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...

Unvaccinated students unenroll from school due to outbreak

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nineteen unvaccinated students were forced to temporarily unenroll from a Reno high school to avoid exposure during an outbreak of whooping cough. Unenrolling during the disease’s 21-day incubation period allows the Damonte Ranch High School students to avoid being classified as...

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...

Florida's hepatitis A outbreak prompts vaccine push

Nov. 10, 2019 11:51 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay area has been hit especially hard by hepatitis A cases this year. The region has led the state this year with 466 new hepatitis A cases in Pasco County, 369 in Pinellas County and 145 in Hillsborough. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Pinellas health officials were...

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...

County offers vaccinations after hepatitis scare

Nov. 6, 2019 6:01 AM EST

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Somerset County is offering free hepatitis A vaccinations after a deli worker at a supermarket was found to have the virus. The vaccinations will be given at the county health department from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Officials say the Somerville ShopRite was...

Louisiana holding free flu shot events around the state

Nov. 3, 2019 11:05 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department is holding one-day flu vaccination clinics around the state where people can get free flu shots. The free flu shot events began in October and are continuing this month. A full list of locations, dates and times is available online. Events are open to...

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...