Stories tagged: vaccine
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
U.S. panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B
The vaccine, called Heplisav-B, was licensed for use in the U.S. in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 10:47 p.m.
Number of flu deaths in Washington continues to climb
Flu activity statewide remains elevated, according to the latest flu update from the state’s Department of Health.
Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 6 a.m.
Flu season worst since 2009 swine flu pandemic
Washington and Idaho are in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
U.S. flu season gets worse, has ‘lot more steam’ than expected
Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show …
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:25 a.m.
What you need to know about the new shingles vaccine
The federal panel that helps guide U.S. vaccination policy on Wednesday recommended the new shingles vaccine for use in adults 50 and older with normal immune systems.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus
A new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles has been approved by U.S. regulators.
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage
A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
15 children die in South Sudan after workers vaccinate them with dirty needles
Fifteen children died and dozens more fell ill after vaccination workers ignored basic hygiene procedures during South Sudan’s national measles vaccination campaign last month.
Wed., May 17, 2017, 2 p.m.
Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men
The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new …
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 9:19 p.m.
Rate of immunized kindergarteners in Washington a steady 85 percent
State health officials say the percentage of kindergarteners with the required vaccinations needed to start school remained steady at 85 percent.
Thu., May 4, 2017, 11:17 a.m.
WHO chief praises Guineans for help with Ebola vaccine
The head of the World Health Organization is praising Guineans for their role in helping to develop a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus.
Sat., April 22, 2017, 1:31 p.m.
Risk of flu-related death higher for unvaccinated children
That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 7 p.m.
Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law
The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners jumped this fall from the previous year, with the percentage of students with all required vaccinations rising to 96 percent from 93 percent.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds
Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 1:43 p.m.
US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine
U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 11:19 a.m.
U.N. sends 3.5 million emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil
The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years.
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 6:05 a.m.
Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts officials to weigh third vaccine dose
Federal health officials are evaluating the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks since 2006. More than 5,000 cases of …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
One thing Congress agrees on: Vaccines work
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are stressing the need to highlight benefits of vaccines amid reports of local outbreaks of infectious diseases. “The science is clear: FDA-licensed vaccines are proven …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Washington’s bad flu season may have peaked
Officials say one of Washington state’s worst flu seasons appears to be subsiding. The Seattle Times reports that the Department of Health says influenza had killed 207 people in the …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 11:41 a.m.
U.S. flu vaccine a good match; season moderate so far
This season’s flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that’s going around, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Senate panel introduces new school vaccine opt-out bill
An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow parents simply to write a letter excusing their children from vaccines rather than fill out a governmental form. The Times-News …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Brazil orders 11.5 million yellow fever vaccines
Brazil’s Ministry of Health has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccines to reinforce its stockpiles amid the largest outbreak of the disease the country has seen since 2000.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Number of schools impacted by mumps outbreak grows
Hundreds of unvaccinated students at a dozen Spokane County schools are being ordered to stay home during the ongoing mumps outbreak, almost double the number of schools previously identified.
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 5:55 p.m.
Kennedy: Trump wants him to lead vaccine safety panel
President-elect Donald Trump is reviving long debunked attempts to link vaccines to autism, meeting with a vocal skeptic to discuss chairing a commission on vaccination safety – a move that …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
Free mumps vaccine offered after two Spokane County cases confirmed
The Spokane Regional Health District will host a free mumps vaccination clinic Wednesday at Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave.
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016
Advisory panel recommends just two HPV vaccine doses for many children
Children who start getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus before age 15 only need to get two doses, according to a new recommendation from government advisers
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 9:03 p.m.
Three cases of mumps confirmed at Whitworth University
Three students at Whitworth University have been diagnosed with mumps, according to a statement on the university’s web site.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 9:03 p.m.
Sorry, kids, your pediatrician wants you to get a flu shot this year
This year’s flu vaccine for children will probably have to come in the form of a shot, not those two little puffs up the nose.
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, 12:38 p.m.
Five Zika cases in Miami Beach; CDC advises pregnant women to stay away
There are five new local cases of Zika in Miami Beach and a new 1.5-square-mile transmission zone from the beach to the Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Friday …