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23 May

Parent Concerns about HPV Vaccine Safety Growing, Study Finds

More than 1 out of 4 parents remain reluctant to vaccinate their preteens against HPV despite growing evidence of the vaccine’s safety, researchers say.

20 Apr

Science May Be One Step Closer to Universal Flu Vaccine

Experimental flu vaccine may ward off multiple strains of the virus for a longer period of time, study finds.

08 Mar

A Small Study Sheds Doubt on Some Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines

People who reported allergic reactions to their COVID vaccine may have actually experienced symptoms that mimic allergic reactions, researchers say.

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Changes in Gay Men's Behaviors, Not Vaccine, Halted Mpox Outbreak

New research finds the 2022 mpox outbreak among gay and bisexual men began to slow down after just a few months -- even though just 8% of high-risk people had received the mpox vaccine.

That suggests that it was changes in gay and bisexual men's sexual behaviors, not the vaccine, that caused the outbreak to subside, researchers concluded.

"Once the mpox epidemic was recognized, beha...

CDC Experts Recommend Seniors Get Another COVID Shot

Even if they got a COVID booster last fall, American seniors should still get a second shot this spring to best protect themselves, U.S. health officials recommended Wednesday.

The latest guidance, voted on by a vaccine advisory panel and endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that a second booster is fine as long as at least four months have passed since ...

What Is Measles, and How Can I Shield Myself & My Family?

Once thought to be a bygone disease, measles is making a comeback in the United States and globally as folks shun a safe, surefire way to prevent it: The measles vaccine.

But what is measles, and how easily does it spread? Drs. Aaron Milstone and

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  • February 28, 2024
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  • Which Families Are Less Likely to Get Teens the HPV Vaccine?

    Well-to-do American families are more likely than poorer families to increase their children's risk of cervical cancer by skipping the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, a new study has found.

    Nearly two-thirds of well-off parents (65%) do not intend to seek out the HPV vaccine for their teens, compared with 40% of disadvantaged parents, researchers report.

    “Parents from socioeco...

    Florida Surgeon General Defies CDC Guidance Amid School Measles Outbreak

    Amid an outbreak of measles at a Florida elementary school, the state's surgeon general has defied federal health guidance and told parents it's up to them whether they want to keep their unvaccinated child home to avoid infection.

    In a letter to parents of children attendin...

    CDC May Recommend COVID Boosters for Some This Spring

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is weighing whether to recommend another COVID booster shot this spring, most likely for those who are vulnerable to severe illness.

    An advisory panel to the CDC is expected to vote on whether to recommend a spring booster during a ...

    Wrong RSV Shots Given to Some Pregnant Women, Young Kids

    More than two dozen toddlers and at least 128 pregnant women received RSV vaccines they should not have gotten, U.S. health officials say.

    The mixup, reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, follows approval this winter of two vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The virus is p...

    Americans Have One Trusted Source for Info on COVID Vaccines

    A doctor or nurse might be the only person capable of convincing a vaccine-hesitant person to get the COVID jab, a new study shows.

    Those who trust the medical profession are most likely to get vaccinated against COVID, despite their initial hesitancy or resistance, according to a study published recently in the journal

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  • February 8, 2024
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  • High-Risk Strains of HPV Could Raise Women's Odds for Heart Death

    Women are four times more likely to die from heart disease and six times more likely to die from stroke if infected with a high-risk strain of human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study warns.

    HPV already is known to cause most cervical cancers, and previous research has suggested that HPV infection might contribute to clogged arteries.

    But this is the first study to draw a link betwee...

    More Evidence COVID Shot in Pregnancy Is Safe, Healthy for Babies

    The COVID-19 vaccine given to pregnant women does no harm to their unborn babies, and can actually lower the risk of serious complications in newborns, a new study finds.

    Babies born to women who received the COVID vaccine had half the death rate of those born to unvaccinated moms, according to findings published Feb. 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


    Vaccines May Work Better if Arms Are Alternated for Each Shot

    When getting vaccines, switching arms for each dose may produce greater immunity than having the jabs delivered into the same arm.

    That's the finding from a new study that looked at the first two doses of COVID vaccines. Those who alternated arms showed a small increase in immunity over those who got both shots in the same arm.


    Latest COVID Vaccine Shields Against Current Dominant Strain

    In some good news for those folks who rolled up their sleeves for the latest COVID vaccine last fall, new government research shows the updated shots halve the chances of getting a symptomatic infection.

    “Everything from this study is reassuring that the vaccines are providing the protection that we expected,” study author

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  • February 2, 2024
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  • Study Looks at COVID Threat to Folks With Weakened Immune Systems

    It's long been known that people with immune deficiencies are at increased risk for severe COVID.

    But a new study shows the threat varies dramatically based on how severe that immune suppression is and the reason behind it, researchers report in the Jan. 24 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.<...

    Cervical Cancer Rates Are on the Rise Among the Poor

    Women in poorer areas of the United States have experienced a dramatic increase in advanced cervical cancer, a new study shows.

    Late-stage cervical cancer cases and deaths have gone up in U.S. counties with an average household income of between $19,330 and $38,820, researchers report Jan. 25 in the International Jour...

    Single Dose of New Typhoid Vaccine Protects Kids Long-Term

    While largely eliminated in more affluent nations, typhoid remains a deadly scourge in developing countries, killing more than 110,000 children every year.

    Children in endemic areas -- mainly sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia -- have new reason to hope, however, with the advent of a one-shot vaccine that appears to provide long-term protection against the typhoid bacterium.

    The ...

    Vaccination Cuts Odds for Long COVID in Kids

    Vaccination can protect young people -- particularly teenagers-- against long COVID, a new study finds.

    Records of more than 1 million U.S. kids showed that the COVID jab can effectively shield kids from long-term health problems related to the infection, according to findings published Jan. 16 in the journal Pediatrics.

    Using electronic health data from 17 U.S. health syst...

    A 'Universal' COVID Vaccine Could Save Billions If Another Pandemic Strikes

    A universal coronavirus vaccine could have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars if one had been available prior to the pandemic, a new study argues.

    Further, a universal vaccine -- one that targets parts of the virus common to all coronaviruses -- could still be a game-changer in the future, researchers say.

    But that's only possible if one is developed before another vari...

    COVID Can Threaten Sickle Cell Patients, But Too Few Are Vaccinated

    Sickle cell disease is one of many chronic health conditions that dramatically increases the risk of hospitalization and death in people infected by COVID-19.

    Unfortunately, folks with sickle cell disease are much less likely to have received the best protection available to them -- a COVID vaccine.

    Completion of the initial two-dose COVID vaccination series is nearly two times lowe...

    Could Antibody Discovery Lead to Better Flu Vaccines?

    Researchers appear to have discovered a new weapon in the war on a particularly difficult foe.

    They have identified a previously unrecognized class of antibodies that seem to be capable of neutralizing multiple strains of the flu virus.

    Their findings, recently reported in the journal PLOS Biolog...

    JN.1 Variant Now Behind Nearly Half of U.S. COVID Cases

    As Americans travel far and wide to see family and friends this holiday season, a new COVID variant named JN.1 has become dominant across the country.

    A descendant of the variant BA.2.86, JN.1 now accounts for 44 percent of COVID cases, up from roughly 7 percent in late November, the latest data from the U.S. Cent...

    Anti-Vaxxers More Likely to Skip Vaccinating Their Pets, Survey Finds

    People whose beliefs or concerns make them hesitant to get vaccinated are also likely to forgo vaccinating their pets, new research shows.

    That could threaten the health of people and their four-legged friends, researchers said.

    “Decreasing pet vaccination rates pose challenges to society for a number of reasons, including increased incidents of pet disease and death, increases in...

    WHO Declares JN.1 a COVID Variant of Interest as It Spreads Widely

    The new COVID variant known as JN.1 was named a "variant of interest" by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, which means health officials are now closely tracking its rapid spread across the globe.

    So far, the highly mutated variant has not been shown to trigger more severe illness than previous incarnations of the coronavirus. Still, it is spreading faster than its ancestor, the BA...

    Most U.S. Parents Plan to Vaccinate Kids Against Flu, RSV: Survey

    Most parents plan to have their kids vaccinated against influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), even as COVID-19 vaccine acceptance flags, a new poll finds.

    Seven in 10 parents (71%) plan to have their children get an RSV jab and six in 10 (63%) plan to get their kids the flu vaccine, according to poll results published recently in the journal

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  • December 18, 2023
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  • New Melanoma Treatment Vaccine Shows Promise in Trial

    A new melanoma vaccine has shown its mettle in battling the deadly skin cancer in a new trial.

    People with advanced melanomas who received the vaccine plus Merck's cancer drug Keytruda were 49% less likely to die or have their cancer return after three years than those who were given only Keytruda, vaccine maker Moderna Inc. announced Friday.

    "Importantly for this technology, the......

    Too Few Americans Are Getting Vaccinated for Flu, COVID & RSV, CDC Warns

    Low vaccination rates for the flu, RSV and COVID-19 are putting Americans at higher risk for severe illness and hospitalization this winter, a new government alert warned Thursday.

    There is an “urgent need” to boost vaccination rates as the trio of viruses spread through the country, the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said.

    “Low vaccination rates, coupled with ...

    As Congo Outbreak Continues, Study Finds Low-Dose Mpox Vaccine Still Offers Protection

    Mpox is making headlines again, as an outbreak of severe disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa has infected thousands of people and killed hundreds.

    Amid this worrying scenario, researchers at New York University (NYU) offer a glimmer of good news: Smaller doses of the mpox vaccine Jynneos, given in a different way, still offer good protection against the infection.


    Respiratory Illnesses in China Not Caused by New Virus, CDC Director Testifies

    FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2023 (Healthday News) -- In testimony provided Thursday to members of Congress, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a surge in respiratory illnesses in China is not being fueled by a new virus.

    Instead, the spike can be linked to existing viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19, the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Mycop...

    New COVID Variant Takes Hold in the United States

    TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The prevalence of a highly mutated COVID variant has tripled in the past two weeks, new government data shows.

    Now, nearly 1 in 10 new COVID cases are fueled by the BA.2.86 variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported<...

    CDC to Release Infants' RSV Shots to Help Ease Shortage

    To address a continuing nationwide shortage, more than 77,000 doses of RSV shots for infants were released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The additional doses are of Beyfortus, a long-acting monoclonal antibody designed to protect infants too young for vaccination against RSV.

    They will be distributed immedi...

    Measles Cases Surge Worldwide, Killing 136,000 Last Year

    Measles deaths are surging worldwide, prompted by a wave of infections among unvaccinated children, public health experts say.

    Deaths from measles increased by 43% globally in 2022 compared to the year before, resulting from an 18% increase in measles cases, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say in a new report published Thursday.


    Childhood Vaccine Exemptons Hit Highest Level Yet: CDC

    FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- In a sign that suggests many American parents have become dubious about the safety of childhood vaccines, new government data shows that immunization exemptions for kindergartners have reached their highest levels ever.

    The latest statistics continue a decline in routine vaccinations for kids that increases the risk for highly contagious diseases,...

    FDA Approves First Vaccine for Chikungunya Virus

    FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The first vaccine to prevent infection with the chikungunya virus was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

    The single-dose shot, known as Ixchiq, is approved for adults who are at increased risk of exposure to the virus.

    “Infection with chikungunya virus can lead to severe disease and prolonged health problems, pa...

    Best Way to Prevent Cervical Cancers: Immunize Boys Against HPV, Too

    The best way to prevent cervical cancer in women is to give HPV vaccines to both boys and girls, a new study argues.

    That way, herd immunity could help eradicate the cancer-causing virus, researchers say.

    Cancer-related HPV strains declined significantly in Finnish towns where boys and girls both received the vaccine, according to findings published Nov. 8 in the journal

    COVID Vaccine Won't Raise Miscarriage Risk

    A new study provides deeper insight into the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people planning to become pregnant.

    Boston University researchers found no increased risk of early or late-term miscarriage resulting from either the male or the female partner getting a COVID-19 vaccination prior to conceiving.

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  • November 7, 2023
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  • At-Home, Inhaled Flu Vaccine Could Be on Horizon

    Getting a yearly flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from infection or severe illness, but not everyone likes shots.

    Now, there is some potentially good news for those who fear needles: A nasal spray flu vaccine that you can take or give at home is on the horizon.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing an application for the at-home use of a nasal spray ...

    Just 7% of U.S. Adults Have Gotten Updated COVID Vaccine

    Fewer Americans are rolling up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 shot, leading health experts to call for a stepped-up vaccination campaign.

    Only 7% of adults and 2% of children in the United States have received the new vaccine, a nationwide survey conducted two weeks ago revealed.

    Experts expressed dismay at the numbers -- which were presented Thursday at a meeting held by th...

    Improved Meningitis Vaccine May Be On the Way

    A new vaccine recommended Wednesday by independent advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could provide more comprehensive protection from meningitis.

    The shot would protect against five types of bacteria causing meningococcal disease, one more than now covered in a single vaccine, CNN reported.

    The CDC is weighing the advisers' recommendation.


    CDC Advisors Say High-Risk Men Should Still Get MPox Vaccine

    High-risk men should still get their mpox vaccinations even after the ongoing outbreak ends, advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday.

    That vulnerable group includes men who have sex with men; people who have more than one sexual partner; those who have recently had a sexually transmitted disease; and people who are at higher risk for infection...

    Shortage of Shots That Protect Babies Against RSV Prompts CDC Alert

    Demand for a new shot that protects babies against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has outpaced supply, prompting U.S. health officials to recommend the doses be saved for high-risk infants.

    In an alert posted Monday afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said nirsevimab (Beyfortus) should be reserved ...

    Pandemic Didn't Lower Parents' Trust in Childhood Vaccines

    Lots of vaccine disinformation spread during the pandemic, and doctors worried that may have given some parents pause about not only the risks of the COVID shot, but of childhood vaccines as well.

    Now, new research puts that worry to rest.

    “We did not see a significant increase in parents who are hesitant toward routine childhood vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to b...

    Getting COVID Raises Odds for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Vaccination Lowers Risk

    COVID infection can raise the risk of a rare immune system attack on the body's nerves -- but vaccination might protect against it, a large new study suggests.

    The study, of more than 3 million Israeli adults and teenagers, found that COVID infection was linked to a substantially increased risk of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome in the next six weeks.

    GBS is a rare condition wher...

    More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID Shots

    Following a rocky rollout, more than 7 million Americans have now gotten the newly updated COVID vaccines.

    Unfortunately, that's still lagging behind the number who sought booster shots last fall. For the the first updated boosters, 18 million people had received their shots by the same time last year,

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  • October 13, 2023
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  • Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

    New research points to the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine delivered through the nose.

    The phase 1 clinical trial showed that the product, administered nasally in two doses, delivered a significant immune response to multiple COVID variants.

    Called CoviLiv, the vaccine was tested as a primary vaccination series on healthy adults before development of the mRNA vaccines that are now a...

    Flu Shot Season Is Here: Why You (and Your Kids) Need One

    It's time to get the flu shot.

    They're important not just for adults, but also for children, and keeping the whole family safe, according to an expert in pediatrics.

    “You never know how bad a flu season will be,” said Dr. Mona Patel, attending physician in the department of general pediatrics at Children'...

    CDC Stops Issuing New COVID Vaccination Cards

    Wallet-friendly cards showing proof of COVID vaccinations served a purpose early in the pandemic, but they're on their way out.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stopped printing the cards, likely changing how people track their shots in the future.

    The cards people have ...

    In Early Trial, Promising Results for Moderna's Combo COVID-Flu Vaccine

    Moderna Inc. announced Wednesday that it has seen positive early results with a new vaccine that would guard against four strains of flu plus COVID-19.

    In interim findings from a Phase 1/2 trial, the vaccine showed both a strong immune response compared to the standard dose of flu vaccine in adults aged 50 to 64 and an enhanced flu shot in people aged 65 to 79. It also showed a strong res...

    Why So Many Americans Aren't Getting COVID Boosters

    More than 80% of eligible Americans did not get a COVID-19 booster shot last fall. Now, a new study reveals the reasons for the hesitation.

    Nearly 40% of survey participants said a prior COVID-19 infection factored into their decision to not get the booster. Another 31.5% were worried about side effects. And an additional 28% didn't think a booster would provide extra protection, while 23...

    FDA Approves Updated Novavax COVID Vaccine

    Federal regulators on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to an updated Novavax COVID vaccine, giving Americans a more traditional alternative to two recently revamped mRNA vaccines.

    Adolescents and adults who have previously received a COVID vaccine, but who haven't gotten the newly updated Pfizer or Moderna shots, now have this non-mRNA choice.

    "The COVID-19 vaccines have saved countles...

    Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to COVID Vaccine Pioneers

    This year's Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to two scientists who laid the groundwork years ago for the mRNA research that made COVID-19 vaccines possible.

    Dr. Katalin Karikó, the 13th woman to ever receive the honor, and

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  • October 2, 2023
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  • Biden Administration Says Insurance Issues With COVID Shots Mostly Fixed

    Despite reports of trouble last week where some people may have been denied insurance coverage while seeking COVID shots at pharmacies, the Biden administration said Thursday those issues have been ironed out.

    That issue is "largely, if not completely," resolved after U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Secretary

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