California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that will limit religious and personal belief waivers to vaccines for schoolchildren, prompting cheers from public health advocates and jeers from anti-vaxxers. "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect…

A major trial of a new pneumonia vaccine given to 35,000 children in Kenya has returned positive results. 80% of children who received the PCV-10 vaccine showed stronger resistance to pneumonia post vaccination, VOA reports. The vaccine led to a 95% to 100% “reduction in…

A shingles vaccine due to hit the market as early as 2017 promises to be effective more than 97% of the time regardless of age, as opposed to the partial and waning protection offered by the current vaccine. The new vaccine employs an adjuvant—an added chemical whose sole…

It took military intervention for vaccinators to gain access to some areas rendered off-limits by militants, but Pakistan has seen just 24 cases so far this year, a 70% decline from the same period last year. Improved intensive vaccination efforts has turned things around…

A vaccine shortage has interrupted efforts to control a meningitis outbreak in Niger that has caused 443 deaths and more than 6,000 cases in recent months. The current outbreak came as a surprise: Since the introduction of the meningococcal A vaccine in 2010, Niger had…

True success in global vaccination requires mechanisms that can rapidly achieve long-term sustainable vaccine pricing, according to advocates working to increase global access to medicines. They take issue with Bill Gates’ recent criticism of MSF for calling for reductions…

The sharp decline in West Africa’s Ebola cases means that researchers seeking vaccine licenses must do without the efficacy data they typically have in hand first. From May 4 to 10, only 9 lab-confirmed cases were reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Thus, the phase 3…

Bacteria, and not vaccines, were to blame for the deaths of 2 babies and illnesses in 29 others reported last weekend, Mexican health authorities said yesterday. The children in the southern state of Chiapas fell ill after receiving routine vaccines against tuberculosis,…

A new microneedle patch that simplifies the vaccination process from storage to disposal may be a “game changer” for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. The patch, being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the CDC, has 100 “solid, conical…

The long-awaited RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine may be available as early as October after final trial results showed it is partially effective against the disease in African children up to 4 years after vaccination.