vaccinations

FDA chief: Feds may have to step in on state vaccine laws

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in.

Officials hope to change minds amid measles outbreak

Officials in Clark County, Washington, publish a list every day of where people infected with measles have been. Among them: busy spots like Concourse D at Oregon's Portland International Airport on January 7 and the sold-out Portland Trail Blazers' home game four days later. There's also a Costco, a Trader Joe's, numerous schools, day-care centers and churches, a swimming pool and even a trampoline par

North Carolina chickenpox outbreak blamed on vaccination exemptions

A chickenpox outbreak among students at Asheville Waldorf School in North Carolina has grown to 36 cases as of Monday, and exemptions from vaccination were a contributing factor, according to the Buncombe County Health Department, which has been monitoring the situation since the end of October.

Child first reported flu death in Florida, state reports

A Florida child was the state's first to die this season due to flu-related illness during the week ended Oct. 6, according to the state's Department of Health. The child had not received a flu vaccination.

CDC: Rates of unvaccinated, exempted children on rise

The percentage of young kids in the U.S. who received no vaccine doses has continued to rise, as have vaccine exemption rates, according to two reports published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.