vaccine

US panel says it’s OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

NEW YORK/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A federal panel says it’s OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn’t working against the flu bug making most people sick. But the Advisory Committee of … Continue reading US panel says it’s OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

NEW YORK /January 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the season appears to already be peaking. It’s been a rough few weeks: Hospitals have set up tents to handle patient overflow. Doctors are putting in double and triple shifts. Ambulances have been sidelined … Continue reading Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

UNICEF: Vaccines cargo to blockaded Yemen can’t be one-off

AMMAN, Jordan/November 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.N. child agency said Sunday that it has flown 1.9 million doses of vaccines to war-torn Yemen, its first aid delivery since a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels tightened a sea and air blockade earlier this month. Regional UNICEF director Geert Cappelaere described Saturday’s shipment as a “very … Continue reading UNICEF: Vaccines cargo to blockaded Yemen can’t be one-off

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

NEW YORK/September 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, … Continue reading Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women. The first volunteer was vaccinated Wednesday at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as the National Institutes of Health gears up … Continue reading US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

Pfizer lowers cost of Prevnar vaccine for some charity use

Drugmaker Pfizer says it’s reducing what it charges humanitarian groups for its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, ear and blood infections. Pfizer Inc.’s move to reduce Prevnar 13’s price to $3.10 per dose — but only for the groups’ use with refugees and in other emergency settings — follows pressure since 2009 by groups such as … Continue reading Pfizer lowers cost of Prevnar vaccine for some charity use