reported in middle sections of the country

1/19/2017
Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Two-pronged approach tested on lab monkeys, guinea pigs

1/19/2017
Nearly Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Finds

Although a vaccine is available, too few are getting it when young

1/13/2017
Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation

It's not too late to get vaccinated, CDC says

1/11/2017
Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic

Robert Kennedy Jr. has backed widely disproved claim that childhood inoculations can cause autism

1/6/2017
Flu Season Starting to Peak

More severe strain of virus circulating, but it's not too late to get vaccinated, health officials say

12/28/2016
Flu Shots Are Worth It

Vaccine most important for young kids, seniors, people with chronic disease, women before and after pregnancy, expert says

12/23/2016
There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot

Infections tend to spike up during and right after holiday season, CDC says

12/23/2016
Ebola Vaccine Appears Very Effective in Trial

Drug manufacturer says it will seek regulatory approval by end of 2017

12/22/2016
Health Tip: Getting Your Child Vaccinated

Distractions can help prevent pain

12/21/2016
Mumps Cases Hit 10-Year High in U.S.

Contagious virus, which can cause complications, can be prevented by vaccine, specialist says

12/16/2016
How Is the HPV Vaccine Perceived on Twitter?

Researchers find that positive messages prevail

12/16/2016
Flu Season's Starting to Rear Its Head

It's not too late to get your flu shot, health officials say

12/14/2016
Lab Vaccine Shields Mice Against Zika Virus

Chinese researchers may be one step closer to a defense against the mosquito-borne infection

12/12/2016
Just 40 Percent of Americans Vaccinated for Flu This Season

CDC urges everyone to get a shot, especially children, pregnant women and folks over 50

12/12/2016
How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations

Three-pronged approach includes anesthetic cream, researchers say

12/8/2016
More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed

All U.S. women should get the vaccine in pregnancy, but only about half do now, researchers say

12/7/2016
Therapeutic Vaccine Shows 'Game-Changing' Promise Against a Leukemia

Made by combining immune cells, cancer cells, it's kept some study patients in remission for nearly 5 years

11/22/2016
2 Doses of HPV Vaccine Effective for Younger Teens

Global study supports revised regimen for those under 15

11/22/2016
U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study

Although new threats have emerged, the number of people dying from infections has stayed relatively stable

11/18/2016
Are You Ready for Flu Season?

Get your flu shot now, health officials urge

11/18/2016
FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research

Researchers hope strain of mice will help speed development of vaccines, treatments

11/10/2016
Drug Combo Shows Early Promise for Remission of HIV

Monkey study produces 'one-two punch' that combines an HIV vaccine and an immune-stimulating drug

11/10/2016
DNA-Based Vaccine Protects Against Zika in Animal Study

Results are encouraging and human trials are underway, researchers say

11/8/2016
Routine School Vaccine Requirements Raise HPV Shot Rates, Too

There may be a 'spillover' effect when kids get other mandated immunizations, study finds

11/3/2016
Injections Might Help Prevent Genital Herpes Transmission for Months: Study

Three-shot regimen seems to control lesions as effectively as daily pills, but wider trials needed

11/2/2016
Anal Cancer Rates Rising in Many Parts of the World

HPV vaccine, safe sex practices would help reverse trend, cancer specialists say

11/1/2016
Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus

Finding should reassure women who get Tdap shot to help protect their infant against whooping cough

11/1/2016
Why You Need a Flu Shot Now

If you do develop influenza, vaccination can soften the blow, doctors say

10/28/2016
Deadly Measles Complication May Be More Common Than Believed

One more reason to get your child vaccinated against the disease, infection experts say

10/24/2016
Polio Nearly Vanquished: CDC

But small pockets of world still have cases of crippling disease, officials add

10/20/2016
Kids 14 and Younger Only Need 2 HPV Vaccine Shots: CDC

But agency's revised guidelines still recommend 3 shots for 15- to 26-year-olds

10/17/2016
Are Fewer Cervical Cancer Screenings Needed After HPV Vaccine?

Less testing could reduce risk of false positives and save money, researchers say

10/14/2016
Zika Infection May Bring Future Immunity: Study

Individuals, and large part of populations, may be protected against future epidemics, scientists say