Vaccine refusers in Brooklyn, New York catalyzed a 2013 measles outbreak that cost the city health department almost $400,000 and 10,000 man hours.

Nearly 100 years after the 1918 flu pandemic claimed as many as 50 million lives, many of us would like to think such devastating losses will never be seen again. Unfortunately, the experts say otherwise. Despite a century’s worth of lifesaving scientific and medical…

Although it’s hard to fathom now, back in the 1930s, pertussis—or, whooping cough—was a deadly threat. It caused 6,000 deaths a year in the US, and 95% of its victims were 5 or younger.

Canadian scientists have created the extinct horsepox virus using $100,000 worth off-the-shelf genetic material, raising biosecurity concerns. Lead researcher David Evans of the University of Alberta said his goal is to develop vaccines and cancer treatments and that the…

Clinical trials to test promising new genomic vaccine technology are underway for diseases such as bird flu, Ebola, hepatitis C and HIV, reports Scientific American. Researchers are also testing similar vaccines for breast, lung and pancreatic cancer.

The EU’s highest court has ruled that people who believe a vaccine has caused them harm can sue its manufacturer without scientific proof linking the vaccine to their illness. Weighing in on a French lawsuit brought by the family of a man who developed MS soon after…

For anti-vaxxers and others with entrenched beliefs, facts alone are not enough to sway their positions. But what followed California’s 2014 measles outbreak may give a clue as to what can.

In a bid to stop another Ebola-like outbreak, a group of governments and philanthropies have pooled $460 million to invest in vaccine development against three viral diseases.   Announced yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the initiative will initially take on…

Earlier this week, a US Congressional panel suggested restrictions on human fetal tissue research.   Saying the tissue obtained from abortions is of limited use to medicine, the panel, formed after the release of undercover videos in 2015 featuring abortion providers’ role…