September 13, 2011 The American Academy of Pediatrics said there is no validity to statements that a vaccine against cervical cancer is dangerous and can lead to mental retardation.
September 8, 2011 Two doses of the HPV vaccine may be enough to protect women against the virus that causes cervical cancer, according to a new study. After four years, women who had just one or two shots had the same infection rate as women who had three shots. That could increase the number of women protected.
August 25, 2011 Autism isn't linked to childhood vaccines, according to a new review from the Institute of Medicine, but vaccines aren't free of risks. The committee found that most serious health problems were linked to two live vaccines, the ones for measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox. Other vaccines causes allergic reactions in some people.
July 25, 2011 Death from chicken pox is exceedingly rare these days. But the one-dose vaccine doesn't provide lifelong protection from chicken pox, so public health experts now recommend two doses.
July 25, 2011 Researchers say that anti-vaccination groups have new levels of global reach and influence, thanks in part to the Internet and social networking. The researchers are hoping to detect vaccine fears early on with a new alert system, in hopes of preventing vaccine boycotts and other problems.
May 24, 2011 The U.S. has argued supplies of smallpox virus are needed for development of better vaccines and treatments. The biggest fear is not a natural outbreak but an act of bioterrorism.
May 16, 2011 Member states of the World Health Organization are expected to decide whether to destroy the last remaining stocks of smallpox virus on the planet. A decison
April 25, 2011 Coming up with vaccine against malaria has proven to be exceedingly difficult. Dutch researchers have found some small success by "vaccinating" people with mosquito bites.
April 18, 2011 Vaccine manufacturers committed to setting aside at least 10 percent of the world's flu vaccine production for developing nations when the next flu pandemic strikes. Poorer countries would either get vaccine free or pay reduced prices for it.
March 25, 2011 Zostavax, a vaccine against shingles, is now approved for people 50 to 59 years old. The vaccine, given in a single shot, was previously for use in people 60 years and older.
February 22, 2011 In a closely watched case, the high court ruled 6-2 that federal law shields vaccine makers from suits filed in state courts seeking compensation for injuries or deaths allegedly due to design problems with the vaccines.
January 31, 2011 Philanthropist Bill Gates says the time is now for the world to redouble efforts to eliminate polio by funding efforts to vaccinate vulnerable people against the disease. An international initiative to wipe out the disease faces a $720 million budget shortfall.
January 21, 2011 FDA says there have been 42 cases of febrile seizures in young children after Fluzone shots as of Dec. 13. The findings are preliminary, and federal officials are looking to see if the vaccine is to blame or something else is going on.
January 19, 2011 British researchers have inserted a gene into chickens that blocks flu viruses from replicating and spreading to humans. But it could take years before these genetically modified birds end up on your plate.
January 12, 2011 A second article in a series on medical research that fanned fears about a link between autism and measles vaccine lays out evidence that business interests influenced the work.