The Great Vaccine Race: Inside the Unprecedented Scramble to Immunize the World Against COVID-19
The cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins. Such was the case with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, and the attack was mostly silent and insidious at first. Many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 remained oblivious as they served as the v...
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

A new theory asks: Could a mask be a crude ‘vaccine’?
The unproven idea, described in a commentary published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, is inspired by the age-old concept of variolation, the deliberate exposure to a pathogen to generate a protective immune response. First tried against smallpox, the risky practice eventually fell out of favor, but paved the way for the rise of modern vaccines. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Approval of a Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just the Beginning – Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Approval of a Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just the Beginning – Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The World Health Organization Declares Africa Polio-Free
Nobody will ever know the identity of the thousands of African children who were not killed or paralyzed by polio this year. They would have been hard to keep track of no matter what because in ordinary times, they would have followed thousands last year and thousands the year before and on back in a generations-long trail of suffering and death. Instead, no African children were claimed by polio this year or last year or the year before. It was in 2016 that the last case of wild, circulating polio was reported in Nigeria—the final country on the 54-nation African continent where the disease was endemic. And with a r...
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Coronavirus will be with us forever, Sage scientist warns
Sir Mark Walport says, unlike smallpox, coronavirus will not be eradicated by vaccination. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bill Gates on How the U.S. Can Course Correct Its COVID-19 Response: ‘You Wish Experts Were Taking Charge’
The U.S. domestic response to the COVID-19 pandemic thus far has been “weak,” Bill Gates believes. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair and Microsoft co-founder told TIME senior health correspondent Alice Park during a TIME100 Talks discussion on Thursday that he’d give the U.S.’s COVID-19 response, “on a relative and absolute basis, not a passing grade.” But, he added, the U.S.’s funding for vaccine and therapeutic research “has been the best in the world,” so if it coordinates to share resources globally, the U.S. could “potentially score the highest&...
Source: TIME: Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeleine Carlisle Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk TIME100 Talks Source Type: news

Smallpox Vaccine Has Lessons for COVID Vaccine
In this study, researchers reconstructed and analyzed the genomes of smallpox virus fragments recovered from vaccination kits used during the Civil War era. They were able to do this without damaging the artifacts. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Success of Smallpox Vaccine Bears Lessons for Coronavirus Vaccine
TUESDAY, July 21, 2020 -- Scientists who have identified the early smallpox strains used to create vaccines against the disease say this type of genetic research could help efforts to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus. Smallpox was among... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 21, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Scientists trace and identify origin of smallpox vaccine strains used in Civil War
(McMaster University) Scientists and historians working at McMaster University, the M ü tter Museum and the University of Sydney have pieced together the genomes of old viruses that were used as vaccination strains during and after the American Civil War ultimately leading to the eradication of smallpox. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Melinda Gates Lays Out Her Biggest Concern For the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic
From 2018-2019, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave more money to the World Health Organization than any entity except the U.S. government. With President Donald Trump cutting ties to the international health agency in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gates Foundation’s work has come into sharper relief than ever. Co-chair Bill Gates announced at the Global Vaccine Summit on June 4 that it will give $1.6 billion over five years to the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), to help ensure that people around the world have access to vaccines, regardless of income. The Gates Foundation in 1999 pledged $750 million to he...
Source: TIME: Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

What scientific experts are saying about vaccine safety
Vaccines have played a critical role in reducing the spread of, and in some cases, eliminating the threat of many devastating infectious diseases. They are often cited as second only to clean drinking water in leading to some of the most impactful public health advances in history, including the eradication of smallpox and near global elimination of polio. (Source: The Catalyst)
Source: The Catalyst - June 4, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Research and Development Vaccines New Era of Medicine & D Focus Coronavirus Source Type: news

World leaders must fund a Covid-19 vaccine plan before it's too late for millions | Gro Harlem Brundtland and Elizabeth Cousens
This week ’s Global Vaccine Summit comes at a crucial point in history. Governments must not miss their chance to save livesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGro Harlem Brundtland is former director-general of the World Health OrganizationElizabeth Cousens is president of the UN FoundationGoogle any list of the most successful public health interventions of this century or the last, and vaccines will be at the very top. Infectious diseases such as smallpox, measles, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) were once prevalent and killed indiscriminately. Smallpox is now eradicated, po...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 4, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Gro Harlem Brundtland and Elizabeth Cousens Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Medical research Science World Health Organization Polio World news Source Type: news

Politics, Profits Undermine Public Interest in Covid-19 Vaccine Race
By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 2020 (IPS) With well over five million Covid-19 infections worldwide, and deaths exceeding 340,000, the race for an effective vaccine has accelerated since the SARS-Cov-2 virus was first identified as the culprit. Expecting to score politically from being ‘first’ to have a vaccine, US President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed promises to get 300 million doses to Americans by January, after the November polls, following several failed attempts to monopolize vaccines being developed by European companies. Anis Chowdhury More than 115 vac...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Jomo Kwame Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury Source Type: news

Hoping for a Covid Vaccine and Recalling the One for Smallpox
It ’s worth reflecting on the biologic brilliance of the technique and on what our bodies and immune systems are capable of doing, when appropriately prompted. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Smallpox Vaccination and Immunization Epidemics Immune System Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

A Vaccine Against COVID-19 Would Be the Latest Success in a Long Scientific History
Here’s betting you wouldn’t want anyone blowing smallpox scabs up your nose. But you might feel differently if you lived in 15th century China. Long ago, the Chinese recognized that people who had contracted smallpox once were immune to reinfection. They came up with the idea of preserving scabs from individuals who had suffered mild cases, drying them out, crushing them to a powder and blowing them up the nostril. For boys it was the right nostril, for girls it was the left because, well, 15th century. That is how the story of vaccines usually begins, though that version is decidedly incomplete. For one thing,...
Source: TIME: Science - May 15, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer health Source Type: news

How Pandemics End
An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gina Kolata Tags: Epidemics Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Plague Smallpox Ebola Virus Influenza Epidemic (1918-19) Rats Antibiotics Bubonic Plague Fleas Microbiology Deaths (Fatalities) Vaccination and Immunization your-feed-science your-feed-health Source Type: news

Here ’s How Scientists and Public-Health Experts Recommend the U.S. Gets Back to ‘Normal’
There is both promise and peril in being a pioneer, and the people of Hokkaido have learned both lessons well over the past few months. After infections of COVID-19 on the Japanese island exploded following its annual winter festival this year, officials in February declared a state of emergency to control the disease. Soon after, new daily cases plummeted, and Hokkaido’s quick action was heralded as a beacon for the rest of Japan to follow. But it wasn’t just infections that dropped; over the next month, agriculture and tourism business also dried up, and Hokkaido’s governor decided to ease social restri...
Source: TIME: Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news

ACAM2000 (Smallpox (Vaccinia) Vaccine, Live) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - April 27, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Collaboration Can Help Eradicate COVID-19
This article 0riginally appeared in UM News”. The link follows: https://www.umnews.org/en/news/collaboration-can-help-eradicate-covid-19   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The post Collaboration Can Help Eradicate COVID-19 appeared first on Inter Press Service. Excerpt: Rev Liberato C. Bautista is assistant general secretary for United Nations a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The Rev. Liberato C. Bautista Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Education Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations OPINION/NGO Source Type: news

To Fight COVID-19, Ford Is Planning to Manufacture Ventilators. This Isn ’t the First Time the Automaker Has Made Medical Devices
The odd hush that has fallen over New York City has lately been broken once every day, at precisely 7:00 PM. That’s when New Yorkers are stepping onto balconies or flinging open windows to applaud the people—pharmacy clerks, supermarket cashiers, food delivery workers and more—who continue to keep to keep the silent city running. But even the most heroic of health-care workers are faced with a difficult reality in the city that has become the center of COVID-19 in the U.S., as officials have predicted that New York City will need at least 400 more ventilators by Sunday and thousands more in the days to fo...
Source: TIME: Health - April 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Plagues and People – The Coronavirus in a Historical Perspective
By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 19 2020 (IPS) The human factor is intimately involved in the origin, spread, and mitigation of the Coronavirus and we cannot afford to ignore that our future existence depends on compassion and cooperation. Response matters! Some quarantined Italians might recall Giovanni Boccaccio´s The Decameron from 1353 in which people escaping the plague are secluded in a villa where they tell stories to each other. Boccaccio introduced his collection of short stories with an eyewitness account of horrifying human suffering in Florence, which in 1348 was struck by a ”pestilence” t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jan Lundius Tags: Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus Vaccine Dreams
If we get a vaccine for the coronavirus, it will immediately make our world a safer, easier, more reassuring place once again. That ’s what vaccines do. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood Quarantines Smallpox Poliomyelitis Influenza Epidemics Source Type: news

Southern Research collaborating to develop coronavirus vaccine
Birmingham-based Southern Research has entered into a strategic collaboration with New York-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Tonix Pharmaceuticals to support the development of a vaccine against the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19.   The vaccine is based on Tonix’s proprietary horsepox vaccine platform, TNX-801. The vaccine has been developed as a potential smallpox preventing vaccine for the U.S. strategic national stockpile and as a vaccine against monkeypox. According to Southern… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity
Pandemics are perversely democratic. They’re nasty, lethal and sneaky, but they don’t discriminate. No matter your age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or nation, you’re a part of the pathogenic constituency. That shared vulnerability, and the resulting human collectivism—a universal response to a universal threat—is newly and vividly evident in the face of the now-global outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of writing, there have been over 30,000 diagnosed cases and over 630 related deaths. A virus that emerged in a single city, Wuhan, China—indeed, in a single crowded ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease Source Type: news

HIV Triggers Immune System'Amnesia' to Smallpox: Study
THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 -- HIV infection causes a loss of immunity to smallpox, even in people who were vaccinated as kids and are taking antiretroviral drugs to restore their immune system, a new study finds. Such " HIV-associated immune amnesia " ... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 9, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

HIV & #43; Patients Lose Immunity to Smallpox Despite Vaccination
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2020 -- HIV-infected patients lose immunity to smallpox despite childhood vaccination and immune reconstitution with antiretroviral therapy, according to a study published online Dec. 23 in The Journal of Infectious... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 8, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

HIV patients lose smallpox immunity despite childhood vaccine, AIDS drugs
(Oregon Health& Science University) HIV patients lose immunity to smallpox even though they were vaccinated against the disease as children and have had much of their immune system restored with antiretroviral therapy, according to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Called HIV-associated immune amnesia, the finding could explain why people living with HIV still tend to have shorter lives on average than their HIV-negative counterparts despite being on antiretroviral therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Virus multiplication in 3D
(University of W ü rzburg) Vaccinia viruses serve as a vaccine against human smallpox and as the basis of new cancer therapies. Two studies now provide fascinating insights into their unusual propagation strategy at the atomic level. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccine Effective Against Smallpox in Military: Pivotal Trial Vaccine Effective Against Smallpox in Military: Pivotal Trial
The modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) vaccine protected against variola infection among members of the U.S. Army, and did not raise safety concerns, the pivotal trial revealed.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - November 20, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about smallpox vaccine scars
The smallpox vaccine has eradicated the potentially deadly disease. Anyone who has received this vaccination may notice that it left a scar. Learn more in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Lab Worker Infected With Smallpox-Related Virus
Investigators say the worker had been briefed on the risks of working with the virus and was offered a vaccine to prevent it, but she declined to get it. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Closer Than Ever to Seeing Polio Disappear for Good
A Pakistani child receives a dose of the oral polio vaccine (OPV). Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 2019 (IPS) In a “historic achievement for humanity”, two of three wild poliovirus strains have been eliminated worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, following the conclusion by a group of experts that WPV3, type three of the disease, has been eradicated completely. The deadly viral disease is “very close” to disappearing altogether, with the number of affected children having dropped by 99 per cent since 1988, the UN Children...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Polio Source Type: news

FDA Approves Vaccine for Prevention of Smallpox, Monkeypox
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 -- Jynneos Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live, Non-Replicating, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for prevention of smallpox and monkeypox disease in adults 18 years or older who are considered at high... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 26, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Approves New Smallpox, Monkeypox Vaccine: What Is It For?
Here's what is significant about the new Jynneos Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

FDA Approves Vaccine Against Smallpox, Monkeypox FDA Approves Vaccine Against Smallpox, Monkeypox
The approval is in part intended to protect against the potentially devastating consequences of intentional release of the smallpox virus, and the vaccine will be included in the Strategic National Stockpile.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - September 25, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

FDA Approves Jynneos (Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live, Non-replicating) for Prevention of Smallpox and Monkeypox Disease in Adults
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, September 24, 2019– Bavarian Nordic A/S (OMX: BAVA, OTC: BVNRY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jynneos™ (Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live, Non-replicating)... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - September 24, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Jynneos Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live, Non-Replicating
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 9/24/2019. This six-page document details the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s approval of Jynneos Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine, Live, Non-Replicating, for the prevention of smallpox and monkeypox disease in adults 18 years of age and older determined to be at high risk for smallpox or monkeypox infection. This is the only currently FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of monkeypox disease. This vaccine is also part of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the United States
As families face back-to-school medical requirements this month, the country feels the impact of a vaccine resistance movement decades in the making. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: your-feed-science Vaccination and Immunization Smallpox Whooping Cough Children and Childhood Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Measles Parenting Autism Medicine and Health Babies and Infants Doctors Rumors and Misinformation Centers fo Source Type: news

It ’s ‘Ambitious’ — But Possible — to Eradicate Malaria by 2050, According to a Landmark Report
It may be possible to eradicate malaria—one of history’s deadliest diseases—from the planet by 2050, according to a coalition of 41 leading scientists, economists and health-policy experts writing in the Lancet. “Malaria is one of the oldest and deadliest diseases of humankind,” says Sir Richard Feachem, one of the report’s authors and co-chair of the Lancet commission on malaria eradication. “If we, humankind, were to take on this challenge and eradicate malaria by 2050, it would be an achievement of historic proportions. There would be nothing quite like it.” Malaria, a mos...
Source: TIME: Health - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease onetime Source Type: news

Bavarian Nordic Initiates Phase 3 Trial of Freeze-dried MVA-BN ® Smallpox Vaccine
Bavarian Nordic A/S (OMX: BAVA, OTC: BVNRY) announced yesterday the initiation of a pivotal Phase 3 trial of the freeze-dried formulation of MVA-BN® smallpox vaccine in 1,110 healthy, vaccinia-naïve subjects. The randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial will evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of three consecutive vaccine lots of the freeze-dried formulation of MVA-BN® smallpox vaccine, similar to the prior completed Phase 3 study for the liquid-frozen MVA-BN formulation. The Biologics License Application (BLA) for the liquid frozen formulation of MVA-BN is currently under review at...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines
Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.—son of Bobby Kennedy—has been “tragically wrong” in his years-long crusade against vaccines, a crusade that seems especially irresponsible now as the country suffers through its worst measles outbreak since 1994. Kennedy has become a hero of the anti-vax crowd with his persistent claims that vaccines contain deadly ingredients, particularly a mercury-ba...
Source: TIME: Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized History onetime Source Type: news

Anti-Vaxxers Are A Very Old Problem
The American anti-vaccine movement is nothing new; it started in 1721, when people took to the streets of Boston to try and stop physician Zabdiel Boylston from inoculating people against smallpox. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kiona N. Smith, Contributor Source Type: news

Here's what Big Pharma and the CDC acknowledge about the HARMFUL side effects of vaccines
(Natural News) The number of vaccinations mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has risen sharply in recent decades. These medical interventions are touted as full-proof solutions to many previously common “childhood” illnesses, including measles, mumps and chicken pox, as well as more serious diseases like polio and smallpox. As dependence on... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The endless hunt for the perfect flu vaccine
We ’ve seen off smallpox, polio and measles – so why does a truly reliable flu jab still elude us?By Jeremy BrownVaccines are one of the great success stories of modern medicine. Because of them we are no longer vulnerable to smallpox or polio or measles. The flu vaccine, however, is a different story.Its effectiveness varies from patient to patient, from population to population, and from year to year. It needs to be updated each season, and even in a good year is usually no more than 50% effective. We may rely on it to avoid catching the flu, but its story demonstrates how far we still are from a reliable vac...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 24, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jeremy Brown Tags: Flu Vaccines and immunisation Medical research Health Society Science Source Type: news

North Korea ’ s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons
Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation ’ s “ advanced, underestimated and highly lethal ” bioweapons program. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: EMILY BAUMGAERTNER and WILLIAM J. BROAD Tags: Defense and Military Forces Biological and Chemical Warfare North Korea United States International Relations Smallpox United States Politics and Government Microbiology Anthrax Vaccination and Immunization Nuclear Weapons Belfer Cente Source Type: news

Administering ACAM2000 Smallpox Vaccine
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Diseases (CDC OID). Published: 9/28/2018. The resources and videos on this web page give healthcare providers and vaccine administrators the information they will need to learn how to administer the ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine using the multiple-puncture technique and a bifurcated needle. Chapter 6, parts A, B, and C discuss Screening Individuals for Vaccination During a Smallpox Emergency. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ask Well: How Long Do I Retain Immunity?
Antibody half-life varies tremendously, from about 11 years for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and mumps. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RICHARD KLASCO, M.D. Tags: Mumps Measles Tetanus Smallpox Viruses Vaccination and Immunization Diphtheria Infections Source Type: news

Africa:Cracking the Cold Chain Challenge Is Key to Making Vaccines Ubiquitous
[The Conversation Africa] Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infectious diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), smallpox, mumps, tetanus and rotavirus used to be common around the world. Today vaccines can prevent them. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What is the Interval For Non-simultaneous Administration of Live Virus Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccines are a mainstay of infectious disease prevention and health promotion. Infants, children and adults benefit from vaccines the most when they are given on the recommended schedules. However there are times when this is not possible as children come to the physician a little early, or a little late, or had unavailable records and so received addition vaccine, etc. There are many questions that arise because of these timing issues such as the one above. Standard vaccine schedules can be reviewed here. Commonly administered vaccines includes: Live-attenuated vaccines Cholera Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news