FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation To Novartis’ Meningitis B Vaccine

Forbes, April 7, 2014
by David Kroll

Novartis AG in Basel announced early this morning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation – a rapid development track – for potential approval of Bexsero®, their innovative vaccine…

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How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

NPR, April 6, 2014

Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers have linked to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B & C
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Watch Event Recordings

Video of this conference is now available at online! (See below for links to specific panels.) At our second Annual Health…

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With Outbreaks, States Push Back On Anti-Vaccine Movement

WBUR's "On Point", January 9, 2014

The last ten or fifteen years have been a rough road for childhood vaccines and vaccination.  After a century in which they became the great bulwark against all kinds of…

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Five pressing health priorities in 2014

The Washington Post, December 28, 2013
by Brady Dennis

As head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas Frieden oversees an agency with the sprawling mission of reining in diseases in the United States and across the globe.…

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Health Policy Brief:

HealthAffairs Blog, October 10, 2013
by Chris Fleming

A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explains key elements of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), a provision of the Affordable Care Act.…

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National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
by Health Resources and Services Administration

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program website provides resources on compensation for injuries from certain vaccines, as well as related data and statistics.

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Vaccines and Immunizations: Requirements and Laws

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This site provides information on school requirements, state requirements, exceptions and consent forms.

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National Vaccine Program Office

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Vaccine Program Office of the Department of Health and Human Services provides resources relating to its role in ensuring collaboration among the many Federal agencies involved in vaccine…

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The National Network for Immunization Information

The National Network for Immunization Information is an affiliate of a number of professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics, that seeks to…

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The Greenwall Foundation

VaccineEthics is a blog, originally developed at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, to track, discuss, and study the ethical issues associated with vaccines and vaccination programs.

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Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism

Institute of Medicine

In this report, the Immunization Safety Review Committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism, as well as…

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Retraction of the Wakefield Paper

by Editors of The Lancet

In 1998, Wakefield et al. published a paper in The Lancet suggesting an association between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorder, providing the foundation for a wave of vaccination…

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The Ethics and Politics of Compulsory HPV Vaccination

New England Journal of Medicine
by James Colgrove

This Perspectives piece addresses the issues surrounding compulsory vaccination.

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Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

New England Journal of Medicine
by Saad B. Omer, et al.

This article reviews the evidentiary basis for school immunization requirements and some of the individual and community risks of vaccine-preventable diseases associated with vaccine refusal.

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A Proposed Ethical Framework for Vaccine Mandates: Competing Values and the Case of HPV

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
by Robert I. Field and Arthur L. Caplan

This article offers a framework for evaluating vaccine mandates, with autonomy on the one hand, which militates against government intrusion, and beneficence, utilitarianism, justice, and nonmaleficence on the other, which…

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