What are immunizations?Immunizations, also called vaccinations, help protect you or your child from diseases. When you are given an immunization, you receive a vaccine that contains fragments of a disease organism or small amounts of a weakened disease organism. The vaccine causes your immune ...
An international team of researchers has assembled a mosaic with more than 2 million pieces to complete a picture of a strain of bacteria that causes a rapidly fatal form of meningitis. Now that they have clues to the bacteria's mode of operation, researchers can design a vaccine to prevent ...
Meningococcal vaccines and herd immunity: lessons learned from serogroup C conjugate vaccination pro
Are individuals who are not vaccinated for meningococcal serogroup C conjugate less at risk for contracting the disease?
Fact sheet about the meningococcal vaccine from the CDC.
The limited ability of antibiotics to cure C. difficile infection and prevent relapse highlights the need for new strategies such as immunization.
How do we improve immunogenicity of the influenza vaccine in older adults?
WebMD explains what the flu vaccine is and whether it’s effective against all types of flu viruses including the recent outbreak of swine flu, as well as bird flu and types A, B, and C.
Vaccination has saved thousands of lives, report says, but outbreaks occurring as some people opt out
A new generation of adjuvants are emerging in effective vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer.
The current measles outbreak, which has topped 100 cases so far, is believed to have started at two Disney theme parks in California.
39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained
Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) can cause birth defects if exposure happens during pregnancy; an experimental vaccine may curb CMV infection, new research shows.
Rotavirus vaccination has dramatically improved the health of children in the USA; but long-term, indirect protection may be limited.
Five American teens reportedly developed a serious neurological condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome after being vaccinated with Menactra, which is made by Sanofi Pasteur.
How has the influenza vaccine evolved to match the evolution of influenza viruses?
Vaccine-preventable pertussis is on the rise. What new vaccine approaches can be used to control this disease?
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Meningitis vaccines can protect against most types of meningococcal disease. Should you get a vaccine for your child or teen? Here is information parents should know.