Experts question perfluorinated compounds and vaccine effectiveness link

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association asserting that routine child vaccines may not be effective in children with elevated blood levels of perfluorinated compounds is being questioned by experts. Read More »

FDA approves shingles vaccine for people 50 years and older

The United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the shingles vaccine for anyone age 50 and above, but some health departments are sticking with the old guidelines for now. Read More »

Aeras joins with NIAID for TB clinical test

The biopharmaceutical company Aeras recently announced that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will join in support of clinical testing for a new tuberculosis vaccine. Read More »

Johnson-Sirleaf elected president of the Africa Leaders Malaria Alliance

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was recently elected president of the Africa Leaders Malaria Alliance. Read More »

Children's 2012 vaccine schedule released

The 2012 vaccine schedule for children and adolescents has been released, incorporating changes for the use of multiple vaccines that were adopted over the past year. Read More »

Vietnam records second bird flu death this year

According to health officials, a woman in southern Vietnam has died as the result of contracting the bird flu, which represents the country's second human death from the virus in less than a month. Read More »

Polio increases five-fold in Chad

Aid agencies operating in Chad recently said that poor-quality emergency immunization programs and low routine polio immunization coverage led to a five-fold increase in the number of polio cases reported in 2011 compared to 2010. Read More »

Bhutan declares malaria elimination

According to a Bhutanese government report, the small, landlocked kingdom has virtually eliminated the incidence of malaria within its borders over the past 17 years. Read More »

Measles cases down 60 percent in the last decade

According to U.S. health officials, the number of measles cases reported worldwide each year dropped 60 percent from 2000 to 2010, down from 853,480 cases to 339,845 cases. Read More »

Study shows malaria deaths may be twice as high as thought

According to a new report published in the journal Lancet, the number of people dying annually from malaria is approximately double the current estimate because of a major overlooked death toll in adults. Read More »

Pneumonia, meningitis evolving to evade vaccines

A recent study by French researchers has shown how the bacteria that cause childhood pneumonia and meningitis have evolved to evade vaccines by switching portions of their genes with other bacteria. Read More »

WHO says TB in Russia displays highest known drug-resistance

The World Health Organization recently announced that tuberculosis cases found in Moldova, Belarus and Russia display the highest levels of drug-resistance known. Read More »

Survey reveals 300,000 teens missed vaccinations in San Diego

According to survey data from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, approximately 300,000 teenagers in the county were not current with their vaccinations in 2009-10. Read More »

CDC recommends HPV vaccine for males

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that all males between 11 and 21 years of age should receive vaccines to protect themselves from the human papillomavirus. Read More »

WHO asks India to conduct MDR-TB survey

The World Health Organization recently asked India to conduct a national survey on the spread of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Read More »

Study shows malaria decline in malaria deaths

A study performed by U.S. researchers shows that global malaria deaths have been decreasing for the last several years. Read More »

"Identify and treat" method of malaria lowers disease's prevalence

A new study by the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute has determined that a strategy of actively identifying malaria that has gone undiagnosed and treating those with the disease resulted in lower malaria prevalence. Read More »

Ghana reports yellow fever outbreak

The Ministry of Ghana reported a yellow fever outbreak in three districts on December 20, included three laboratory confirmed cases and two deaths. Read More »

Measles cases rise worldwide

The number of measles cases reported worldwide in 2010 rose by approximately 60,000 over the previous year, primarily due to major outbreaks in Europe and Africa. Read More »

Cornell engineers creating handheld pathogen detectors

A team of engineers at Cornell University are developing a handheld pathogen detector to assist healthcare workers in diagnosing cases of tuberculosis, gonorrhea and HIV. Read More »