Latest Immunizations News

US adds another option for fall COVID vaccination with updated Novavax shots

Oct. 03, 2023 16:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday authorized another option for fall COVID-19 vaccination, updated shots made by Novavax. Updated vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna began rolling out last month, intended for adults and children as young as age 6 months. Now the Food and...

UN authorizes a second malaria vaccine. Experts warn it's not enough to stop the disease spreading

Oct. 03, 2023 15:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization authorized a second malaria vaccine on Monday, a decision that could offer countries a cheaper and a more readily available option than the world's first shot against the parasitic disease. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Oct. 03, 2023 07:17 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. September 28, 2023. Editorial: Bearish on Illinois, Portillo’s takes Italian beef to the Sun Belt The first season of “The Bear,” a Hulu TV series about life behind the counter at a Chicago beef stand, gave the rest of the country an appetite...

Karikó and Weissman win Nobel Prize in medicine for work that enabled mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

Oct. 02, 2023 15:51 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries that enabled the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 that were critical in slowing the pandemic — technology that's also being studied to fight cancer and other diseases. ...

Years of research laid the groundwork for speedy COVID-19 shots

Oct. 02, 2023 12:29 PM EDT

The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded Monday to two scientists whose work led to the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. As countries prepared to roll out those shots, The Associated Press took a look at how the vaccines were developed so quickly. Below follows the original story,...

Parents in Pakistan could face prison time for not vaccinating their kids against polio

Oct. 02, 2023 11:47 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in one Pakistan province are turning to a controversial new tactic in the decades-long initiative to wipe out polio: prison. Last month, the government in Sindh introduced a bill that would imprison parents for up to one month if they fail to...

Pakistan launches anti-polio vaccine drive targeting 44M children amid tight security

Oct. 02, 2023 06:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan launched its second nationwide anti-polio campaign of the year Monday in an effort to inoculate 44 million children under the age of 5 amid signs the country was close to eradicating the disease. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul-Haq-Kakar launched the...

Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for enabling development of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

Oct. 02, 2023 05:49 AM EDT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman for enabling development of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

What to know as fall vaccinations against COVID, flu and RSV get underway

Sep. 29, 2023 13:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Updated COVID-19 vaccines may be getting a little easier for adults to find but they’re still frustratingly scarce for young children. Health officials said Thursday the kid shots have started shipping — and reminded most everyone to get a fall flu shot too. ...

A hard-right party gathers strength in Poland, pushing a new, less friendly course on Ukraine

Sep. 27, 2023 05:27 AM EDT

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Poland’s hard-right Confederation party opened its electoral campaign convention as if it were a rock concert, with a singer riding up on a motorcycle, its engine revving, and a pyrotechnic show of flames and sparklers. The party has been growing in...