The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new shingles vaccine that promises to be more effective and long-lasting than Zostavax, the only other shingles vaccine currently on the market.
Many people get vaccines and suffer no consequences. But that's not true for everyone. Some people get sick--very sick, and some become permanently disabled after getting a vaccine.
After decades of studies showing the flu vaccine to be safe for pregnant women, a new study is raising some doubt for women who have had multiple flu shots. A new study conducted at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin and reported in the journal Vaccine has shown an association between women getting a specific type of flu vaccine two years in a row and miscarriage. Given the limitations of the data and the relatively small number of women in the study, however, it is too early to know if the results reflect a real biological association between vaccination and miscarriage, or if the women in the study who miscarried did so for other reasons.
Flu season is on the way, and soon many people will be lining up to get their yearly flu shots. While flu shots can prevent this common illness-- which can be particularly devastating for older people and those with compromised immune system -- it's worth remembering that flu shots are not without their risks.
Thimerosal is a preservative that is used in vaccines to prevent growth of harmful bacteria. While thimerosal has been in use in vaccines since the 1930s, some are concerned about the preservative because it contains mercury. For this reason, thimerosal is being used less often in newer vaccines, and has not been used in children's vaccines since 2001. Thimerosal, however, has never been banned by the Federal Government. Its use in vaccines has been limited by legislation in some states.
Shoulder pain is one of the most common types of vaccine-related injuries. But a new vaccine delivery method could make those injuries a thing of the past. That's because a new microneedle patch could, if widely adopted, eliminate the need for medical professionals to use needles when administering vaccines.
Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration are the most common injury reported at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). These injuries occur as a result of a combination of physical damage from the needle and inflammation response triggered by the vaccine itself.
In order to travel, whether for a backpacking trip with friends or to study abroad, you need to get vaccinated. Even when visiting common vacation destinations such as Cancun or the Bahamas, the CDC recommends that you get routine vaccinations and additional vaccinations for common diseases in the area, such as typhoid or hepatitis.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 54 million adults in the U.S. were diagnosed with arthritis in the US between 2013 and 2015. That is more than 22 percent of the population.
Millions of doses of vaccines are distributed each year. An injury or death after receiving a vaccine is rare, but it can happen. In fact, more than 1,100 petitions were filed with that National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 2016. Those petitions represent a fraction of the total number of people who have suffered an injury or lost a loved one as a result of a vaccine.