BMJ Letter to the Editor Questions Lack of Vaccine Safety Studies

BMJ Letter to the Editor Questions Lack of Vaccine Safety Studies

In a recent letter to the editor published in the medical journal The BMJ titled “We DO need a broad look at vaccination policies and programs,” Allan Cunningham, MD wrote that he agreed with a letter to the journal from Bernadette Pajer of Informed Choice Washington regarding the need to thoughtfully review the effect of […]

Rice Study Predicts 19 Percent Efficacy for 2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine

Rice Study Predicts 19 Percent Efficacy for 2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine

A computer-based tool developed as part of a study by researchers at Rice University in Texas is gauging the anticipated efficacy of this season’s influenza vaccine at 19 percent. The tool, known as pEpitope, is a computational model measuring critical differences in the genetic sequences of circulating strains of influenza virus. Other flu vaccine efficacy […]

Doctors Claim it is Safe to Vaccinate Kids Even After Vaccine Reactions

Doctors Claim it is Safe to Vaccinate Kids Even After Vaccine Reactions

Story Highlights Authors of a new study claim that it is safe to revaccinate children after they have suffered an adverse reaction, particularly when if the first reaction was mild or moderate. Canadian researchers analyzed almost 20 years of records for 5,600 children for whom an adverse vaccine reaction had been reported. Of those, 1,731 were […]

Viagra and Flu Vaccine to Stop Cancer?

Viagra and Flu Vaccine to Stop Cancer?

It has been another dismal season for the beleaguered influenza vaccine, during which it proved barely effective for preventing influenza infection for yet another year. Now new claims have surfaced that could boost market share beyond manufacturers’ wildest dreams: The flu vaccine may stop the spread of cancer! And there’s more: It does so in when it’s combined with the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra!

Indian Study Reveals Birth Dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine Unnecessary

Indian Study Reveals Birth Dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine Unnecessary

A study funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics was recently conducted by a group of pediatricians to examine if the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine is crucial for acquiring full immunity against hepatitis B infection.

Study: Cows Used to Develop HIV Vaccine

Study: Cows Used to Develop HIV Vaccine

Findings from a study published in Nature in July 2017 reveal that scientists are using cows to better understand the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and develop an HIV vaccine. After decades of research, including clinical trials of different HIV vaccine candidates, there is still no effective vaccine because the virus mutates…

Safety Implications of Microneedle Patches for Influenza Vaccine

Safety Implications of Microneedle Patches for Influenza Vaccine

A phase I clinical trial conducted by Emory University in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology has found that influenza vaccination using Band-Aid-like patches with dissolvable microneedles is safe and was well-tolerated by the study’s participants. According to the Emory…

First of Its Kind Survey Shows Vaccinated Children Get Sicker

First of Its Kind Survey Shows Vaccinated Children Get Sicker

The scientific publication Journal of Translational Science has published one of the first surveys to formally assess the longer-term health outcomes associated with the United States routine childhood vaccination program. Primarily authored by Dr. Anthony R. Mawson (a public health epidemiologist…

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Yields Reduced Antibody Response

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Yields Reduced Antibody Response

Multiple vaccinations may not afford better protection against influenza viruses than fewer inoculations, according to an Australian study of vaccine responses in health care workers (HCWs) reported in Vaccine. Postvaccine protective antibody titers were highest in HCWs who were vaccinated…

France Has Lowest Confidence in Vaccines

France Has Lowest Confidence in Vaccines

A recent study published in EBioMedicine conducted by researchers from the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and other institutions reveals that public confidence in vaccines varies among different nations with European nations being the most skeptical of vaccines. The purpose of the study is to provide insights for policy makers to identify…