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Parent Concerns about HPV Vaccine Safety Growing, Study Finds

More than 1 out of 4 parents remain reluctant to vaccinate their preteens against HPV despite growing evidence of the vaccine’s safety, researchers say.

Science May Be One Step Closer to Universal Flu Vaccine

Experimental flu vaccine may ward off multiple strains of the virus for a longer period of time, study finds.

A Small Study Sheds Doubt on Some Allergic Reactions to COVID Vaccines

People who reported allergic reactions to their COVID vaccine may have actually experienced symptoms that mimic allergic reactions, researchers say.

Single Shot of New Antiviral Drug Cuts Risk of Severe Covid in Half, Study Finds

A single shot of a new drug known as ‘Peg-lambda’ significantly reduced the risk of hospitalization and death in newly diagnosed COVID patients, according to researchers.

Bivalent COVID Boosters Offer No Extra Protection, Studies Suggest

Two new studies find bivalent COVID-19 boosters aren’t more effective at boosting antibody levels compared to the original vaccine.

COVID Vaccine Boosters Appear Safe for the Heart, New Study Finds

Researchers use smartwatches to track the heart health of thousands of COVID booster recipients and find no lasting, harmful, or negative effects.

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01 Dec
Respiratory Illnesses in China Not Caused by New Virus, CDC Director Testifies

Respiratory Illnesses in China Not Caused by New Virus, CDC Director Testifies

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2023 (Healthday News) -- In testimony provided Thursday to members of Congress, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a surge in respiratory illnesses in China is not being fueled by a new virus.

Instead, the spike can ...

28 Nov
New COVID Variant Takes Hold in the United States

New COVID Variant Takes Hold in the United States

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The prevalence of a highly mutated COVID variant has tripled in the past two weeks, new government data shows.

Now, nearly 1 in 10 new COVID cases are fueled by the BA.2.86 variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preve...

16 Nov
CDC to Release Infants' RSV Shots to Help Ease Shortage

CDC to Release Infants' RSV Shots to Help Ease Shortage

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2023 -- To address a continuing nationwide shortage, more than 77,000 doses of RSV shots for infants were released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The additional doses are of Be...

16 Nov
Measles Cases Surge Worldwide, Killing 136,000 Last Year

Measles Cases Surge Worldwide, Killing 136,000 Last Year

Measles deaths are surging worldwide, prompted by a wave of infections among unvaccinated children, public health experts say.

Deaths from measles increased by 43% globally in 2022 compared to the year before, resulting from an 18% increase in measles cases, the World He...

10 Nov
Childhood Vaccine Exemptons Hit Highest Level Yet: CDC

Childhood Vaccine Exemptons Hit Highest Level Yet: CDC

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- In a sign that suggests many American parents have become dubious about the safety of childhood vaccines, new government data shows that immunization exemptions for kindergartners have reached their highest levels ever.

The lates...

10 Nov
FDA Approves First Vaccine for Chikungunya Virus

FDA Approves First Vaccine for Chikungunya Virus

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The first vaccine to prevent infection with the chikungunya virus was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

The single-dose shot, known as Ixchiq, is approved for adults who are at increased risk of expos...

09 Nov
Best Way to Prevent Cervical Cancers: Immunize Boys Against HPV, Too

Best Way to Prevent Cervical Cancers: Immunize Boys Against HPV, Too

The best way to prevent cervical cancer in women is to give HPV vaccines to both boys and girls, a new study argues.

That way, herd immunity could help eradicate the cancer-causing virus, researchers say.

Cancer-related HPV strains declined significantly in Finnish...

07 Nov
COVID Vaccine Won't Raise Miscarriage Risk

COVID Vaccine Won't Raise Miscarriage Risk

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) – A new study provides deeper insight into the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people planning to become pregnant.

Boston University researchers found no increased risk of early or late-term miscarriage resulting from either the m...

31 Oct
At-Home, Inhaled Flu Vaccine Could Be on Horizon

At-Home, Inhaled Flu Vaccine Could Be on Horizon

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a yearly flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from infection or severe illness, but not everyone likes shots.

Now, there is some potentially good news for those who fear needles: A nasal spray f...

27 Oct
Just 7% of U.S. Adults Have Gotten Updated COVID Vaccine

Just 7% of U.S. Adults Have Gotten Updated COVID Vaccine

Fewer Americans are rolling up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 shot, leading health experts to call for a stepped-up vaccination campaign.

Only 7% of adults and 2% of children in the United States have received the new vaccine, a nationwide survey conducted two we...

26 Oct
CDC Advisors Say High-Risk Men Should Still Get MPox Vaccine

CDC Advisors Say High-Risk Men Should Still Get MPox Vaccine

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- High-risk men should still get their mpox vaccinations even after the ongoing outbreak ends, advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday.

That vulnerable group includes men who have s...

24 Oct
Shortage of Shots That Protect Babies Against RSV Prompts CDC Alert

Shortage of Shots That Protect Babies Against RSV Prompts CDC Alert

Demand for a new shot that protects babies against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has outpaced supply, prompting U.S. health officials to recommend the doses be saved for high-risk infants.

In an alert post...

23 Oct
Pandemic Didn't Lower Parents' Trust in Childhood Vaccines

Pandemic Didn't Lower Parents' Trust in Childhood Vaccines

Lots of vaccine disinformation spread during the pandemic, and doctors worried that may have given some parents pause about not only the risks of the COVID shot, but of childhood vaccines as well.

Now, new research puts that worry to rest.

“We did not see a signi...

18 Oct
Getting COVID Raises Odds for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Vaccination Lowers Risk

Getting COVID Raises Odds for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Vaccination Lowers Risk

COVID infection can raise the risk of a rare immune system attack on the body's nerves -- but vaccination might protect against it, a large new study suggests.

The study, of more than 3 million Israeli adults and teenagers, found that COVID infection was linked to a subs...

13 Oct
More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID Shots

More Than 7 Million Americans Have Gotten the New COVID Shots

Following a rocky rollout, more than 7 million Americans have now gotten the newly updated COVID vaccines.

Unfortunately, that's still lagging behind the number who sought booster shots last fall. For the the first updated booster...

11 Oct
Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

New research points to the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine delivered through the nose.

The phase 1 clinical trial showed that the product, administered nasally in two doses, delivered a significant immune response to multiple COVID variants.

Called CoviLiv, the vac...

07 Oct
Flu Shot Season Is Here: Why You (and Your Kids) Need One

Flu Shot Season Is Here: Why You (and Your Kids) Need One

It's time to get the flu shot.

They're important not just for adults, but also for children, and keeping the whole family safe, according to an expert in pediatrics.

“You never know how bad a flu season will be,” said

05 Oct
CDC Stops Issuing New COVID Vaccination Cards

CDC Stops Issuing New COVID Vaccination Cards

Wallet-friendly cards showing proof of COVID vaccinations served a purpose early in the pandemic, but they're on their way out.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ...

05 Oct
In Early Trial, Promising Results for Moderna's Combo COVID-Flu Vaccine

In Early Trial, Promising Results for Moderna's Combo COVID-Flu Vaccine

Moderna Inc. announced Wednesday that it has seen positive early results with a new vaccine that would guard against four strains of flu plus COVID-19.

In interim findings from a Phase 1/2 trial, the vaccine showed both a strong immune response compared to the standard d...

05 Oct
Why So Many Americans Aren't Getting COVID Boosters

Why So Many Americans Aren't Getting COVID Boosters

More than 80% of eligible Americans did not get a COVID-19 booster shot last fall. Now, a new study reveals the reasons for the hesitation.

Nearly 40% of survey participants said a prior COVID-19 infection factored into their decision to not get the booster. Another 31.5...

04 Oct
FDA Approves Updated Novavax COVID Vaccine

FDA Approves Updated Novavax COVID Vaccine

Federal regulators on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to an updated Novavax COVID vaccine, giving Americans a more traditional alternative to two recently revamped mRNA vaccines.

Adolescents and adults who have previously received a COVID vaccine, but who haven't gotten the ne...

02 Oct
Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to COVID Vaccine Pioneers

Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to COVID Vaccine Pioneers

This year's Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to two scientists who laid the groundwork years ago for the mRNA research that made COVID-19 vaccines possible.

Dr...

29 Sep
Biden Administration Says Insurance Issues With COVID Shots Mostly Fixed

Biden Administration Says Insurance Issues With COVID Shots Mostly Fixed

Despite reports of trouble last week where some people may have been denied insurance coverage while seeking COVID shots at pharmacies, the Biden administration said Thursday those issues have been ironed out.

That issue is "largely, if not completely," resolved after U....

29 Sep
Getting COVID Shot During Pregnancy Helps Protect Newborns, CDC Study Finds

Getting COVID Shot During Pregnancy Helps Protect Newborns, CDC Study Finds

When pregnant women get a COVID vaccine, it helps protect their newborns from the virus, a new government study shows.

"These findings indicate that maternal vaccination during pregnancy could help prevent COVID-19--related hospitalization in infants too young to be vacc...

27 Sep
Just 23% of U.S. Adults 'Definitely' Plan to Get New COVID Shot

Just 23% of U.S. Adults 'Definitely' Plan to Get New COVID Shot

Just 23% of American adults say they 'definitely' will get the new COVID-19 vaccine, while another 23% say they will 'probably' get it, according to a new poll, which also finds interest in the shot falls along partisan lines.

More people plan to get seasonal flu shots a...

25 Sep
President Biden Gets COVID, Flu Shots

President Biden Gets COVID, Flu Shots

President Joe Biden has been freshly vaccinated for three major respiratory viruses that could spread widely this fall and winter.

Biden got both the updated COVID booster and his annual flu shot on Friday, White House physician

22 Sep
RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Help Shield Newborns Receives Full U.S. Approval

RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Help Shield Newborns Receives Full U.S. Approval

Women may soon have a vaccine they can take during a pregnancy to help protect their newborn from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Following approval one month ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday also a...

22 Sep
Many Americans Frustrated in Search for Low-Cost COVID Boosters

Many Americans Frustrated in Search for Low-Cost COVID Boosters

Americans seeking out the new COVID boosters are finding themselves held back by insurance entanglements and supply delays.

Some insurers have balked at covering the vaccines, with people arriving at shot appointments only to be told that they'll have to pay $100 or more...

21 Sep
Today's COVID Is Increasingly Looking Like a Cold or Flu

Today's COVID Is Increasingly Looking Like a Cold or Flu

Symptoms of mild COVID-19 infection have shifted this season, and now are more akin to those of allergies and the common cold, doctors say.

Many people with COVID-19 now are presenting with upper respiratory symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and a sore throat, said <...

15 Sep
It's Time to Start Preparing Against Flu, RSV & COVID-19

It's Time to Start Preparing Against Flu, RSV & COVID-19

Kids are back in school and it's time to think about viruses, for both yourself and them.

It could be an early flu season in the United States, if what happened in the Southern Hemisphere offers any insight, according to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

The flu...

14 Sep
A COVID Vaccine-by-Mouth Could Be on the Way

A COVID Vaccine-by-Mouth Could Be on the Way

An oral vaccine for COVID-19 appears to produce the sort of immune response that could quickly stamp out a developing infection, according to results from a small-scale primate study.

Some monkeys given an experimental COVID vaccine tablet under their tongue developed th...

12 Sep
CDC Panel Gives Support to New COVID Booster Shots

CDC Panel Gives Support to New COVID Booster Shots

Following on an approval granted Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an expert panel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday also signed off on new COVID boosters for Americans.

Final approval is expected from CDC Director Dr. Ma...

11 Sep
FDA Approves New COVID Booster Shots

FDA Approves New COVID Booster Shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday gave the green light to new COVID boosters for Americans, setting the stage for the updated vaccines to become available within days.

The COVID-19 shots from Pfizer and Moderna will join the flu shot and newly approved RSV ...

11 Sep
In Good News for U.S., Flu Vaccine Working Well in South America

In Good News for U.S., Flu Vaccine Working Well in South America

In a finding that should ease the minds of Americans ahead of another flu season, this year's vaccines have already cut the risk of hospitalization in half during the South American winter, health officials report.

Even better, the flu virus strains that have been detect...

07 Sep
Anti-Vax Trend May Harm Pet Dogs, With Half of Owners Against Immunization

Anti-Vax Trend May Harm Pet Dogs, With Half of Owners Against Immunization

Some people mistrust the safety and effectiveness of human vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases, a fact that became abundantly clear during the pandemic.

Now, a new survey of 2,200 dog owners shows this mistrust may often extend to canine vaccinations.

The fin...

07 Sep
FDA Approval of New COVID Boosters Could Come by Friday

FDA Approval of New COVID Boosters Could Come by Friday

New COVID-19 booster shots could soon pass the needed hurdles for vaccinations to begin next week.

Sources familiar with U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans say boosters could be approved as soon as Friday, NBC News reported.

The U.S. Centers for Disea...

07 Sep
Making Sure You Don't Get RSV This Winter: An Expert Offers Tips

Making Sure You Don't Get RSV This Winter: An Expert Offers Tips

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common viral infection that affects people of all ages, with infants and older adults being particularly vulnerable to severe complications.

Preventing the spread of RSV requires a multi-pronged approach that includes vaccination, ...

07 Sep
Study Confirms Effectiveness of Mpox Vaccine

Study Confirms Effectiveness of Mpox Vaccine

While it doesn't prevent infection altogether, new research shows the mpox vaccine does reduces the severity of disease in those who fall ill from the virus.

An international team of scientists found that those people who had either mpox vaccination or a previous infecti...

06 Sep
Moderna Says Updated COVID Shot Shields Against Highly Mutated New Variant

Moderna Says Updated COVID Shot Shields Against Highly Mutated New Variant

Some good news for folks who are worried about the new, troublesome COVID variant known as BA.2.86: Moderna Inc. said Wednesday that its updated vaccine held its own against this highly mutated version of the virus.

While approval for the newest version of the vaccine i...

29 Aug
Rising COVID Hospitalizations, New Variants Have Americans on Edge

Rising COVID Hospitalizations, New Variants Have Americans on Edge

A new COVID-19 surge is underway, with seasonal changes and new variants fueling an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.

A new Omicron variant, named Eris, has become dominant in the United States amid signs that an even more highly evolved COVID variant called BA.2....

25 Aug
Updated COVID Vaccines Will Roll Out Mid-September, Officials Say

Updated COVID Vaccines Will Roll Out Mid-September, Officials Say

New COVID-19 booster shots, reworked to target variants circulating now, could be available by mid-September.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve them in a few weeks, CNN reported, citing unnamed senior administration officials.

Th...

24 Aug
U.S. Kids' HPV Vaccination Rate Has Stalled

U.S. Kids' HPV Vaccination Rate Has Stalled

For the first time in a decade, the rate at which American adolescents received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has not increased, new data show.

Current

24 Aug
U.S. Wastewater Tests Spot Highly Mutated Variant of COVID-19

U.S. Wastewater Tests Spot Highly Mutated Variant of COVID-19

Public health officials have detected the new BA.2.86 variant of COVID-19 in U.S. wastewater, giving rise to concerns about the highly mutated variant in the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced

24 Aug
COVID Vaccine Boosters Crucial for Some Cancer Patients: Study

COVID Vaccine Boosters Crucial for Some Cancer Patients: Study

Cancer patients with immune systems weakened by treatment are among the groups most concerned about the continued spread of COVID-19 and the chance of the infection becoming severe.

New research suggests more guidance on how often these patients ne...

22 Aug
FDA Approves RSV Vaccine for Pregnant Women to Help Shield Newborns

FDA Approves RSV Vaccine for Pregnant Women to Help Shield Newborns

Women may soon have a vaccine they can take during a pregnancy to help protect their newborn from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), following U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the shot, called Abrysvo, on Monday

The vaccine is designed to be given to pregnan...

22 Aug
Poll Shows Who Americans Trust (and Don't Trust) for Health News

Poll Shows Who Americans Trust (and Don't Trust) for Health News

Misinformation about health and medicine is rampant in the United States, with far too many Americans being presented false claims and left wondering what to believe, a new survey reports.

At least 4 in 10 people say they've heard 10 specific false claims about COVID-19,...

21 Aug
Vaccines Against Shingles, Pneumonia May Also Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

Vaccines Against Shingles, Pneumonia May Also Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

Certain adult vaccines, including shingles and pneumonia shots, may also help seniors fight off Alzheimer's disease, new research reveals.

Prior vaccination with the shingles vaccine, pneumococcus vaccine or the tetanus and diphtheria shot, with or without an added ...

21 Aug
Does Prior Omicron Infection Shield Against Future Infection? Maybe Not

Does Prior Omicron Infection Shield Against Future Infection? Maybe Not

People may assume that a COVID-19 infection protects them the next time they encounter the virus, but that's not necessarily true.

A new study of 750 vaccinated seniors living in retirement homes and long-term care facilities found that those infected during the first om...

17 Aug
'Do Your Own Research': Was It Dangerous Advice During the Pandemic?

'Do Your Own Research': Was It Dangerous Advice During the Pandemic?

The idea of “doing your own research” didn't begin with the pandemic, but new research suggests that those who follow that ideology have been more likely to believe COVID misinformation.

“We had heard the phrase a lot before,” prior to the pandemic, said research...

16 Aug
Pediatricians' Group Urges That All Infants Get New RSV Shot

Pediatricians' Group Urges That All Infants Get New RSV Shot

All infants should receive the new long-acting preventive monoclonal antibody for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the nation's leading pediatrics group said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged that access to the new medication, called nirsevimab, be equita...

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