Pediatrics

Is maternal vaccination safe during breastfeeding?

In light of the continuing anti-vaccination movement, a provocative new article provides a comprehensive overview of the potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women. The article, which determined that only smallpox ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Fighting the vaccine wars on the side of science

More lives have been saved by vaccines than any public health initiative, save clean water – yet millions of people worry that vaccines are a threat to themselves and their children. Such fears result in vaccination rates ...

Medications

Smallpox vaccine study yields favorable results

Officials from Bavarian Nordic yesterday announced the results of a successful Phase 3 clinical trial led by USAMRIID that demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the company's investigational, non-replicating smallpox vaccine, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

A necessary retelling of the smallpox vaccine story

A curious confluence of events unfolded Tuesday night. Just hours before President Obama uttered the powerful "science and reason matter" in his farewell address, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced that the incoming president ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The search for a universal influenza vaccine

No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Polio eradication effort challenged, but not derailed

Decades of innovation, collaboration and old-fashioned sweat and tears have yielded the fewest polio cases to date, with the world on the cusp of complete eradication of polio. Yet to date, smallpox is the only disease that ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

The history of vaccinations and how smallpox was eradicated

It was called the "most dreadful scourge of the human species." It killed at least one-third of the people it infected. It decimated entire populations, striking old and young, rich and poor alike.

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