July 6, 2000 (Washington) -- Good news on the vaccine front: The vaccination rate for U.S. children has reached its highest rate ever, according to statistics released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. "Thanks in large part to these high immunization rates, we have seen a brea
June 15, 2000 (Washington) -- Even though more Americans than ever are getting vaccinations, the system supporting the effort is "unstable," according to a new report from a panel of experts commissioned by a congressional committee. At the same time, another congressional panel took a hard look Thu
May 15, 2000 (Boston) -- It's tick season, and that nasty little bug is out to get your kids. But researchers announced some encouraging news Monday in the fight against Lyme disease. For the first time, a vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in protecting children 4-18 years of age from
March 28, 2000 (Cleveland) -- Although up to 30% of children vaccinated with the chicken pox vaccine could have a recurrence of chicken pox, parents should not be concerned. According to a study in the April issue of the journal Nature Medicine, the virus's reactivation only produces mild symptoms a
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?