April 5, 2010 An unchecked measles epidemic is on the rampage in the beleaguered south African nation of Zimbabwe. Christian religious sects that shun vaccination and a badly degraded health system are abetting the virus' spread.
March 10, 2010 Researchers studying isolated communities in Canada showed that immunizing children against influenza lowered flu rates among unvaccinated adults by 60 percent.
March 2, 2010 A national survey of parents found more than 1 in 10 had refused a vaccine over worries about safety. Twenty-five percent agreed with the proposition that "some vaccines cause autism in healthy children." Researchers conclude better communication ...
February 18, 2010 Swine flu cases are dropping, and a look back shows the flu season was milder than expected. Public health authorities are already picking the ingredients for next season's flu vaccine.
February 5, 2010 Despite the government's full-court press to get Americans vaccinated against swine flu, only about 21 percent of adults have been immunized. About 40 percent of children, at higher risk for the illness, got shots or spray.
February 5, 2010 Immunization against some common diseases can go a long way toward protecting older people from serious health problems. But a look at national vaccination rates shows lots of room for improvement.
February 3, 2010 When scientific facts are complicated or unclear, our emotional instincts can overwhelm logic. An expert on risk perception and communication takes a look at lessons from a discredited study that raised fears about autism and vaccines.
February 2, 2010 A flawed scientific study that fueled a backlash against vaccination is being withdrawn 12 years after it was published. Parts of the paper were found to be "incorrect."
Bill and Melinda Gates in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010.
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January 29, 2010 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that it plans to more then double its spending on vaccine development and deployment over the next decade with a $10 billion investment. Bill Gates tells NPR the reason is that vaccines have "b...
A syringe and vials of swine flu vaccine at a hospital in Essen, Germany, last year.
January 13, 2010 Who's on the hook to pay for swine flu vaccine still in the pipeline? Is it the governments, which pushed vaccine makers to stretch their capacity to the limit last summer? Or will it be the companies that took a gamble they'd be compensated for a...
December 21, 2009 Gerberding, an infectious disease specialist, made her name as a physician in the early days of HIV/AIDS. She came to the CDC in 1998, and was credited with smoothly handling the media after the mysterious anthrax attacks that followed the World T...
December 9, 2009 Despite repeated government calls to "Get yer flu shots," the same number of Americans stepped up to get seasonal flu shots this year as last — about a third of all adults.
October 26, 2009 Overly optimistic projections and a slew of manufacturing problems have led to disappointment on vaccine against the new H1N1 virus.
October 23, 2009 Persistent shortages of swine flu vaccine are taxing the patience of worried people and triggering criticism of the government's response to the pandemic.
October 7, 2009 Inadequate supplies of the seasonal flu vaccine and a shift to swine flu vaccination has led to cancellation of some clinics.
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