Millennials most likely to skip flu shot and believe 'anti-vaxxer' claims

2020-02-05 14:45

In a survey conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), an alarming number of people appear to be influenced by the anti-vax movement.

Louder for the people in the back: Another new study proving vaccinations have absolutely no link to autism

2019-07-01 13:58

“The idea that vaccines cause autism is still going around. And the anti-vaxx movement, if anything, has perhaps only grown stronger over the last 15 years... The trend that we're seeing is worrying, " explained Anders Hviid, one of the researchers who worked on a study to prove, once again, there is absolutely no link between vaccinations and autism.

Facing measles outbreaks, New York bans religious vaccination exemptions

2019-06-15 07:51

Confronted with both serious measles outbreaks and a growing anti-vaccine movement, New York lawmakers voted Thursday to ban religious exemptions that would allow parents to circumvent school-mandated vaccination.

A theatre full of 'Avengers: Endgame' viewers in California may have been exposed to measles on opening night

2019-05-02 21:09

Officials said a patient with measles went to a midnight showing of "Avengers: Endgame" in Fullerton, California, before realising she was sick.

Uber is delivering flu vaccines on Thursday – and you can get one for just R20

2019-04-29 16:16

If you have five people who want the flu shot at the same spot (and within an included major city) on Thursday, a special event will offer, by far, the cheapest private vaccination on offer.

An unvaccinated 6-year-old boy spent 57 days in the hospital recovering from tetanus, and his parents still refuse follow-up shots

2019-03-11 11:35

An unvaccinated 6-year-old boy contracted tetanus and spent 57 days in the hospital. It's Oregon's first case of pediatric tetanus in 30 years.

With mass measles outbreaks across the world in 2018 and 2019, the UN urges parents to not fall for anti-vaxx disinformation

2019-03-06 12:53

The Ukraine had the highest increase of measles cases between 2017 and 2018 with a total of 30 338, while Brazil hadn't had any cases reported in 2017 but surged to a total of 10 262 in 2018. The UN urges parents to vaccinate their children. “Lack of action today will have disastrous consequences for children tomorrow," they say.

Flu vaccines for pregnant moms protect them against whooping cough

2019-01-02 13:27

Pregnant women are increasingly susceptible to catching severe flu in their second and third trimester, making them a priority group to receive the flu vaccine.

Vaccinate your kids: "It's not a debate," say our readers

2018-11-20 14:52

Readers responded to anti-vax billboards that went up all over the US and it seems we’re more divided than ever. But there is a clear right and wrong, our readers say, quite frankly, "it's not a debate".

Why anti-vaxxers think they know more than medical experts

2018-07-13 13:04

Vaccinations have saved countless lives and untold suffering, but many adults still believe vaccines are bad for their children, despite the scientific facts and medical experts' opinions. Could pro-vaccination celebs sway their opinion?


The first chlamydia vaccine could soon be on its way. The common STI can lead to infertility, chronic pain, and an increased risk of HIV.

2019-08-14 12:38

There are 1 million new STI cases globally every day, and many current antibiotics used to treat them are becoming antibiotic resistant.

Science denialism is a litmus test for quality journalism

2019-06-25 20:43

As reporters harassed by science denialists, often wrongly described as "sceptics" as if their views on climate change, vaccinations and the age of the Earth carry any weight of evidence, we should remember the aim of science, writes George Claassen.

The authors of a study often used as the basis for kids skipping vaccines, say their research is now outdated

2019-05-28 12:48

Eleven years after they authored a study which cast some doubts over the smallpox vaccine, two scientists say the methodology used has changed radically, and consider the research outdated.

9 Common vaccine myths, busted!

2019-04-30 13:31

There are many falsehoods around vaccines. Anna Sutton helps you to arm yourself with the truth.

Italy just ruled that unvaccinated tots will be banned from kindergarten

2019-03-13 20:59

A new law was recently passed in Italy that may prevent children from attending school. Health Minister Giulia Grillo put it simply: “No vaccine, no school.”

Facebook steps up fight against vaccine misinformation

2019-03-08 11:47

Facebook has taken another step to stem the tide of misinformation about vaccinations on its platform.

As US measles outbreaks spread, why does 'anti-vax' movement persist?

2019-02-08 12:05

Measles outbreaks across the United States again puts the spotlight on parents who resist getting their kids vaccinated.

WATCH: Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea after 18 years serves as a reminder to parents to vaccinate

2018-12-06 19:57

It was eradicated decades ago but polio is back in Papua New Guinea. Here's why, all the way in South Africa, we need to vaccinate our children.

Anti-vaxx billboards are going up all over the US – here’s why it’s problematic

2018-11-13 12:34

Many people are of the opinion that not only is it unnecessary to vaccinate their children, but that it's dangerous too. And we're afraid these billboards popping up all over the U.S. will mobilise and expand the anti-vaxx movement, putting millions of lives at risk.

Fierce vaccination debate could sway Italy's general elections next week

2018-02-26 12:39

Despite a major measles outbreak in Italy last year, infecting some 5000 and causing the deaths of 4, anti-vaxxers are up in arms about the Democrats' proposed new law to make vaccinations compulsory in Italy. So much so, that it could swing the vote in the country's general elections next week.

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