Predicting what fast-mutating influenza viruses will do is never easy, but the evidence so far indicates that North America should brace for a bad year. Flu season, which can start as early as October and typically peaks in January or February, kills between 12,000 and 79,…

While vaccine hesitancy has dominated headlines, access remains the chief barrier to immunization in poor countries. That was the consensus of the closing speakers at the world's first Global Vaccination Summit held yesterday in Brussels by WHO and The European Commission,…

Some doctors are trying out a new approach to sway vaccine-doubting parents—one rooted in dialogue, aimed at assuaging a parents’ hesitancy before it becomes entrenched.   Meeting with a hesitant new mother in Québec, neonatologist Arnaud Gagneur used motivational…

The term “conscientious objector” is closely associated with war—but it originally referred to people who refused vaccines. In 1800s England, after vaccination rules were loosened to allow for a “conscience clause” conscientious objection cases spiraled, sparking debate. …

Technology designed to intercept online extremism is being deployed to tackle vaccine misinformation, The Guardian reports.

Living with a chronic inflammation disorder like arthritis is enough to make anyone depressed.   But mental health issues and chronic inflammation—which are rising in tandem—may be more closely related than once thought, emerging research shows. They appear to play off of…

Wish you had an app to help you talk to the vaccine skeptics in your life?   Now you do. Verywell’s “Healthy Conversations” takes a choose-your-own-adventure approach for those striving for productive dialogue.   Playing the part of the doubter, Verywell might say:  

It’s common knowledge that the American measles outbreak is spurred by parents refusing to vaccinate their children. But what cultural phenomena led to this?  

As a measles outbreak continues to rage across the US, at least 4 California physicians are being investigated for giving “questionable” vaccine exemptions.   The CDC says medical vaccine exemptions should be rare and reserved for severe conditions. The complainant—chief of…

The human papillomavirus vaccine may be worth getting through age 45, according to the findings of a CDC advisory panel revealed yesterday, The Washington Post reports. Every year in the US, HPV-related cancers afflict some 17,500 women and 9,300 men, many of them…