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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5/24/2017
2 Doses of HPV Shot Enough to Prevent Genital Warts: Study

Findings back up new CDC recommendations for kids

5/18/2017
HPV Vaccine May Also Prevent Cancers Affecting Men

Study finds the cervical cancer vaccine cuts infection for viruses tied to oral, head and neck cancers

5/18/2017
Another Step Toward Ebola Protection

Discovery of critical human antibodies may put scientists closer to new vaccines, treatments

5/15/2017
Many U.S. Travelers Skip Measles Shots, Despite Infection Risk

Though the disease was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, foreign travel can still bring it home today

5/10/2017
'Groundbreaking Strides' Made in Zika Vaccine Research

But human protection is still years away, researcher says

4/28/2017
U.S. Moves to Avert Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine

Brazil outbreak of mosquito-borne illness has officials worried, and transmission to U.S. is possible

4/27/2017
Are Kids' Vaccines a Victim of Their Own Success?

The shots have cut disease rates so low that some parents underestimate the threat, doctors say

4/17/2017
When Parents Get Vaccinated, Their Kids Do Too

Flu shot study showed that healthy vaccination practices may run in the family

4/14/2017
Flu Season All But Over in U.S.

In a twist, the middle-aged were among those hardest hit, CDC says

4/14/2017
Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study

Combo therapy may also extend survival of glioblastoma patients, but more research needed

4/6/2017
A Surprising Culprit Behind Celiac Disease?

Study suggests harmless viruses may set stage for immune system response to the grain protein gluten

4/6/2017
4 in 10 U.S. Adults Under 60 Carry HPV

But vaccine should turn the tide against virus that can cause cancer, sexual health expert says

4/3/2017
Most U.S. Kids Who Die From Flu Are Unvaccinated

Researchers estimate about two-thirds of pediatric deaths could be prevented by flu shot

4/3/2017
Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

Benefit is dramatic for newborns who are too young to be vaccinated, researchers say

4/3/2017
Flu Vaccine Effective?

Flu vaccine decreases risk of death in children and adolescents, study finds.

3/29/2017
Got the HPV Vaccine Before You Knew You Were Pregnant? Don't Worry

Accidental exposure after conception isn't linked to risks for baby, researchers say

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