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In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, residents of the Malawi village of Tomali wait to have their young children become test subjects for the world's first vaccine against malaria. Babies in three African nations are getting the first and only vaccine for malaria in a pilot program. World health officials want to see how well the vaccine works in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya before recommending its wider use.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

Jan. 16, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TOMALI, Malawi (AP) — A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history's deadliest and most stubborn of diseases. The southern African nation is rolling out the shots in an unusual pilot program along...

Melissa Koscielniak wears syringes all over her body during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday on legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, as opponents crowd the statehouse grounds with flags and banners, including some reading

Vote on NJ bill to bar certain vaccine exemptions stalled

Jan. 13, 2020 6:53 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers postponed an expected vote on a bill to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren saying they lacked the votes, and leading to raucous cheers from opponents who had encircled the Statehouse with flags, bullhorns and banners. Democratic...

WHO: Death toll from measles outbreak in Congo hits 6,000

Jan. 7, 2020 2:41 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The death toll from a measles epidemic in Congo has surpassed 6,000, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it warned that more funds are needed to save lives during the world's worst outbreak of the infectious disease. Measles has killed nearly three times as many people in...

2 children in Tennessee have died from flu

Jan. 7, 2020 10:48 AM EST

Two children in Tennessee have died from the flu, health officials announced. One death was in Middle Tennessee and the other in East Tennessee, news outlets reported, citing the Tennessee Department of Health. Health officials didn't include any additional information about the children who died, but said the...

This image provided by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a collection of lung scans of 20 monkeys who were exposed to tuberculosis after receiving different forms of a TB vaccine. Monkeys in the top row received skin-deep shots, and those in the bottom row were given intravenous injections. The intravenous vaccine protected far better, as shown by TB-caused inflammation seen in red and yellow. (JoAnne Flynn, Alexander White and Pauline Maiello/Pitt; Mario Roederer/NIAID via AP)

Century-old TB vaccine may work better if given in a new way

Jan. 1, 2020 1:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists think they’ve figured out how to make a century-old tuberculosis vaccine far more protective: Simply give the shot a different way. In a study with monkeys, injecting the vaccine straight into the bloodstream dramatically improved its effectiveness over today's skin-deep...

FILE — In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure, to take effect in 2020, making it harder for industries to treat workers like contractors instead of employees who are entitled to minimum wage and other benefits. Uber, Lyft and DoorDash have said they'll spend $30 million to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot to overturn the law. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California takes lead on laws affecting gig economy, privacy

Dec. 29, 2019 11:42 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s long tradition of advancing nation-leading legislation continues into the new year, with laws reining in the gig economy, boosting online privacy and discouraging shootings by police, among other potential trend-setters. The laws have sent businesses including...

Tennessee county clinics offering free flu vaccinations

Dec. 24, 2019 4:26 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's county health department clinics are offering flu vaccines at no charge. “It's extremely important for young children, the elderly and pregnant women to receive a flu vaccine because they are at the most serious risk for illness or death from influenza,”...

A Pakistani health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed the two policemen on Wednesday who were part of the most recent anti-polio drive in the country's rugged and volatile northwest, officials said. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Gunmen kill 2 policemen escorting polio team in Pakistan

Dec. 18, 2019 5:42 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen in Pakistan shot and killed two policemen on Wednesday who were part of the most recent anti-polio drive in the country's rugged and volatile northwest, officials said. The gunmen opened fire as the policemen were heading on foot to the town of Lower Dir in the Khyber...

Protesters opposed to a bill that would eliminate a religious exemption for vaccines for schoolchildren gather outside the New Jersey state Senate chanting slogans, Monday Dec. 16, 2019, in Trenton, N.J. New Jersey would join California, New York and a handful of other states if the bill becomes law. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

NJ Assembly passes bill to bar religious exemption for shots

Dec. 17, 2019 10:41 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Assembly on Monday passed a measure to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, but the bill stalled in the state Senate as opponents shouted so loudly they drowned out the session. The Democrat-led Assembly passed the bill 45-25, with six...

Doctors end protest to demand flu vaccines for migrants

Dec. 12, 2019 12:56 AM EST

San Diego (AP) — A group of doctors on Wednesday ended a three-day protest against the U.S. government's refusal to allow the flu vaccine be administered to migrants, following the arrests of six demonstrators outside a Border Patrol regional headquarters in San Diego. Dr. Bonnie Arzuaga said Customs and...