Latest Immunizations News

Zimbabwe starts an emergency polio vaccination drive after detecting cases caused by a rare mutation

Feb. 20, 2024 11:50 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe began an emergency campaign to inoculate more than 4 million children against polio on Tuesday after health authorities detected three cases caused by the rare mutation of the weakened virus used in oral vaccines, including a 10-year-old girl who was paralyzed in...

Puerto Rico is entangled in a heated public health debate over vaccines and masks

Feb. 14, 2024 16:23 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A fiery debate over public health and personal rights gripped Puerto Rico this week, intensifying Wednesday when legislators clashed with medical experts. The debate began earlier this month after the administrator of Puerto Rico’s House of...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Feb. 06, 2024 07:23 AM EST

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. January 31, 2024. Editorial: BOE decision has value beyond whether Trump could remain on state’s primary ballot The Illinois State Board of Elections unanimously voted on Tuesday to leave former President Donald Trump on the ballot...

Newest COVID shots are 54% effective in preventing symptoms, CDC finds

Feb. 01, 2024 13:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest versions of COVID-19 vaccines were 54% effective at preventing symptomatic infection in adults, according to the first U.S. study to assess how well the shots work. The shots became available last year and were designed to better protect against more...

Pfizer stays the course on 2024 outlook after delivering better earnings than Wall Street forecast

Jan. 30, 2024 09:34 AM EST

Pfizer turned in a better-than-expected fourth quarter, boosted by products outside the drugmaker’s slumping COVID-19 vaccine and treatment. The New York drugmaker also said Tuesday it's reaffirming its forecast for 2024, a month after surprising Wall Street with an initial outlook...

Millions in the UK are being urged to get vaccinations during a surge in measles cases

Jan. 22, 2024 09:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.K. health officials on Monday urged millions of parents to book their children for missed measles, mumps and rubella shots during a sharp increase in the number of measles cases and the lowest vaccination rates in a decade. The National Health Service is launching a...

Cameroon starts world's first malaria vaccine program for children

Jan. 22, 2024 00:19 AM EST

Cameroon will be the first country to routinely give children a new malaria vaccine as the shots are rolled out in Africa. The campaign due to start Monday was described by officials as a milestone in the decades-long effort to curb the mosquito-spread disease on the continent, which...

How to stay healthy during cold, flu and COVID-19 season

Jan. 19, 2024 17:45 PM EST

Winter is here, inflicting its usual array of symptoms — coughs, nasal congestion, fatigue and fever — and, this year, a new COVID-19 variant is dominating the scoreboard. COVID-19 is leading hospital admissions among the respiratory viruses, according to the U.S. Centers for...

NY midwife who gave kids homeopathic pellets instead of vaccines fined $300K for falsifying records

Jan. 18, 2024 15:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York midwife who gave nearly 1,500 children homeopathic pellets instead of required vaccinations has been fined $300,000, the state's health department announced this week. Jeanette Breen, who operates Baldwin Midwifery on Long Island, administered the pellets...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 18, 2024 07:18 AM EST

Charleston Gazette-Mail. January 12, 2024. Editorial: Has Justice been there for West Virginia? How fitting it was, in an ironic sense, that the first topic Gov. Jim Justice explored during his final State of the State address (after the obligatory 20 minutes of...