Latest Immunizations News

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...

Residents to vote on new state law on vaccine exemptions

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents will decide the fate of a new state law that eliminates religious and philosophical exemption for childhood vaccines in the state. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Thursday that voters will take to the ballot box on the issue in March 2020. The announcement...

A third of Kentucky students haven't had Hepatitis A vaccine

Oct. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health says more than a third of students haven't received the mandated Hepatitis A vaccination. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports immunization rates released Tuesday show about 65% of the 209,904 mandated students have received the shot. The...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The East Oregonian, Oct. 15, on getting flu shots: Imagine if every year the U.S. military suffered thousands of causalities in some foreign conflict. It is a difficult and chilling scenario. Fortunately, no such war exists, but every year seasonal flu and its...

Scrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schools

Oct. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son, Thorn, and until recently his local public school went along with their family doctor's advice. That changed, the Schwartzes said, when New York state did away with religious...

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit Banerjee...

Utah health officials issue reminder to get flu vaccination

Oct. 14, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials are issuing a reminder for people to get the flu vaccine. KUTV in Salt Lake City reported Monday that the Utah Department of Health has found four patients have been hospitalized due to influenza. The agency recommends anyone age 6 months or older get the vaccine...

Chicago health officials urge flu vaccinations this fall

Oct. 12, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago public health officials are encouraging residents to get a flu shot before the end of October. Chicago Department of Public Health acting director Allison Arwady says getting vaccinated before the end of the month is the best way to protect yourself and others during flu season. The...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT We need to stop calling the pattern of sex abuse in the Catholic Church a travesty. It was a criminal conspiracy and the state hasn't done enough to hold the guilty accountable. Hartford Courant Oct. 6 The latest revelations about sexual abuse aren't new but they...