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Potential HIV vaccine hits major snag in testing

February 4th, 2020

It was only a couple of months ago that news of potential HIV vaccines generated excitement in the medical community, with several promising developments and new drugs in the works. Unfortunately, the quest to rid the world of HIV just suffered a significant setback, as one HIV vaccine trial being conducted by the National Institutes …

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Scientists just discovered a better way to use the tuberculosis vaccine

January 2nd, 2020

One of the biggest killers on the planet is a bacteria that humans have been fighting against for thousands of years. I’m talking about tuberculosis, or TB for short. Vaccinating against TB has proven difficult, and the effectiveness of TB vaccines has historically been rather poor. That may be about to change, however, as researchers …

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Samoa is finally crawling its way out of a measles epidemic

December 30th, 2019

It’s been a rough couple of months for the residents of the island nation of Samoa. A measles outbreak has made island life a lot more difficult, with over 5,600 infected individuals and a total of 81 deaths thus far. The outbreak was fueled by an anti-vaccination movement that has been festering on the island …

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Anti-vaccination trend is fueling deadly measles outbreak in Samoa

November 27th, 2019

The island nation of Samoa is in the midst of a truly devastating measles epidemic. Over 2,600 confirmed cases of the disease have been tallied, with hundreds of new cases being added by the day. A total of 33 people have died at last count, including dozens of children. When disease begins to spread across …

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Politician who supports anti-vaxer movement hospitalized due to chickenpox

March 20th, 2019

As absurd as it seems, the anti-vaccination movement isn’t just peddled in sketchy online forums and creepy Facebook groups; some politicians have also joined the fight, arguing that vaccinations for childhood diseases shouldn’t be mandatory for anyone. Recently, a Texas lawmaker (incorrectly and inexplicably) suggested that vaccines should be optional since antibiotics exist, and now …

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Texas lawmaker says vaccines should be optional because antibiotics exist

February 27th, 2019

When it comes to public health, one of the biggest risks is elected officials having absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. Republican Bill Zedler, a Texas state representative, recently spoke about the growing measles outbreak concern and the prospect of making vaccines mandatory to prevent widespread illness of the high-contagious disease. It probably won’t …

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FDA may start enforcing vaccine laws in states with lax regulations

February 22nd, 2019

As parts of the United States continue to deal with outbreaks of the easily preventable measles virus in children and adolescents who were never vaccinated, the federal government is taking notice. As CNN reports, the FDA is keeping a very close eye on states with lax vaccine laws, and is considering some pretty drastic measures …

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Mother who refuses to vaccinate her son is headed to jail

October 5th, 2017

The debate over child vaccinations shows no signs of slowing down, and despite no actual scientific proof that vaccinating a child predisposes them to anything but a healthier life, there’s still a small but vocal group of parents who don’t think their kids should have to be vaccinated. Now, one Michigan mother is headed to …