There is something that you and I both do 23,000 times each day. Breathe. Inhale life-sustaining oxygen, without which we’d only survive a handful of minutes. Breathing shouldn’t be a privilege. But it is. Around the world, pneumonia makes breathing impossible for too many…

Despite countless breakthroughs in medicine since the 1918 flu pandemic, one key advance continues to elude researchers. Without a universal vaccine to combat ever-changing flu strains, another pandemic threatens to overwhelm US health care system, warns Tom Inglesby, MD…

Journalist Cynthia Gorney could have written a piece about vaccine skepticism—what many westerners now think of when they hear the word vaccine. Instead, the University of California, Berkeley journalism professor chose to tell a story less told: how to get enough…

What would it take to vaccinate the world? International collaboration plus a whole lot of funding and innovation. Vaccine development is astonishingly expensive and can take decades. Globally, groups like the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Médecins Sans Frontières work…

Muslims in the southeast Indian state of Kerala are being targeted for anti-vaccination propaganda via social media, texts and WhatsApp messages.   The messaging falsely claims that vaccinations kill or sicken children—with specific fearmongering toward Muslims. “What this…

Both sides of Yemen’s devastating civil war are reconsidering mass deployment of cholera vaccines to tackle an outbreak that has killed 2,167 since April.   In June, International Coordinating Group pledged 1 million vaccines—but that was deemed inadequate. A delicate…

After testing it on over 100 Oxford University medical students, an experimental typhoid vaccine could be part of a new norm for vaccine administration.

Blame camels for the persistence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, first identified in a Saudi Arabian man in 2012, says Michael Osterholm, director of CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota and author of “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”MERS is a…

Gardasil has been around for 10 years and is known to prevent HPV-related cancers. But most children aren’t receiving it, according to the CDC.Only 50% of girls and 38% of boys had all the required dosages last year—nowhere near the 80% coverage experts want. HPV is known…

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.