Vaccines News & Features
Extra Messages About HPV Shots Boost Vaccination Rates: Study
- CDC Says Child Vaccination Exemptions Hit All-Time High
November 10, 2023 — The CDC said 3% of children starting kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year received an exemption from one of the four key vaccines—the highest exemption rate ever reported in the United States.
- FDA Approves First Vaccine for Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus
November 10, 2023 — The FDA approved the first vaccine against the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted to humans through infected mosquito bites.
- New Vaccine for Meningitis Could Soon Be Available
October 26, 2023 — A new meningococcal vaccine that better protects against the rare but potentially deadly disease will soon be available.
- Many Parents Struggling to Find COVID Shots for Kids
September 26, 2023 — Doctors and the CDC recommend everyone over 6 months get the new COVID-19 vaccine as fears of complications ease.
- FDA Approves RSV Vaccine to Be Given During Pregnancy
August 22, 2023 — The long-awaited vaccine for RSV that can be given to pregnant people was approved by the FDA on Monday.
- Babies Should Get New RSV Shot This Fall: CDC
August 4, 2023 — The CDC is recommending that all babies younger than 8 months get a shot this fall or winter to protect against respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
- Moderna Says RSV Vaccine for Older Adults Is 84% Effective
January 18, 2023 — Moderna announced that its vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for older adults was 84% effective at preventing at least two symptoms of the illness and 82% effective at preventing at least three symptoms.
- Fewer Kids Being Vaccinated Against Measles, CDC Says
January 12, 2023 — For the second straight year, the percentage of schoolchildren immunized against measles fell below a critical rate necessary to prevent the virus from spreading in the community, federal health officials say.
- Is There an Alternative Vaccine Schedule?
Experts from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics talk about alternative vaccine schedules for infants.
- Why Whooping Cough Is Rising Despite a New Vaccine
A look at why whooping cough rates are rising despite a new vaccine.
- Are Childhood Vaccines Safe?
For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance -- protecting your child against disease naturally helps you sleep better at night -- but also anxiety about side effects and reactions.
- Amanda Peet Campaigns for Vaccines
Actress and mother Amanda Peet has learned from personal experience that immunizations are crucial.
- Should Your Child Get the HPV Vaccine?
WebMD discusses the arguments for and against HPV vaccination and explains the risks and benefits associated with it.
- Helping Kids Who Fear Vaccines
WebMD gives tips for helping a child who is afraid of getting a shot. Learn how parents can make the vaccine process go smoothly.
- Unraveling the Whooping Cough Epidemic
WebMD investigates the whooping cough outbreak in California and other states.
- Child Vaccines: Some Parents Ill at Ease
Does the private right of parents to not vaccinate their kids trump the greater public good?
- Get an 'A' in Vaccines
Vaccines have proved so successful in eliminating their target diseases that some parents of school-aged children have gotten a bit lax about completing the complicated battery of injections.
- How Your Vaccines are Approved
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that each year up to 50,000 children and adults are hospitalized because of the virus, and that 20 to 40 people die from it.