| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:43 PM
With 405 reports of severe influenza cases -- deaths, or hospitalizations requiring intensive care -- 2013-2014 is shaping up to be the most severe since 2009's swine flu pandemic, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 5:37 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Militants again took aim at a polio vaccination campaign in this provincial capital, killing one police officer and injuring another Sunday morning with a bomb blast.
Police official S.P. Rahim Shah told reporters that a...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Eighteen state legislatures, including California's, have considered exemptions to immunization mandates in the last several years — and the issue remains a topic of debate, researchers said Tuesday.
Most of the bills introduced in those 18 states...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Confirmed influenza deaths of Californians under the age of 65 reached 202 this week, state health officials said, with 26 deaths confirmed in Los Angeles County.
Speaking with reporters Friday, California Department of Public Health communicable...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:34 PM
Health authorities are recommending that UC Santa Barbara students be inoculated against a strain of meningitis that infected several young adults at the seaside campus and caused an outbreak at Princeton University.
University officials said Friday...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 10:41 AM
State health officials reported Friday that flu deaths in California have reached 147 this flu season, with an additional 44 deaths under investigation as likely flu-related. Four of the confirmed deaths were of children.
Seventeen deaths occurred in...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 9:12 PM
Despite a statewide drop in reported influenza cases, Los Angeles hospitals are preparing for this year's season to worsen in the coming weeks, fearful of the deadly H1N1 "swine flu" virus strain that is to blame for most of this year's flu deaths.
| Mar 1, 2014
| 8:19 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced a one-month cease-fire in a move that could revive stalled peace talks with Pakistan's government.
The militant group's announcement came hours after two roadside bombs killed 11 security...
| Feb 27, 2014
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus. In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a...
| Feb 25, 2014
Re "As flu passes, new threat rises," Feb. 22
The Times reports on a new outbreak of measles in California, with nearly half of those affected having opted against childhood vaccination by using the state's personal beliefs exemption.
Like the flu,...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:09 PM
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough.
Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by...