Laurie Garrett has some advice for everyone working in public health and global health: “Never let your guard down.”

From 2013-2017 the US government paid some $229 million per year to patients who claimed vaccines harmed them. For any other drug, manufacturers would be liable for harm done. But decades ago the possibility of bank-breaking lawsuits discouraged drugmakers from getting…

An Ebola outbreak rages. Prices of medicines and vaccines continue to climb skyward. Health care costs force 100 million people into extreme poverty. The globe’s preeminent health organization has been massively reorganized—and needs a new budget. Delegates to the 72nd…

Yesterday Texas lawmaker Jonathan Stickland railed against leading vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, accusing him of “sorcery” and “self enriching ‘science’” on Twitter, The Washington Post reports. Hotez had tweeted his concerns in light of a new report that found more Texas…

Before the US FDA greenlit the world’s first dengue vaccine last week, Dengvaxia made headlines for a deployment in the Philippines that led to criminal charges. After its 2016 rollout, concerns emerged that the embattled vaccine given to 100,000 Philippine children could…

Akon Mathiong is mourning 2 young grandsons, who died of measles last week in South Sudan.   Both had been vaccinated—spurring concerns of compromised vaccines.   A Kuajok doctor reports more than 10 cases among vaccinated children since January, amid an outbreak that has…

Rohingya parents who had never heard of chickenpox are getting a crash course, with ~65,000 cases cropping up in the last few months in the Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh refugee camps. Mohammad Ahsanul Kabir, a physician there, says the Rohingya evidently had little exposure to…

A hateful tactic by anti-vaxxers: Encouraging each other to target grieving mothers of children who are ill or have passed away.   Online antivax group members will post horrific messages on parents’ social media, ostensibly to traumatize immunization advocates. Messaging…

Van Badham’s vaccine-hesitant pediatrician told her mother she didn’t need vaccines—but at age 17, she almost died of measles.   Soon after, as measles made her body forget its existing immunities, she caught chicken pox, rubella, mumps, and whooping cough. She hopes her…

For 30-odd years, tetanus had been an “almost mythical” ailment in Oregon, the horrors of which most doctors had only seen in textbooks. Then in 2017, an unvaccinated 6-year-old boy contracted tetanus while playing on a farm, The Washington Post reported.