Debunking Flu Shot Myths Makes Some Less Likely To Get Vaccinated

Only 42 percent of adults in the U.S. get their flu shots. A key reason for this low number is the misconception that you can catch the flu from the vaccine. But, a recent study found that, when vaccine-fearing patients heard the real facts from their doctors, they were actually more reluctant to get their flu shots. » 12/09/14 1:40pm 12/09/14 1:40pm

Why Does The Flu Vaccine Suck This Year?

Did you get your flu shot? I didn't really want to (I hate needles) but as an infectious disease physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, it would be exceedingly poor form if I opted out. My job requires it, and I recommend the vaccine to just about every patient, every day. The shot doesn't actually hurt, and if… » 12/05/14 3:16pm 12/05/14 3:16pm

A Hippo Learns The Only 100% Effective Birth Control is Abstinence

As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween. » 11/07/14 12:55am 11/07/14 12:55am

​The Anti-Vaxxers Are Spreading Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The anti-vaccination movement sees itself fighting against the shadowy forces of the CDC, Big Pharma, the media and their "lies" about immunization. And now, with the Ebola outbreak, they've cranked their crazy-meter up to 11, declaring the disease to be everything from an autism cover-up to a complete fraud. » 10/13/14 1:50pm 10/13/14 1:50pm

Promising results from possible first malaria vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline has become the first to seek regulatory approval for a malaria vaccine from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Today, the results of their phase III trials have been published in PLOS Medicine, and while not completely effective, the results are still pretty promising. » 7/30/14 11:25am 7/30/14 11:25am

Vaccine Refusal Has Helped Drive U.S. Measles Cases To A 20-Year High

It's only May, and already America has seen 288 cases of measles. That's the highest number of reported cases since the disease was officially eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, and the highest number reported in the first five months of a year since 1994. Why the resurgence? Unvaccinated U.S. residents. » 5/30/14 2:00pm 5/30/14 2:00pm

New smallpox-like virus emerges


Oh man. Even though smallpox is eradicated, the cessation of smallpox vaccination has allowed the surfacing of a brand new orthopoxvirus. Two herdsmen in Georgia (ETA: the country, not the state) contracted this new virus after working with sick cattle (both recovered). You can read the abstract of the analysis of the… » 5/01/14 4:00pm 5/01/14 4:00pm