Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake

Enlarge / The HPV vaccine is often delivered along with sex education. (credit: Pan American Health Organization / Flickr) Every year, nearly 34,000 cases of cancer in the US can be attributed to HPV, the human papillomavirus . The CDC estimates that vaccination could prevent around 93 percent of those cancers. Yet HPV vaccination rates […]

Flu jab: Are you entitled to a free vaccine? How to get immunised against the virus

Flu jab is a vaccine that helps protect people against symptoms of the influenza virus, such as a dry, chesty cough, a headache and a sore throat. The virus is known for being unpredictable, and can, in severe cases, cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, with complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. […]

Last year’s flu was brutal—killing 80,000—but vaccine did better than expected

Enlarge / Get one. (credit: Getty | Jeff Greenberg) The 2017-2018 flu season was brutal, leading to an estimated 80,000 deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations, according to new figures released Thursday, September 27, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those are the highest estimated tolls the health agency has calculated for any flu season […]

Flu jab: Symptoms the vaccine will protect you against – plus these serious complications

Flu jab is offered on the NHS each year and is available from a number of pharmacies and supermarkets. The vaccine protects against the influenza virus, an infection that affects the nose, throat and lungs. Flu vaccination delivers a weak version of one or more influenza viruses expected to do the rounds this year. So […]

Flu jab: What are the side effects? Vaccine may cause these worrying symptoms

Flu jab is routinely given to children aged two and three, children in reception class and school years one to five, and children aged two to 17 years at risk of flu. It’s also offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk of catching the virus such as people aged […]