March 27, 2000 (San Francisco) -- Imagine getting a vaccination without feeling any pain. Or using a super-effective inhaler that lets you take your medication by breathing rather than swallowing. Or, even better, having a dime-sized device implanted under your skin that dispenses drugs when your bo
March 7, 2000 (Cleveland) -- With all the attention given to the need for proper immunization of children, extra vaccinations may seem like a nonissue. But a study that appears in the March 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that one in five children 1 1/2 to 3 years ol
March 2, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- There's good news for developing countries still battling measles. Delivering a booster of the measles vaccine through an aerosol spray may be as effective and safer than giving injections, according to a report from South African researchers in this week's issue of th
Feb. 17, 2000 (Washington) -- Parents of infants and toddlers got some eagerly awaited news Thursday when the FDA approved the first vaccine to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease in infants and toddlers. Each year, it is estimated that the pneumococcus organism results in about 60,000 cases of ch
Jan. 26, 2000 (Los Angeles) -- Should you vaccinate your child against the flu? Two new studies suggest that the flu puts a significant number of children in the hospital each year, but the researchers raise important questions about the logistics and ultimate value of having each child vaccinated.
Jan. 18, 2000 (Boston) -- A vaccine designed to protect people against the tick-borne illness Lyme disease may be as effective and well-tolerated in children as it is in teen-agers and adults. But even if the vaccine is eventually approved by the FDA for the under-15 set, should every child get it?
Jan. 10, 2000 (Baltimore) -- Although the vaccine against varicella, or chickenpox, has been in use for some time, a large number of children aren't immunized and should be, says a document released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updating their recommendations on the vaccine. The update
Jan. 4, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Childhood vaccine recommendations for the U.S. in the year 2000 bring several major changes, but few surprises. The annual advisory is a joint effort of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the American
The bacteria, called Neisseria meningitidis group B, is responsible for most cases in the U.S. of the life-threatening infectious diseases bacterial meningitis and septicemia, which occur most often in children and young adults. "We have made such tremendous progress in the last year and a half that
Dec. 28, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Blind faith or abject fear. When it comes to controversy swirling around vaccinations, these are the two extremes. Somewhere in the middle, though, is where a battle approached fever pitch this year over mandatory vaccinations and the safety of those vaccinations. "Why thi