For once, the antivaccine folks might be onto something. Want to see just a few of the chemicals that get pumped into the bodies of babies from the average vaccine? Try these: 2-methyl-butyraldehide, ethyl ethanoate, tocopherol, alpha-terpanine and a wicked slug of terpinyl-acetate. It’s a wonder our kids ever make it out of babyhood.
Oh wait, my bad! Those aren’t the ingredients in a vaccine. Those are the ingredients in a blueberry. And the same is true for bananas and eggs too.
Scientists add some bizarre things to vaccines, such as aluminium and extracts from shark livers. Many vaccines simply don’t work without them – but no one knows why.
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he two leading vaccines, including one developed by BioNTech, are based on a new gene-based technology that could help fight a range of diseases.
It’s an unfortunate truth of this world that the people most benefiting from a system are the least likely to acknowledge how great it is—vaccines are just one example.
This plug-and-play technology is revolutionizing vaccinology.
Each year, influenza sickens millions of people. But typically, too few Americans get the flu shot to shield everyone from the contagious disease.
For maximum protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that 70% of Americans should get the shot. In the last decade, fewer than 50% were vaccinated annually, and sometimes, the level dipped as low as 42%.
Working in Paris and India at the turn of the last century, Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine created the world's first vaccines for cholera and plague. Then an accidental mass poisoning derailed his life.
Drug resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today. Vaccines can help.
It's one of the most important decisions you'll ever make in your life: do I vaccinate my child, and do I do it according to the CDC's recommended timetable? There's a lot of information out there from groups that both encourage and discourage vaccination. While some of what's out there is downright false, it truly is a complex issue.
Vaccines are one of the biggest breakthroughs in public health — eradicating deadly diseases like smallpox and saving untold numbers of people since they were first developed in the 18th century. Today, vaccines are being readily deployed across the world to combat potentially deadly diseases like the flu, polio, and measles. But there remains a lot of misinformation about vaccines: about how they work, about their effectiveness, and particularly that they’re somehow tied to other, unrelated health issues. The misinformation has inhibited public health goals to vaccine as many people as possible and stop the spread of dangerous pathogens, damaging the potential effect of one of humanity’s greatest tools in health care.
So far, we’ve used vaccines to entirely wipe out two diseases: smallpox and rinderpest, which infects cattle.
We’ve also come extremely close to eradicating polio, with less than 500 new cases annually, largely in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
In the United States, a long list of diseases have been nearly eradicated by vaccines: diphtheria, bacterial influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus, among others.
Still, there are many developing countries that have limited vaccine supplies and scant funding for childhood vaccination services, which has allowed preventable diseases like whooping cough and rotavirus to continue spreading.
New methods are making it easier than ever to produce life-saving vaccines—and life-taking viruses that humanity is not prepared to fight.
We now have vaccines widely available for many of the most common illnesses, such as measles and mumps. This shift in vaccine development allows us to work on potential solutions for global health threats and emergencies, such as newly emerging flu strains and future influenza pandemics, that have previously been deemed impossible.
‘For 30 years, no one wanted to touch a pregnant woman with a vaccine.’ Now, they’re indispensable life-savers for both mother and baby.
Deadly diseases that should be seen only in history books are showing up in our emergency rooms.
The vaccines we have today are pretty incredible. They've eradicated smallpox, purged rubella from the Americas, and save millions of people each year from dying of diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, and measles. When enough people get vaccinated, infectious diseases can't spread easily and everyone benefits from herd immunity. But it's hard to reach enough people for this to happen, especially in areas with poor public health infrastructure.
Vaccines are incredible: they reduced the number of cases of Rubella from 47,745 to six, more than 99 percent. Its now a disease so old and uncommon that, even though we get vaccinated for it, most of us don't really know what it is (its a bit like measles, but also different.) Vaccines are the sole reason there have been 100 percent declines in diseases that used to effect tens or hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out.
Bill Gates discusses the incredible lifesaving power of vaccines. In particular, he highlights the case of polio, which is 99 percent eradicated and within reach of being the second disease to ever be completely eliminated from the world.
Americans have received billions of doses of vaccines for everything from measles to the flu. In 30 years, very few injury claims have been filed with the federal government.
For each approved vaccine, researchers have determined that the benefits outweigh the risks.
Social media have become one of the preeminent ways of disseminating accurate information about vaccines. However, a lot of the vaccine information propagated across social media in the United States has been inaccurate or misleading. At a time when vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise, vaccine misinformation has become a cause of concern to public health officials.
As vaccine hesitancy grows, some individuals are responding by volunteering to take part in experimental vaccine trials.
A new study shows that when people are told the truth about side effects, they stick to misconceptions
A 10-year look at more than 600,000 children comes at a time when anti-vaccine suspicion is on the rise again.
The more we understand this, the better we can allay these fears.
Some of the greatest achievements in medicine have been the development of safe and effective vaccines – vaccines that protect humanity from deadly diseases. We cannot allow poor judgement and bad science to limit the use of these medical miracles.
They can appear to be the proximate cause of a condition when they have nothing to do with the ultimate cause.
The Danish researchers designed a nationwide study that included 657,461 children born between January 1999 and December 2010. Over the course of a decade, the subjects participated in follow-up exams. Of those children—not all of whom were vaccinated—6,517 went on to develop autism. The scientists analyzed those data, and concluded that the relative risk of developing autism after being administered an MMR vaccine was 0.93—statistically non-existent.
The Vaccine War is a FRONTLINE co-production with the Palfreman Film Group.Vaccines have changed the world, largely eradicating a series of terrible diseases, from smallpox to polio to diphtheria, and likely adding decades to most of our life spans. But despite the gains and numerous scientific studies indicating vaccine safety a growing movement of parents remains fearful of vaccines.
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‘For 30 years, no one wanted to touch a pregnant woman with a vaccine.’ Now, they’re indispensable life-savers for both mother and baby.
It's doubtful whether many who refuse to vaccinate are cognizant of the cost-effectiveness of vaccines, or indifferent. Nevertheless, it behooves public health authorities to remind all in society of vaccines' return on investment in addition to their health benefits.
A decade before the measles vaccine panic, parents feared this vaccine could harm their children.
A measles vaccine protects against measles infection. By introducing a bit of weakened virus, the immune system learns how to deal with it, so when a real measles virus comes along, it can eliminate it. But does the immune system learn more from the vaccine? Recent research suggests, rather intriguingly, that it does.
The 2019 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award is a gratifying validation of the work we do at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
A little-known deal protects drug companies in the U.S. from being sued—and feeds conspiracy theories in the process.
Yet for all their existing benefits and future potential, vaccines are still bedeviled by problems of perception and adoption. Patients can be suspicious of vaccines or confused by them, or they can fall into complacency, believing that certain diseases are no longer a threat.
The purpose of the project is to monitor public confidence in immunisation programmes by building an information surveillance system for early detection of public concerns around vaccines; by applying a diagnostic tool to data collected to determine the risk level of public concerns in terms of their potential to disrupt vaccine programmes; and, finally, to provide analysis and guidance for early response and engagement with the public to ensure sustained confidence in vaccines and immunisation.
The Vaccine Knowledge Project aims to be a source of independent information about vaccines and infectious diseases. We provide clear information on complex topics and back it up with references to high-quality, reliable research.
The introduction of vaccination programs has led to dramatic decreases in disease, disability, and death from many infectious diseases.Reference2 This means that many of the diseases that vaccines help prevent are rarely seen.
Our mission is to provide an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines. The institute’s goal is to work toward preventing disease using the safest vaccines possible.
The International Vaccine Institute is founded on the belief that health in developing countries can be dramatically improved by the development, introduction and use of new and improved vaccines.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic in medicine. As an independent clearinghouse for information on diseases and vaccines, NVIC does not advocate for or against the use of vaccines. We support the availability of all preventive health care options, including vaccines, and the right of consumers to make educated, voluntary health care choices.
This site provides pertinent information about childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations. You will find publications and reports on vaccine preventable diseases, vaccine safety, vaccine coverage, immunization laws, and immunization registries.
The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.
The Global Vaccine Institute...Uncensored information on how vaccines affect our children.
VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines.
PATH's Vaccine Resource Library offers a wide variety of high-quality, scientifically accurate documents and links on vaccine-preventable diseases and topics in immunization.
This site is dedicated to the promotion of safer immunization practices through the application of scientific principles to vaccine research.
This website is brought to you by the Immunization Action Coalition, a national leader in immunization education. For parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Vaccines save lives!
Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.
Voices for Vaccines is a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. Although the majority of parents choose to immunize their children against disease, most of us do not speak out about our decisions because it seems to us common sense.
The DNA Vaccine Web was launched in 1995 by Robert Whalen, one of the “DNA vaccine pioneers.” The DVW eventually became DNAvaccine.com and has always been a central resource to the fields of DNA vaccinology and non-viral gene transfer. DNAvaccine.com has helped to teach people about nucleic acid vaccines, find funding opportunities, define collaborative networks, launch new companies, and much more.
The HIV Vaccine Trials Network is an international collaboration of scientists and educators searching for an effective and safe HIV vaccine.
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for healthcare professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.
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