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A chlamydia vaccine has triggered immune responses in an early trial, raising hopes that one day it might help curb the spread of the sexually transmitted infection (STI).

There is currently no vaccine for chlamydia, which is the most common bacterial STI in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

More than 100 measles cases have already been reported in the United States this year, a significant increase over previous years that threatens the country's attempts to eliminate the illness, federal health officials warned Thursday.

A total of 338 measles cases were diagnosed in the United States from January 2020 through March 2024, with 97 of those cases reported in 2024 alone, a n...

A custom-made anti-tumor vaccine added to standard immunotherapy was twice as likely to shrink liver cancer as when a patient received immunotherapy alone, a new study shows.

The vaccine could help liver cancer patients live longer, as fewer than one in 10 survive five years after their diagnosis, the researchers noted.

In fact, about 8% of patients who received the new vaccine had ...

A pancreatic cancer vaccine has continued to protect a small group of patients from their cancer coming back, three years after receiving the jab, a new study says.

Eight patients have not had their pancreatic cancer recur for three years after their immune systems responded to the vaccine, which is called autogene cevumeran, researchers reported Sunday at a meeting of the American Associ...

A new oral vaccine could prove a potential alternative to antibiotics for people with recurring urinary tract infections, a new study says.

More than half of patients with recurring UTIs (54%) wound up infection-free for nine years after receiving the oral spray vaccine, with no notable side effects, researchers report.

“Before having the vaccine, all our participants suffered fro...

Vaccine protection against mpox fades quickly in the human immune system, even in people who've received the full two-dose regimen, a new real-world study shows.

Antibody levels fell to low or near zero within the first few months of getting the vaccine, unless the person had previously received a smallpox vaccine, scientists reported Saturday at the European Congress of Clinical...

Mpox cases are climbing again in the United States, with the number of reported infections now twice as high as they were at this time last year, new government data shows.

In response, public health experts have raised alarms about the increase and stressed that vaccination rates against the disease need to improve.

“This has the potential to become a fairly prevalent infectious ...

New research offers an easy prescription to get people to roll up their sleeves for a flu shot.

Just ask them to. 

And then reinforce the invitation with a little video and print encouragement.

"Our study adds to the growing body of knowledge showing that a number of important public health interventions can and should be delivered to underserved populations in emergency ...

Two of America's leading health organizations are highlighting a global rise in measles cases as yet another reason for families to make sure they get the measles vaccine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association (wh...

As millions of Americans prepare to travel abroad this summer and measles outbreaks increase worldwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tightened its guidance on how travelers should handle the potential health threat.

Americans planning to fly to other countries should consult their doctors at least six weeks before they leave, if they are unsure ...

Real-world data show that a shot that protects babies against RSV is 90% effective in keeping them out of the hospital.

Those numbers outstrip what had been expected of Beyfortus (nirsevimab), which in clinical trials had prevented the need for medical care for RSV infection by 79% and hospitalization by...

The COVID-19 virus can linger in the blood and tissue of patients for more than a year after they've shaken their initial infection, new findings show.

Researchers found pieces of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID, lingering in the blood for up to 14 months and in tissue samples for more than two ye...

There's more evidence bolstering the health effects of both breastfeeding and the COVID booster shot: Vaccinated, breastfeeding moms appear to pass COVID-fighting antibodies to their infants.

That's important, since babies under the age of 6 months aren't eligible for the COVID vaccine.

“We think that breast milk may play an important role in protecting the infants during the fir...

As new outbreaks of measles -- a once nearly eliminated illness in the United States -- continue to emerge, experts remind Americans that there's an easy way to stop infection: Get vaccinated.

"Measles spreads so easily that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not vaccinated or otherwise immune will also become infected," the U.S. Food and Drug Administrat...

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...

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 ...

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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  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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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  • 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...

    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.

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    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.

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    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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  • 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.<...

    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...

    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 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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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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  • 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......

    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 ...

    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.

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    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...

    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<...

    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 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.

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    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,...

    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...

    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

    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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  • 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 ...

    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...