News cycles and vaccine development cycles are never in sync. While pandemic-inspired headlines may dominate the news for weeks or months, it takes years to develop a new vaccine.
Remember, HPV vaccination is effective only if given before an individual is exposed to HPV. Providing the vaccine before a child becomes sexually active insures long-term protection against life-threatening HPV-related cancer later in life.
With more and more parents choosing not to vaccinate their children these days, one Los Angeles area doctor has taken a unique approach in curbing the spread of some of these highly-infectious and life-threatening illnesses.
But, according to the WHO, the Olympics will "not significantly alter" the spread of Zika as it will be held during the winter months when the mosquito responsible for spreading the virus is less active:
Sibongile Walaza, University of the Witwatersrand Influenza, mor...
An ideal HIV vaccine would provide a cost-effective HIV prevention strategy that would have a easier access and adherence for many people than other prevention interventions while also providing long-term protection. And science is bringing us closer to that possibility.
By: Garba Abdu It has been a long time coming, but when the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declares Africa polio-free, our challenges may...
It should not be a surprise that the long treatment journey for MDR-TB makes it difficult for patients to continue to successful completion. One in five patients currently interrupts their treatment or are lost to follow up in health services, while for one in ten patients treatment fails.
In countries with little health infrastructure, parents confront a terrifying reality that I can't imagine as an American mother -- diseases such as measles, tetanus, and pneumonia that can kill children or disable them for a lifetime. And, all too often, that's just what happens.
Four score and seven years ago, my mother was born into an America swarming with pathogens. Many were simply known as diseases of childhood; not all c...
As World Immunization Week comes to a close today, it is an opportune time to reflect on the progress made to date with vaccine preventable illnesses....
The outbreak in Angola started in the capital city Luanda in December, and although the number of cases seem to be going down in Luanda, the outbreak has spread to 16 out of Angola's 18 provinces.
This week is World Immunization Week and what better way to commemorate it than by discussing the facts about vaccines and the importance of herd immunity.
During the last two centuries, vaccines have eradicated smallpox, reduced global child mortality rates, and prevented countless birth defects and lifelong disabilities, such as paralysis from polio.
In celebration of World Immunization Week, this short video shows us the experience of polio through the eyes of a polio survivor and one of the world's foremost polio experts, Stephen Cochi.
I'm sharing this with her permission and after careful consideration. She knows that kids will find out and they will tease her but she thinks it's more important that people understand her and are more aware of what autism looks like in girls.