Vaccination

Used for more than a thousand years, vaccination is the best method to prevent infectious diseases. It has eliminated smallpox, polio, measles and tetanus from most parts of the world. Despite this success, the anti-vaccination movement has many supporters and gained popularity, so much so that experts fear the return of nearly eradicated diseases. At present, several campaigns are underway to vaccinate against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Summaries

Scientists welcome the first compelling evidence that vaccines can prevent COVID-19 – but questions remain about how much protection they offer, and for how long.

Ewen Callaway

Nature, 2020

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If approval comes before clinical trials end, this could complicate the study of vaccines’ long-term effects

David Cyranoski and Smriti Mallapaty

Nature, 2020

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Governments that are considering compulsory immunizations must avoid stoking anti-vaccine sentiment, argue Saad B. Omer, Cornelia Betsch and Julie Leask.

Saad B. Omer et al.

Nature, 2019

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Since 2016, yellow fever outbreaks have become a major public health concern

Alan D. T. Barrett

Science, 2018

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Involvement of women is critical in establishing guidelines

Allison T. Chamberlain et al.

Science, 2017

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For 35 years, researchers have been trying to beat the virus that causes AIDS. For just as long, Burt Dorman has been saying he has a faster way.

Adam Rogers

Wired, 2018

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Maggie Koerth-Baker

Aeon, 2016

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