Mmmm. How about some flu germs with that stuffing?
November 24, 2010 We are a nation of procrastinators when it comes to getting a flu shot. That leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of respiratory illnesses, thanks to togetherness at Thanksgiving and other holiday times.
A man helps his dengue fever-stricken daughter in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In June, Honduran authorities declared a state of emergency due to the high rate of dengue cases reported around the country.
November 13, 2010 Drug giant Sanofi-Aventis is moving ahead with a big clinical test of a vaccine that could protect people against the four main types of dengue fever. The results, if positive, could pave the way for regulatory approval in a few years.
People distribute potable water near a tent city in Port-au-Prince. Officials say a vaccine would do little to prevent more cases of cholera there.
October 28, 2010 Vaccines can give up to 90 percent protection against cholera – at least in the short term. But don't expect them to get widespread use in Haiti to contain the current cholera epidemic.
October 13, 2010 The vaccination rate for measles, mumps and rubella fell about 3 percentage points for 2-year-olds in 2009. Insurers said paranoia about side effects are to blame for the decline. Still, more than 90 percent of the children got MMR shots.
Are you in or out for a flu shot?
October 7, 2010 Most American know they should get a flu shot but many aren't planning on it. Some think they can avoid getting sick without vaccination. Others worry about side effects. Public health authorities advise people to drop the excuses and get protected.
Get a flu shot, while it's hot.
July 30, 2010 Flu season is in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere, with H1N1 the predominant strain in Australia and New Zealand. No one's predicting what our season will look like just yet.
July 26, 2010 California is on track to have the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 50 years. Gaps in vaccination have allowed the infectious disease to spread.
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July 23, 2010 Vaccines against a virus that causes cervical cancer could help prevent cancer of the throat. But the makers of two vaccines haven't shown much interest in pursuing the work.
July 19, 2010 Get a patch in the mail, stick it on your skin, then throw it out when you're done. That's how some researchers envision the future of vaccinations.
July 9, 2010 For World Cup attendees, blowing into the vuvuzela or hearing too much of it may be the least of your health concerns.
July 7, 2010 Clinton created The National Bioethics Advisory Commission, Bush created the President's Council on Bioethics.
July 1, 2010 Some 40 million unused doses of swine flu vaccine have expired and are about be destroyed.
June 28, 2010 A vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox increases the odds for a fever-related seizure in young kids, but the risk is still very low.
June 28, 2010 Immunization of people against whooping cough is necessary to reduce the risk of infection for babies.
June 24, 2010 An epidemic of pertussis has emerged in California, where five infants have died from the infectious cough already this year.
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