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Ebola Vaccine Makers Get a Shot of Immunity

Ebola vaccine manufacturers received the gift they wanted most this holiday season: legal immunity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently offered liability protections to the companies working to develop a vaccine for ebola. The HHS declaration shields companies from any lawsuits connected to the manufacturing, testing, distribution, and administration of an ebola … Continue reading

U.S. Faces a Severe Flu Season without an Effective Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released some bad news for folks worried about getting the flu this year. First, the agency reported that current data suggests the 2014-2015 flu season could be “severe.” Then the CDC announced that this year’s flu vaccine may not be effective against the most common flu currently … Continue reading

Vaccine Court Continues to Help Families

Last week, Massachusetts announced a $35 million increase to a proposed fund for folks injured by a contaminated steroid injection. Created by the pharmacy company New England Compounding Center, the medication resulted in a nationwide meningitis outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the injection sickened more than 750 people in 20 … Continue reading

Officials Investigate Possibility of Vaccine-Related Deaths in Italy

For the last several weeks, officials in Italy have investigated whether a routine flu vaccine caused the death of 13 people. Between November 8 and 25, thirteen Italians died within 48 hours of receiving a flu vaccine. Developed by Novartis, the vaccine in question was developed for patients with weaker immune systems or underlying conditions. … Continue reading

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