Ebola, flu, measles: 7 latest stories on vaccines

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Between the worsening flu epidemic and recent measles outbreak linked to Disneyland, vaccines have been the topic of quite a few conversations lately.

Listed below are seven stories on vaccines published within the last few weeks.

1. CDC: Flu shot 23% effective this season
Getting a flu vaccine this season reduces a person's chance of going to see a physician for the flu by 23 percent.

2. Pill, vaccine to lower 'bad' cholesterol in development
Pfizer has been working on developing an oral pill and vaccine that will target PCSK9, the protein that maintains LDL or "bad" cholesterol in the bloodstream.

3. Mount Sinai Health CEO: 'Universal' flu vaccine a possibility
A flu vaccine that offers protection for years could be just a few years away, according to Kenneth Davis, MD, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

4. This season's flu vaccine isn't a 'loser,' Loyola expert says
Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that this season's influenza vaccine may not be effective against one of the more widespread strains of the flu, the vaccine still offers protection from the virus.

5. 12-year study finds measles vaccine safe, rare adverse effects
A 12-year long study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center found no increased risk for seven neurological, blood or immune system disorders related to two measles-containing vaccines.

6. Experimental Ebola vaccine by Johnson & Johnson begins trials
Johnson & Johnson began clinical trials of its experimental Ebola vaccine, making it the third vaccine currently in clinical development.

7. WHO to alter oral polio vaccination
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for the World Health Organization's plan to halt the administration of the oral polio vaccine used around the world.


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