People older than 50 and those having chronic illnesses or with weaker immune systems are advised to take vaccines against Streptococcus pneumonia (S. pneumonia) to prevent pneumonia that still causes a high number of deaths among humans.
Conflict in Afghanistan and vaccination problems in Pakistan have led to a rise in polio cases there, imperiling efforts to wipe out the disease worldwide, a study said Wednesday.
The A(H1N1) “swine flu” 2009 pandemic probably claimed over a quarter of a million lives — 15 times more than the 18,500 reported — a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal said Tuesday.
Vaccination against hepatitis B seems to protect against the virus for 25 years, suggesting that booster shots are unnecessary, according to a study from Taiwan that covered several thousand people.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed four new cases of Japanese encephalitis in Taiwan yesterday and urged the public to take precautions against mosquito bites during the disease's peak transmission period of June-July.
Taipei recorded its first imported case of malaria this year in May, the city's Department of Health said in a statement yesterday.
Hong Kong health authorities on Saturday urged the public not to panic after the southern Chinese city reported its first human case of bird flu in 18 months in a 2-year-old boy.
The father of a young Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacteria says his daughter is now breathing on her own.
Researchers said Monday they were a step closer to developing a vaccine against the type of meningitis that mostly affects Europe and North America and kills hundreds every year.
More Americans died in 2007 of hepatitis C infection, which causes incurable liver disease, than from the virus that causes AIDS, U.S. health authorities said this week.