vaccination

25 articles
Just the Vax, Please: Is everyone skipping vaccines?
Aug 25, 2014 | Jane Huston

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month....

Polio: What Happens to a Vaccine-Preventable Disease When Vaccination Is Prevented?
Jul 18, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Polio is a highly infectious disease that mainly affects children under age five and leads to irreversible paralysis in about one of every 200 cases...

Just the Vax, Please: HPV Vaccination - Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Jan 6, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

It happens often. I’m at a dinner party or book club meeting, and a new acquaintance asks me what I do. “I work in vaccine education,” I say. And...

Just the Vax, Please: Flu shots are for everyone - not just you.
Dec 2, 2013 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Two out of five. When public health officials make their rounds to encourage everyone six months of age and older to get the flu vaccine this year,...

Possible MERS-CoV Vaccine on the Horizon
Nov 22, 2013 | Jane Huston

On November 20, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported positive results in preclinical trials of the first DNA synthetic vaccine against the Middle...

Measles Outbreak in Texas
Sep 3, 2013 | Lindsay Denny

A televangelist Megachurch in Texas has been linked to an outbreak of measles. According to local health authorities, at least 21 cases have been...

Polio Proliferates in Northern Nigerian States Borno and Yobe Despite Declining National Rates
Jun 27, 2013 | Steven Purcell

At least 26 new cases of wild polio virus have been detected in northern Nigeria. This statistic comes from a joint World Health Organization (WHO)...

Ongoing Struggle with Meningitis W135 in Chile
Jun 18, 2013 | Michael Close

On June 13, 2013, the Ministry of Health of Chile confirmed yet another case of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W135 in a child from the...

Measles Cases and Free Vaccines in North Carolina
Apr 25, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Los Angeles is not the only county offering free vaccines recently - Randolph County Health Department just announced that it is offering free...

Measles Kills 400 People a Day—But Costs Less Than a Buck to Avoid
Apr 3, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

There’s a dangerous virus spreading through Europe, Africa, and North America. This virus can lead to serious complications such as permanent hearing...

Measles Outbreak Spreading at "Alarming Rate" in Wales
Mar 27, 2013 | Sumiko Mekaru

This week, Public Health Wales warned the measles epidemic in southwest Wales was growing at an "alarming rate" with 432 cases and 51...

Meningitis Outbreak Prompts Change in Vaccine Recommendations
Mar 22, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

In 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) calculated a troubling statistic: the rate of invasive meningococcal...

At Least Nine Polio Workers Killed in Nigeria
Feb 11, 2013 | David Scales

On Friday, Feb. 8, at least nine young women working on a polio vaccination campaign were targeted and killed by gunmen in two separate incidents in...

Poliovirus Found in Cairo, Egypt
Jan 22, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

According to the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, wild poliovirus has been detected from two Cairo sewage samples. The strain detected is...

Measles Outbreak Infects 37 More in Nigeria
Dec 20, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

Thirty-seven more cases of measles have been identified in an outbreak in Kebbi state, Nigeria. Of the over 250 cases recorded so far, seven children...

Pakistan: Brain-eating Amoeba & Vaccination Against Childhood Pneumonia
Oct 12, 2012 | Adham Abdel Mottalib

A rare and fatal brain-eating infection killed 10 people in Karachi, Pakistan this year. This waterborne species of amoeba causes primary amoebic...

Ethnic Disparities in Flu Vaccine Coverage
Sep 13, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Vaccine uptake has been a front-page issue over the past year, given the epidemic levels of whooping cough in some U.S. states and the upsurge of...

Lenient Standards Lead to More Medical Exemptions From Vaccines in Kindergartners
Sep 7, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

In states where medical exemptions for school vaccinations are easier to get, exemption rates are higher, according to a new study published late...

United States Faces Twice as Many Pertussis Cases as Last Year
Jul 25, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

New statistics show that the United States is in the midst of the worst outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, in fifty years.  Case reports have...

Number of Parents Altering Vaccine Schedules on the Rise
Jun 20, 2012 | Lauren Edmundson

A new report published in the journal Pediatrics shows that the number of parents delaying or limiting their children’s vaccinations more than...

Measles Outbreak in Ukraine Coincides With UEFA EURO 2012
Jun 14, 2012 | Catherine Stecyk

The number of reported measles cases in Ukraine has increased over the past several months, with an especially high concentration of cases in western...

Yellow Fever Outbreaks in Cameroon and Ghana Prompt Vaccination Campaigns
Feb 9, 2012 | Katharina Schwan

Northern Cameroon reported 23 cases of yellow fever in six districts since October. Seven patients have passed away. In an effort to curb the spread...

Largest U.S. Outbreak of Measles in 15 Years
Oct 27, 2011 | Jane Huston

At the annual Infectious Diseases Society of America conference, held last week in Boston, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported...

PLoS blog features HealthMap team’s article on "Failed vaccination campaigns" as global issue
Sep 12, 2011 | Anna Tomasulo

In July 2011 The Guardian (UK) explored the Central Intelligence Agency’s fake vaccine campaign, which rolled out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in an...

Imported Poliovirus Leaves 1 Dead in Xinjiang, China
Sep 9, 2011 | Glory Song

  On August 31st, we reported that four children were diagnosed with polio in Xinjiang, China, a country that had been polio-free for eleven years....