- The vast majority of U.S. kindergarten-age children are vaccinated against preventable diseases but sizable pockets of unprotected children still exist, posing a public health threat.
- Two recent studies show that potential candidates for a universal flu vaccine are effective in animal subjects, suggesting scientists are on the right track.
- Cases of chickenpox hospitalizations are decreasing, even among unvaccinated populations, suggesting herd immunization is working.
- Mumps is continuing to spread across the University of Illinois campus, and officials are alarmed.
- Our immune system is one of many things that doesn't function as well when we get older. Could simple antioxidants help preserve it?
- Yes, vaccines have chemicals, but not nearly enough to worry about.
- Global health specialists believe the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine after trial in Guinea delivers "remarkable" results.
- Scientists observed the effect of an imperfect vaccine on chickens and found that the consequences are worrisome.
- A form of immunotherapy produced significant results in over 70 percent of patients with advanced multiple myeloma.
- Researchers are finding that the way immune cells metabolize cholesterol affects the progression of HIV to AIDS.
- Currently just two states require the HPV vaccine for teens, a number that is far lower than state requirements the hepatitis B vaccine.
- A resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases looks like it has spurred parents into thinking more rationally about vaccinating their children.
Immune System Disorders
An immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. In order to function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue. A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.