Latest Immunizations News

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

German lawmakers approve compulsory measles vaccine plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:21 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has passed a law requiring that children who attend school or daycare must be vaccinated for measles. Lawmakers approved the government’s bill Thursday with a majority of 459 in favor, 89 against and 105 abstentions. The law means parents who can't prove their...

10 hospitalized from Oklahoma facility after flu shot mix-up

Nov. 8, 2019 6:41 PM EST

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Ten people at an Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were apparently accidentally injected with what's believed to be insulin rather than flu shots, authorities said. Emergency responders were called Wednesday afternoon to...

Chinese company in vaccine scandal declared bankrupt

Nov. 8, 2019 3:24 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese maker of rabies vaccine that was fined 9.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in a quality scandal that set off a crackdown on the industry said Friday it has been declared bankrupt. Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd., which lost its production licenses last year, said in a statement...

India's worst-hit state for encephalitis turning a tide

Nov. 1, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

GORAKHPUR, India (AP) — Seven-year-old Aryan Singh could have met the same fate as his cousin, who died seven years ago because the nearest hospital was too far. When Aryan returned home from school with a low-grade fever in mid-September, his mother initially dismissed it as seasonal, worrying only when...

Measles saps kids' ability to fight other germs

Oct. 31, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system's memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep. Scientists dubbed the startling findings "immune amnesia." The body can rebuild...

Vaccine shows promise for preventing active TB disease

Oct. 29, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

An experimental vaccine proved 50% effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because protection declined only a little after two years, and even a partially effective vaccine would be a big help against...

UN says 1st local polio case found in Zambia since 1995

Oct. 23, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralyzed by a virus derived from the vaccine. In a report this week, WHO said the case was detected on the border with Congo, which has reported 37 cases of polio traced to...

UN says Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency

Oct. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even though the number of confirmed cases has slowed in recent weeks. The U.N. health agency first declared the epidemic, the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in...

European Medicines Agency recommends licensing Ebola vaccine

Oct. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that the world's first Ebola vaccine be approved, after it was administered to hundreds of thousands of people in Africa. The agency on Friday described licensing the vaccine as "an important step toward relieving the burden of this deadly...