Latest Immunizations News

Germany introducing mandatory measles vaccination for kids

Jul. 17, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is proposing a measure to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved the plan Wednesday, noting the number of measles infections has risen significantly in recent years....

Congo tracing contacts of first Ebola case in eastern city

Jul. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — After feeling sick for several days the pastor boarded a bus to eastern Congo's largest city. Only upon arrival at his destination did anyone suspect he had the highly deadly and infectious Ebola virus. During his trip to Goma, the 46-year-old preacher managed to pass through three...

Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in city of Goma

Jul. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Congolese health ministry confirmed an Ebola case in Goma late Sunday, marking the first time the virus has reached the city of more than 2 million people along the border with Rwanda since the epidemic began nearly a year ago. The health ministry said the man who had arrived earlier...

NY judge won't block ban on religious vaccine exemption

Jul. 12, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A judge in New York has refused to block a state law repealing a religious exemption to vaccine mandates. Lawyers representing 55 families in New York filed a lawsuit this week hoping to restore the exemption, which lawmakers eliminated this year in the face of the nation's worst...

Seattle-area health department expands vaccination program

Jul. 11, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-area public health officials say they are expanding their hepatitis A vaccination program to help prevent an outbreak of the highly contagious disease among people who are homeless. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle and King County health department announced Wednesday a $375,000...

Parents sue after New York nixes religious vaccine exemption

Jul. 10, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., argue that state lawmakers violated the religious rights of parents when they repealed the exemption...

Kansas in shrinking minority of states without measles cases

Jul. 6, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The national measles outbreak has not hit Kansas yet, but it has come close with cases reported in neighboring Oklahoma, Missouri and Colorado. Kansas health officials say they think a case in Kansas looks nearly inevitable given that more than 1,000 measles cases have been reported...

California investigates doctors over vaccination exemptions

Jul. 2, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper reports the Medical Board of California is investigating at least four physicians for issuing questionable medical exemptions to children whose parents did not want them immunized. The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday cites documents that show investigators have sought...

Kentucky students lose appeal in chickenpox vaccination case

Jul. 1, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than two dozen Catholic school students and their parents have lost their initial appeal in challenging a Kentucky health department's efforts to control a chickenpox outbreak they claim infringed on their religious beliefs. A three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals...

Health department will get $11.3M for kids' vaccine programs

Jun. 30, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says Rhode Island's health department will receive $11.3 million in federal funding over five years for immunization and vaccine programs for children. The Rhode Island Democrat says the state should expect to get nearly $2.3 million of that funding this year...