By Peter Marks MD PhD & Daniel Jernigan MD MPH – Monitoring vaccine safety is an important responsibility shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And there’s no part of America’s vaccine safety system more talked about than the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, awarded more than $1.4 billion for Project NextGen to support the development of a new generation of tools and technologies to protect against COVID-19 for years to come.
By Lauren Sausser – By the summer of 2021, Phil Maytubby, deputy CEO of the health department in Oklahoma City, was concerned to see the numbers of people getting vaccinated against covid-19 slipping after an initially robust response.
By Arthur Allen – No one studying polio knew more than Albert Sabin, the Polish-American scientist whose vaccine against the crippling disease has been used worldwide since 1959. Sabin’s oral vaccine provides lifelong immunity. It has one drawback, which Sabin, who died in 1993, fiercely disputed:
By Rachel Levine MD – The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life-saving vaccination at a global level, putting millions at risk for life-threatening diseases. We saw notable decreases in childhood vaccine ordering and administration between 2019 and 2020.
From Kaiser Health News Network – Their latest podcast, What the Health, The pandemic may be showing signs of winding down, but health care costs are not. In Massachusetts, a fight is shaping up over whether one of the most prestigious hospital systems needs to save money, while antitrust cases…
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced 20 winners of the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge, a nationwide competition to increase pediatric vaccination rates and well-child visits.
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to ensure that Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19 and to reduce stress across the nation’s health care system, CMS is encouraging those with Medicare who are fully vaccinated to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
By Kate Ruder – Melissa Blatzer was determined to get her three children caught up on their routine immunizations on a recent Saturday morning at a walk-in clinic in this Denver suburb. It had been about a year since the kids’ last shots, a delay Blatzer chalked up to the pandemic.
At its Special Meeting recently, the American Medical Association House of Delegates approved a resolution stating that only licensed physicians should determine whether a person should receive a medical exemption from vaccines.
Following the CDC’s recommendation to make 5-11 year old children eligible for COVID-19 vaccines after the FDA’s authorization, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra issued this statement on the landmark moment to increase children’s protection during this pandemic:
The Administration is requiring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The emergency regulation issued by CMS protects those fighting this virus on the front lines while also delivering assurances to individuals and their families that they will be protected when seeking care.