The California measles outbreak may have just given new meaning to the phrase "scaring up some business." As news of the outbreak spread, health officials urged parents to vaccinate their children. And as more and more cases were reported--escalating from 7 cases to more than 100 in just one month--sales of Merck's M-M-R II vaccine shot up too,
In December, Serum Institute of India reported victory in a Phase I trial of its powdered measles vaccine. But it may have to go back to the drawing board as results from a noninferiority trial reported Thursday showed that the powdered candidate was not as effective as the traditional injected vaccine.
As the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to spread, some are pointing the finger at Merck, maker of the only U.S.-approved measles vaccine. But when it comes to encouraging the public to get vaccinated, there's a limit on how much the company can do, its R&D chief says.
The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland is spreading across California and beyond, and it's reigniting a heated debate over the anti-vaccination movement.
A powdered measles vaccine could mean a cheaper option for the developing world that eliminates storage, contamination and waste challenges. And researchers now have one that looks safe in Phase I.
According to the World Health Organization, an incorrect diluent for the measles/rubella vaccine most likely caused the recent deaths of 15 Syrian children in rural Idleb.
As the U.S. continues to experience the highest number of measles cases this year since the highly contagious viral illness was eliminated nationwide in 2000, health officials and researchers are looking for ways to keep vaccination rates in check.
The measles vaccine may be capable of more than just preventing measles.
A new antiviral drug may provide an effective way to treat measles in those who have not been vaccinated.
Measles outbreaks in New York and Canada have ratcheted up arguments about the merits of vaccines in recent weeks, but the row is perhaps most intense in Colorado. This week a proposal to tighten vaccine exemption laws advanced in the state, leading to opponents accusing the bill's sponsor of treating parents like "idiots" and "morons."