Chalk up a major win for global health: according to the World Health Organization, Africa has been free of wild cases of Polio since July. This comes down to a dedicated vaccination campaign that has advanced the continent towards zero cases.
A new research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to positively link low vaccination rates to the Disneyland measles outbreak that emerged in California late last year. The new research also shows how frighteningly fast measles can spread in a population that's insufficiently immunized against the highly…
The recent measles outbreak has everyone taking another look at "childhood" diseases. Why are these diseases, relatively mild in children over five, so often devastating to adults? An infectious disease expert talks to io9 about possible explanations for why these viruses hit us hard when we should be at our…
A recently approved vaccine called Gardasil 9 protects against more strains of HPV and HPV-related cancers than any vaccine currently available. But who should get it? And how did it get so much better? Here's a complete rundown on the state of the art in HPV-cancer prevention.
More than 150 years ago, the British government made smallpox vaccination compulsory, resulting in a massive political backlash. Opponents used tactics and arguments that are familiar today. If anything, the contemporary anti-vaxxer has regressed even further.
A whooping cough epidemic is sweeping across California—and 94% of the cases involve children and infants, for whom the illness can be fatal. Low vaccination rates are responsible for the outbreak. But, surprisingly, it's the most affluent, educated parents who are opting out of immunization programs.
In 1977, measles was spreading across the U.S. in outbreaks of epidemic proportions. Less than 70% of children had been immunized due, in part, to a public backlash against swine flu vaccinations, which were rumored to be deadly. Fortunately, the CDC got help from two of the nation's top celebrities.
It's not just the myth about autism that's driving down vaccination rates. Many parents believe that as long as most other children are vaccinated, their kids won't get sick. It's a faulty interpretation of "herd immunity" — and it's prompting families to prioritize exaggerated, imagined risks over actual benefits.
Two years ago, students at Carlsbad High School began filming a documentary, The Invisible Threat—a report on the "science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated." But it is only now that the public is able to see the film, which became the target of a national anti-vaxxer campaign.
Here for spreading far and wide is (another) graphical reminder of the important distinction between correlation and causation.
Vaccines are something most of us take for granted, but as these maps compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations show, we're still a long way from ensuring everyone's safe from some of the world's most dreaded — and preventable — diseases.
Here for spreading far and wide is a graphical reminder of the important distinction between correlation and causation.
Those who have had to argue with anti-vaxxers will know that the argument shifts. If it's not mercury in the vaccines that's causing problems, it's dead fetus parts, and if it's not dead fetus parts, it's unspecified "toxins." But did you know the free-form argument has been going on longer than you imagined? .
The vacuous anti-vaccine movement should take notice of what's going on in Syria. After less than three years of civil war, polio is on the rise — a stark reminder of what happens when societies collapse.
Smallpox has been around for a millennium, and claimed hundreds of millions of lives. Each death was tragic, but the last person to die by smallpox left behind one of the most wrenching tragedies of them all.
It's fun to reflect on the past's starry-eyed visions of the future. We all know this. But reviewing retro-futuristic predictions in the field of medicine is always especially entertaining.
British doctor Andrew Wakefield already lost his medical license over his faulty research linking vaccines and autism, but now a new report says his 1998 paper, published in the Lancet, was actually fraudulent.