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Booster jab plea as mumps cases rise

The data shows there were 795 cases of the highly contagious viral disease recorded in the first quarter of this year – extrapolated for the whole of 2019 it would equate to 3,180. This is almost five times more than the 145 recorded in the first quarter of 2016 – or 580 for the year. […]

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Developing a vaccine against Nipah virus

Nipah virus is a type of RNA virus transmitted from animals to humans. The infection causes severe respiratory illness and symptoms including cough, headache and fever, which can progress into encephalitis, seizure and coma. Currently, there is no approved vaccine against Nipah virus available on the market. In recent years, outbreaks, from bat-to-human or pig-to-human […]

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Research explains public resistance to vaccination: Same force that influences economics and physics complicates efforts to prevent disease

Why is it so challenging to increase the number of people who get vaccinated? How does popular resistance to vaccination remain strong even as preventable diseases make a comeback? A new study from Dartmouth College shows that past problems with vaccines can cause a phenomenon known as hysteresis, creating a negative history that stiffens public […]