• covid-19 vaccine Mar 10

    Fear of Needles May Be Stopping Some People From Getting Vaccinated

    With the vaccine rollout, there’s been footage of the gentle jab on TV, but just the sight of a needle can make some people queasy or squeamish.

  • winter storms Feb 17

    Extreme Weather May Delay Reaching Herd Immunity, Experts Warn

    The extreme winter weather covering much of the U.S. is causing enough disruption to vaccinations that the country may take slightly longer to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, potentially extending the length of the pandemic, experts who are following the vaccination rollout said.

  • coronavirus Feb 5

    Military to Join Fight Against COVID-19

    More than 1,000 troops will be deployed to mass vaccination sites to help deliver life-saving shots.

  • Florida Aug 3, 2019

    Florida Officials Declare Hepatitis A Emergency After Rise in Cases

    There have been 2,034 cases of Hepatitis A in Florida since the beginning of the year. By comparison, there were 548 cases last year and 276 cases in 2017.

  • California Jun 20, 2019

    California Governor, Lawmaker Alter Proposed Vaccine Rules

    California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.

  • Miami Jun 14, 2019

    Miami-Dade to Fight Rabies With Vaccination Packets

    Miami-Dade is hoping a new vaccination effort will reduce cases of rabies in the county.

  • California Jun 13, 2019

    Jessica Biel Denies She's Anti-Vaccination After Lobbying Against California Bill

    Actress Jessica Biel says she’s not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The 37-year-old has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice concerns about the measure. Biel posted on Instagram Thursday morning that she supports children getting vaccinated and...

  • United States Jun 6, 2019

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    Health officials say this year’s U.S. measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses. It’s already the highest in 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. Most are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities. The nation last saw this many cases...

  • United States Jun 6, 2019

    US Measles Count Tops 1,000 Cases as Surge Continues

    Health officials say this year’s U.S. measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses. It’s already the highest in 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. Most are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities. The nation last saw this many cases...

  • Governor May 24, 2019

    Maine Bill to End Personal Vaccine Opt-Outs Heads to Governor

    A bill to end Maine’s religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccines is heading to the governor’s desk. The Senate voted 19-16 Thursday to enact the bill. Gov. Janet Mills’ administration has backed the bill ending non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 for schoolchildren, as well as nursery school and health care facility employees.

  • Facebook Mar 7, 2019

    Facebook Cracks Down on Vaccine Misinformation

    Facebook announced on Thursday new policies to reduce the visibility of vaccine misinformation on its platform, including rejecting advertising and excluding groups and pages from search results that spread “vaccine hoaxes.” The announcement comes after weeks of criticism from public health advocates and lawmakers who have called for action to curtail inaccurate information about vaccines, which have led to a...

  • Donald Trump Jan 28, 2019

    Trump Casts Doubt on Seeing a Budget Deal That He'd Accept

    President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think the negotiators will strike a deal that he’d accept. He pledged to build...

  • Europe Jan 27, 2019

    Another Week, More UK Jockeying Over Who Controls Brexit

    British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another bruising week in Parliament as lawmakers plan to challenge her minority Conservative government for control of Brexit policy. Amendments designed to change the course of Britain’s planned March 29 departure from the European Union escalated the political jockeying. Several would delay the exit or make a Brexit without a divorce deal with the...

  • United States Aug 23, 2018

    Russian Trolls Pushed Divisive Content Over Vaccines, Researchers Say

    Russian trolls weren’t just trying to cause division in U.S. politics. A new study shows they were also trying to sow discord in one of the country’s most heated debates around public health: vaccinations. NBC News reports Russia-linked social media bots pushed divisive rhetoric and misinformation on Twitter on both sides of the vaccine debate, according to research led by...

  • United States Jun 8, 2018

    Flu Season Was One of the Deadliest for US Children

    Flu killed more U.S. children in the past year than during any other regular flu season in recent history. U.S. health officials said Friday that they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. That surpasses the 2012-2013 flu season, when there were 171. An average season sees about 110. There were more deaths in 2009-2010, when a...

  • Brazil Mar 8, 2018

    Brazil Yellow Fever Outbreak Largest in Decades; 846 Cases

    Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak has now infected more people than the previous one, which had been the largest in decades. The Health Ministry said Wednesday that officials have confirmed 846 cases of the mosquito-borne disease. Of those, 260 have died. In the 2016-2017 outbreak, Latin America’s largest nation saw 777 cases and 261 deaths.

  • federal government Apr 19, 2017

    Nigeria's Meningitis Outbreak Kills 745 so far: Officials

    Health officials say Nigeria’s meningitis outbreak has killed at least 745 people as of Monday. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 8,057 suspected meningitis cases have been reported. Most have been located in the northern states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto since the disease surfaced in December. The federal government has kicked off a nationwide vaccination campaign...

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