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...

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...

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...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 28, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: High school yearbook photos prove Democratic presidential candidate...

Health panel: Millions of US kids should get hepatitis shot

Jun. 27, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A scientific panel is recommending that more than 2 million U.S. kids get vaccinated against hepatitis A. Thirteen years ago, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended hepatitis A shots for all U.S. children at age 1. On Thursday, the panel said the shots should be given...

Vaccine no match against flu bug that popped up near end

Jun. 27, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The flu vaccine turned out to be a big disappointment again. The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The flu shot was...

US vaccine panel downgrades pneumonia shot recommendation

Jun. 26, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A scientific panel has downgraded its recommendation that all retirement-age Americans get a top-selling vaccination against bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and other illnesses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said routine vaccination with Pfizer's Prevnar 13...

Vaccine panel gives nod to HPV shots for men up to age 26

Jun. 26, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A vaccine against cervical and other cancers should be recommended for both men and women up to age 26, a U.S. government advisory panel decided Wednesday. The vaccine protects against HPV, a virus that is commonly spread through sex and can cause certain cancers and genital warts. The...