House subcommittee hearing to review flu preparedness

The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has planned a hearing for 10 a.m. Thursday to review preparedness for the upcoming flu season. Read More »

WHO reports measles vaccinations are stalling globally

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that an estimated 17.1 million people have been saved from the measles virus since 1990 due to increased vaccination efforts, they announced on Thursday. Read More »

Gavi protects children with pneumococcal, pentavalent vaccines

Gavi's support in the form of pneumococcal as well as pentavalent vaccines (PCV) is helping to protect children from illnesses around the world. Read More »

USAID grants in Turkey improve schools, hospital

Three USAID grants totaling $823,000 were given to Turkey in November 2014. Read More »

Afghanistan guarantees accessibility for life-saving vaccines

The government of Afghanistan recently re-emphasized its guarantee that there will not be interruptions in giving people easy access to life-saving vaccines. Read More »

Most parents decide on vaccines before having children

A recent study shows that an estimated three-quarters parents choose whether they want their children to receive vaccines before they even become pregnant. Read More »

ACS Central Science analyzes immune system response to enhanced vaccines

Researchers from ACS Central Science recently reported they have found a new method of improving vaccines by directing the immune system response with specific molecules. Read More »

Roll Back Malaria partners meet to discuss global strategy

Roll Back Malaria Partnership representatives discussed the best strategy for fighting malaria at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia last week. Read More »

Multi-tasking flu vaccine may offer improved protection

Australian researchers recently discovered a method of improving the efficacy and cross-protective abilities of a vaccine for influenza A by adding one component. Read More »

Organizations issue recommendations on malaria vaccine

Gavi and the Global Fund recently released a statement about malaria vaccine recommendations, which were given by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC). Read More »

Federal government awards Ryan White grants to HIV care providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently gave over $2.2 billion in grants from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to states, cities and community-based organizations for HIV/AIDS care and medications. Read More »

USAID offers help for TB patients in more than 100 countries

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced that it is providing life-saving medicine  in more than 100 countries for patients who have drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Read More »

U.S. Department of Health funds novel methods of improving influenza vaccines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently provided sponsorship of two novel approaches to improving influenza vaccines. Read More »

Study finds HIV particles trapped more effectively by certain cervicovaginal mucus

Findings of a recent study indicating that HIV particles are more effectively trapped by the cervicovaginal mucus (CVM) in women who harbor the vaginal bacteria species Lactobacillus crispatus were published Tuesday in mBio, the open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).  Read More »

Korea supports Gavi for childhood immunization in poorest nations

The Republic of Korea recently signed an agreement that shows its support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in order to improve the nation’s contributions to childhood vaccinations within some of the world’s poorest countries from 2015 to 2017. Read More »

PAHO leaders plan to increase immunization rates, reduce deaths from tuberculosis, hepatitis

Health leaders who plan to attend the 54th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have put in place plans and methods to increase immunization rates, reduce deaths and illness from hepatitis, step up the fight against tuberculosis (TB) and update public health laws in the Americas. Read More »

HHS unit sponsoring development of drug for severe flu cases

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is sponsoring a drug being developed to treat patients hospitalized with severe cases of influenza. the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) said this week. Read More »

Pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines to decrease pediatric hospitalization

Scientists recently conducted a study to demonstrate that introducing both pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) as well as rotavirus vaccines (RVs) helped to reduce the hospital burden of respiratory infections and winter diarrhea. Read More »

Children with cerebral malaria show novel disease signatures

Researchers recently discovered that children who have cerebral malaria have novel signatures of the disease in their brains. Read More »

Antiviral drugs in silicone vaginal rings protect women from HIV

Scientists from the University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne, France, recently announced that they have successfully created a vaginal silicone ring that delivers antiviral drugs to protect women from both HIV and herpes. Read More »