Vaccines in the News

Vaccines in the News

Tougher State Laws Curb Vaccine Refusers December 18, 2017
A Washington state law aimed at discouraging nonmedical childhood vaccine exemptions seems to have worked, a new study finds. The legislation, enacted in 2011, required parents to talk to a doctor before they could get their child exempted from vaccinations for nonmedical reasons. Researchers found that after the law went into effect, the state's overall vaccine exemption rate fell by 40 percent. [+] more
Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot: Study December 17, 2017
As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected. [+] more
Why You Need the Flu Shot Every Year December 12, 2017
Most people know: If you got a flu shot this year, next year you’ll need it again. This is because the virus changes, usually rendering the previous year’s vaccine partly or totally useless. And it’s no secret that the flu vaccine’s effectiveness falls well short of what scientists and public health officials would like to see. Yes, it reduces the severity of influenza infections and prevents thousands of deaths and hospitalizations every year, but nowhere near other recommended vaccines. But why does the virus change so much every year? Why does the vaccine’s effectiveness vary so much? Here’s the explainer you’ve been waiting for. [+] more
Just Two Measles Cases Cost Taxpayers $68,192 In Colorado November 25, 2017
Even when infectious diseases don’t cause long-term serious harm, they cost money. When that disease is a serious, extremely contagious vaccine-preventable disease like measles, the costs run into tens of thousands of dollars—which come straight from taxpayers’ pockets. [+] more
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