Measles vaccination more likely when child's, not society's, benefits are stressed
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.
Andrew Wakefield was struck off the U.K. medical register and The Lancet retracted his paper that linked the MMR vaccine to autism, but the latest survey data suggests one in 5 Americans believe doctors know vaccines cause autism.
MMR vaccine linked to fall in respiratory-related hospitalizations
Some studies in low-income countries have shown that widespread immunization can cause unexpected positive consequences. A Danish team has now generated evidence that some of these unintended benefits are seen in wealthy countries, too.
U.K. court orders sisters to receive MMR vaccine
In the 15 years since The Lancet published the now-discredited paper that sparked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine autism scare, the fears it provoked have only partly lessened. In the United Kingdom, emotions are still strong enough to cause court cases.
U.K. mumps outbreak linked to waning MMR protection
The recent measles outbreak in Wales reconfirmed the effectiveness of one component of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Japan faces vaccine shortage in struggle to control rubella
The consequences of a fall in the vaccination rate can lie dormant for years. It has taken 20 years for Japan to feel the implications of dropping the measles, mumps and rubella shot.
GSK, Sanofi vaccines proving effective in measles outbreak
The vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) has proven an effective tool in the past. In 2008, a U.K. study found one dose protects 95% of people against measles, with the follow-up shot immunizing most of the remaining 5%. Now similar data is emerging from Wales.
Vaccine campaign struggling to contain measles outbreak
Vaccines are among the most proactive of health interventions, with children being protected against viruses they might one day encounter. Yet every now and then vaccination campaigns are forced to be reactive.
Taboo topics: Sex, politics, religion... and vaccines?
Pro-vaccine scientists have been sent hate mail and death threats for speaking out in favor of immunization. Yet, Reuters reports, the opposite is also true. Openly questioning the safety of vaccines is a risky move for scientists.
An Italian health news website seems to have reported that an Italian court has ruled that an MMR vaccine caused autism in a child.