Science/Research


Meningitis B and Your College Student: Preventing the Call

Emily was a college student when she called home complaining of a headache - 36 hours later she passed away due to serogroup B meningococcal disease, but her organ...


Most Popular Posts of 2017 Address Flu, Vaccine Safety, Disease Outbreaks and Maternal Vaccines

In these final days of 2017, we hope you will revisit the top ten posts from the past year and share them with others in your social networks.  They address such pressing...


Flu Vaccine Benefits Go Beyond Effectiveness of One Strain

There seems to be a lot of speculation recently about how effective the influenza (flu) vaccine will be at preventing cases of influenza this season. It's important to understand...


Vaccine Hesitancy Often Tied to Moral Foundations of Liberty and Purity

Recent behavioral research suggests that there is often a moral difference between people who accept vaccines and people who refuse them.  Parents who are most reluctant to vaccinate appear...


How One Man is Credited With Saving 8 Million Lives a Year  

Hailed as one of the world’s greatest scientists, Dr. Hilleman helped develop 9 of the 14 routinely recommended vaccines in the U.S. And in 1957, he was the first...


Take it From This Mom, the Flu is No Joke

The words “just the flu” need to be eradicated from our lexicon. There’s no “just” about this. It was terrifying. It was the most helpless I’ve ever felt as a...


Scientists Travel to Remote Village in Search of Clues to Monkeypox Virus

Animal-borne infectious diseases that jump to humans are on the rise. This year, outbreaks of monkeypox, a rare but fatal disease have been spreading across Africa. In...


In “The Pathological Optimist” Wakefield Profits From False Hope and a Disproved Autism-MMR Hypothesis

"The Pathological Optimist" follows Wakefield on a cross-country, money-seeking tour targeting parents of children with autism. He isn’t raising money for research on autism’s causes or cures. Rather, he’s...


What Signals the Start of Flu Season?

One might think that flu season starts with the arrival of vaccine in the local pharmacy or provider’s office.  Others might believe that flu season in the U.S. begins...


Evaluating the Safety of Flu Vaccination in Pregnancy

The decision to get a flu vaccination in pregnancy is one that should be based on a complete evaluation of the scientific evidence that is available.