Misinformation on vaccines readily available online

Parents researching childhood vaccinations online are likely to encounter significant levels of negative information, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.advertisement Lead researcher Dr Lucy Elkin says negative information about vaccines remains readily available on Google, Facebook and YouTube, despite attempts by the internet platforms to better control access to misinformation through algorithm […]

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Correcting vaccine misinformation is a difficult process, study shows

The number of girls receiving HPV vaccines in Denmark plummeted after vaccine misinformation spread through Danish media outlets from 2013 to 2016. Health officials launched a campaign in 2017 aiming to correct the misinformation and encourage girls to get vaccinated.advertisement New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that, despite substantial […]

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California’s stricter vaccine exemption policy and improved vaccination rates

California’s elimination, in 2016, of non-medical vaccine exemptions from school entry requirements was associated with an estimated increase in vaccination coverage at state and county levels, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Nathan Lo of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues.advertisement Vaccine hesitancy, the reluctance or refusal to receive […]

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Improvements in vaccines against meningitis

New research from experts at the University of Nottingham could lead to an improved vaccine to protect against the bacterium, Neisseria meningitides that causes sepsis and meningitis.advertisement The findings, published today in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, could have major implications for the current meningococcal group B vaccines, Trumenba and Bexsero, both of which contain Factor […]

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Breakthrough in Zika virus vaccine

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have made significant advances in developing a novel vaccine against Zika virus, which could potentially lead to global elimination of the disease.advertisement The virology team, led by Professor Eric Gowans and Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk — based at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research and supported by The […]

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Faster, stronger rabies vaccine

Every year, more than 59,000 people around the world die of rabies and there remains no cheap and easy vaccine regimen to prevent the disease in humans. Now, researchers report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases that adding a specific immune molecule to a rabies vaccine can boost its efficacy.advertisement Previous studies have suggested that the existing rabies […]

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By targeting flu-enabling protein, antibody may protect against wide-ranging strains

Influenza virus illustration (stock image).Credit: © Axel Kock / Adobe Stock A nationwide team of researchers has found an antibody that protects mice against a wide range of potentially lethal influenza viruses, advancing efforts to design of a universal vaccine that could either treat or protect people against all strains of the virus.advertisement The study, which […]

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