Study predicts 2018 flu vaccine will have 20 percent efficacy

Public Release: 19-Apr-2018 Rice U. study finds egg adaptations will limit efficacy of new flu vaccine Rice University IMAGE: Michael Deem and Melia Bonomo. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University A Rice University study predicts that this fall’s flu vaccine — a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 — will likely have the same…

Why has mumps reemerged in the United States?

Public Release: 21-Mar-2018   American Association for the Advancement of Science A recent resurgence in mumps cases in the U.S. may be due to weakening immune protection from the mumps vaccine, researchers report. They say the results of their modeling studies suggest that a booster dose at age 18 may help control outbreaks of the…

Chicken pox vaccine linked with shingles at the vaccination site in some children

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/pde.13415/full Public Release: 9-Feb-2018 Wiley New research in Pediatric Dermatology reports several cases of shingles that developed at the original vaccination site in healthy children after they were immunized against chicken pox. Most of these cases were initially misdiagnosed as other skin rashes. While some of these patients underwent tests to help make the diagnosis,…

Vaccine Resistant Flu strains are evolving as dominant strains

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017 How well will the flu vaccine work this winter? University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston GALVESTON, Texas — The most effective way of preventing seasonal influenza is to be vaccinated each autumn. The reason that people are encouraged to get vaccinated annually is because flu virus can cause severe disease. One…

How flu shot manufacturing forces influenza to mutate

Public Release: 30-Oct-2017   Egg-based production causes virus to target bird cells, making vaccine less effective Scripps Research Institute   IMAGE: The L194P egg-adaptive mutation dramatically increases the motility of the major epitope on the hemagglutinin of influenza H3 viruses. Red: high motility; white: medium motility; blue: low motility. Credit: Wilson Lab LA JOLLA, Calif.…

Mystery surrounds the missing ingredients of the smallpox vaccine

Public Release: 18-Aug-2017 Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine Publicase Comunicação Científica Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by variola virus that has killed millions of people over the centuries. The disease is characterized by the growth of innumerable bumps that cover the entire body of the patient. The disease is fatal…

Rotavirus vaccine increases the risk of the intestines folding, there is a better way to vaccinate

Public Release: 22-May-2017 Rotavirus vaccination in infants and young children Slightly increased risk of intussusception Deutsches Aerzteblatt International COLOGNE. Rotaviruses (RV) are the commonest cause of diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. To protect against rotavirus infection, in 2013 the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO, Ständige Impfkommission) in Germany recommended rotavirus vaccination for all…

Europe the most skeptical in the world on vaccine safety, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia the least

Key country and regional data Regions ranked by confidence in the safety of vaccines Southeast Asian Region (4.4% of people disagree that vaccines are safe) – most confident African Region (7.4%) American Region (8.3%) Eastern Mediterranean Region (9.4%) Western Pacific Region (15.0%) European Region (15.8%) – least confident Countries most confident in the safety of…