• February 4, 2015   BY  

    WASHINGTON — For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks. Long-held positions can look different under the glare of the national spotlight. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, about 600 people will participate in the first large-scale Ebola vaccine trials. Tests of two potential vaccines may ultimately involve 27,000 people. Also, civilians in the embattled Donetsk province in Eastern Ukraine ran for cover as pro-Russian rebels fired rockets. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2015  

    A measles outbreak has reached 14 states and infected more than 100 people. The disease had been considered eradicated in the U.S., but parents’ skepticism about the safety and usefulness of vaccines in recent years has made room for measles to spread. In a story for Retro Report, the NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green considers the roots of the vaccine debate. Continue reading

  • February 2, 2015  

    Parents who don’t vaccinate their children due to concerns about side effects can put others at risk — even those who have been vaccinated. Gwen Ifill talks to Patsy Stinchfield of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota about the importance and safety of immunization. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2015  

    U.S. health officials say the recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Southern California continues to ripple across the nation with approximately 100 cases reported so far. How great a risk does this pose and how can people protect their children? Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Hari Sreenivasan for more. Continue reading

  • January 13, 2015  

    This year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years. Judy Woodruff talks to Dr. Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about this year’s influenza strain and the benefits and limitations of using antiviral drugs for patients sick with flu. The CDC director also gives an update on the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa. Continue reading

  • December 11, 2014  

    ‘Tis the season to be sick, and this year’s flu shot may not save you. Doctors are warning that the season could be more severe than they thought because a strain of the virus is not responding to the vaccine. Gwen Ifill gets tips for how to prepare from L.J. Tan of the Immunization Action Coalition. Continue reading

  • November 18, 2014  

    Could a small device that produces a common disinfectant be a key to helping stop the spread of Ebola? Seattle-based nonprofit organization PATH develops innovative medical tools for low-income countries. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on their recent innovations. Continue reading

  • August 28, 2014  

    An Ebola vaccine may be ready for human testing as early as next week. Though the vaccine is in its first stage of testing with humans, it showed favorable results in an infected monkey. Gwen Ifill learns more from Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Continue reading

  • August 28, 2014  

    There have been 3,000 cases of Ebola virus confirmed in the current outbreak, but the World Health Organization forecasts that the total number could top 20,000 and spread to 10 additional countries. In response, the agency is rolling out a $490 million plan over the next nine months to stem the outbreak. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading