- Kentucky officials urge residents to get flu vaccine Updated: Feb-09-16 4:05 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - State health officials are urging residents in Kentucky to get the flu vaccine now if they haven't already had it.
- Parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations rally in Oklahoma Updated: Feb-08-16 5:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Dozens of parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations for their children are rallying at the Oklahoma Capitol.
- Doctors: Meningitis threat not high for use of new vaccine Updated: Feb-06-16 7:31 pm
SANTA CLARA, California - Officials say the public health threat of meningitis isn't high enough to justify the widespread use of a vaccine approved for use in the United States in 2014.
- Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate Updated: Feb-04-16 11:48 pm
HONOLULU - After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines and saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state's process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines.
- Latin America scrambles to squash Zika-spreading mosquito Updated: Feb-04-16 12:42 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - With no hope for a vaccine to prevent Zika in the near future, authorities are focusing on the most effective way to combat the virus: killing the mosquito that carries it.
- Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil Updated: Feb-04-16 12:03 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.
- Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine Updated: Feb-02-16 9:07 am
PARIS - Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.
- UN health chief: Zika virus is 'spreading explosively' Updated: Jan-28-16 7:18 pm
GENEVA - The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, which could see up to 4 million cases over the next year, international health officials said Thursday, announcing a special meeting next week to decide if they should declare an international health emergency.
- Michigan's vaccination waiver rate drops after rule change Updated: Jan-28-16 5:21 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Fewer Michigan schoolchildren are getting immunization waivers, a drop that state health officials attribute to a year-old rule that requires parents to first talk with a local health department about the risks of not being vaccinated.
- Research begins into possibility of a vaccine for Zika virus Updated: Jan-26-16 10:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America.
- First flu death of season reported in Salt Lake County Updated: Jan-26-16 3:01 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Health officials say that a Salt Lake County resident has died of the flu, marking the county's first flu-related death this season.
- Texas health officials wary of rise in unvaccinated students Updated: Jan-25-16 1:57 pm
DALLAS - Tucked into a hillside not far from a popular nature preserve, the private Austin Waldorf School touts its individualized learning and emphasis on moral purpose. But the school with an enrollment of nearly 400 is different in another way: Nearly half its students forgo vaccinations, one of the highest rates in Texas.
- Meningitis vaccine bill dies in Nebraska Legislature Updated: Jan-20-16 2:16 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska students will not be required get vaccinations against meningitis, despite senators who argue the disease is a public health concern.
- Global Vaccine promises $5 million to develop Ebola vaccine Updated: Jan-20-16 5:50 am
LONDON - The global vaccine alliance GAVI says it will donate $5 million toward developing the leading Ebola vaccine, hoping that it will be approved by a regulator by the end of 2017.
- Immunization Director: Worst of Louisiana flu season ahead Updated: Jan-19-16 7:02 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana flu season has been quiet so far, but that could change as cases of the illness increase across the country.
- Activists seek bill to roll back HPV vaccine mandate Updated: Jan-18-16 12:44 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A group of activists is pushing legislation to remove a requirement that Rhode Island school children receive the HPV vaccine before entering the seventh grade.
- Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus Updated: Jan-18-16 11:23 am
SAO PAULO - The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies.
- Change in health care law to impact free flu vaccinations Updated: Jan-15-16 8:32 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Health care providers worry flu vaccination rates will drop when the state Health Department stops offering free shots to about half of South Dakota children later this year.
- WHO declares end to Ebola epidemic after 11,300 deaths Updated: Jan-14-16 9:11 am
GENEVA - The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over two years.
- Increased number of whooping cough cases reported in Ky. Updated: Jan-14-16 4:02 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky health officials are reporting an increased number of whooping cough cases in the state.
- Patients urged to get revaccinated after refrigeration issue Updated: Jan-13-16 12:03 pm
LEBANON, New Hampshire - A New Hampshire hospital that discovered its vaccines were stored at inconsistent temperatures is asking more than 800 children to get revaccinated.