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

The Real Reasons that Parents Have Stopped Vaccinating Their Kids

Scientists have a lot of theories — not a lot of them flattering — about why some people have stopped vaccinating their children. But those are just theories. If we want to save lives, it's time for us to figure out what's really causing this outbreak of vaccine hesitancy, and do something about it. » 4/25/14 5:21pm 4/25/14 5:21pm

Chili's Cancels Fundraising for Anti-Vaccination Autism Group

Chili's had planned to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, an organization that claims vaccines "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children." This evening, Chili's announced it will be canceling the event based on feedback received from its guests. » 4/06/14 7:54pm 4/06/14 7:54pm

Chili's Will Donate 10% of Customers' Checks to Anti-Vaxxers on April 7

Chili's intends to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, in honor of National Autism Awareness month. The problem? The NAA claims on its website that vaccines can trigger or exacerbate autism in "some, if not many, children." Dammit not this again. » 4/05/14 5:35pm 4/05/14 5:35pm

Why anti-vaxxers might be creating a world of more dangerous viruses

In science fiction, we see all kinds of nightmare viruses that evolve immunity to vaccinations. The scary part? It could actually happen in real life, especially if anti-vaxxers encourage people not to get vaccinated. Populations with pockets of non-vaccinators are more likely to evolve vaccine-resistant viruses than… » 1/01/14 10:00am 1/01/14 10:00am