Vaccine News

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Common Questions Surrounding the Safety of Vaccines

When it comes to vaccines, many people question whether vaccination is right for them and their families. The founding principle of scientific research is the asking and answering of questions.  When it comes to vaccines, knowing the science behind their effectiveness is key.  According to the scientific evidence supporting vaccinations, vaccines are safe and effective … Continue reading

Worried About Getting Flu? Women Shouldn’t Be

The flu — it’s a guy thing. A recent study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found evidence that the flu vaccine is more effective in women than men. Even when women get the flu, the study suggests that they are better at fighting off the virus. This disparity between men and women … Continue reading

Visitors Leave Disneyland with Measles, not Memories

A recent trip to Disneyland has left dozens of visitors with measles rather than memories. At least 26 people who visited the theme park in Orange County, California, between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20 have contracted the disease. State officials have confirmed that the outbreak is the worst in 15 years. Already, the disease has … Continue reading

Flu Shots Now Required for Children in NYC by Vaccine Attorney Leah Durant

New York City schools can now force students to get a flu shot. A new city-wide mandate requires children between six months and five years of age to obtain a flu vaccine between July 1 and December 31 each year. Passed in the final days of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, the rule applies to more … Continue reading

A Face-Off between the NHL and Mumps

The National Hockey League is facing off against an unexpected opponent: mumps. As of late December, more than 20 NHL players have come down with mumps across five teams. Hockey stars like Sydney Crosby and Beau Bennett have sat out several games, an unhappy development for their teams and their fans. The NHL’s battle with … Continue reading

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

Vaccine Injury Program to Increase Public Outreach

Those who suffer vaccine-related injuries are eligible for financial compensation from the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. But not everyone who has been harmed by a vaccine knows about this multibillion-dollar fund. Several federal agencies are trying to change that. Starting next year, the Health Resources and Services Administration — which analyzes claims filed … Continue reading

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