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The controversial pop star is also facing charges of driving under the influence in Florida and is under investigation for vandalism in LA

A medical technician works at the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) at Brewelskloof Hospital

Disappointment for British researchers as new TB vaccine ‘does little to protect children’

Hopes of wiping out pulmonary tuberculosis suffered a major setback today, as the most promising new vaccine was shown to do little to protect children.

A vaccinator inoculates a child against polio in Pakistan

Bill Gates on a mission to rid the world of polio by 2018

Bill Gates tonight used the annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture to make the claim that polio could be eradicated throughout the world by 2018.

Pakistani policeman protecting polio workers shot dead

Gunmen on motorbikes killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in a north-western village.

Gunmen kill policeman escorting polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen on a motorcycle have shot dead a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Pakistan.

Cost fears for Meningitis B lifesaver

A vaccine against meningitis B that could save thousands of lives has been licensed in the UK and Europe, it was announced yesterday.

HPV vaccinations provide protection against the two commonest strains of the virus

Cervical cancer vaccine for girls must be given to gay men due to increase in anal cancer, says BMA

Doctors urge minister to take action over sexually transmitted virus that causes cancer in both men and women

The winter vomiting bug Norovirus threatens to ruin the holiday for tens of thousands of people this year

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The winter vomiting bug Norovirus threatens to ruin the holiday for tens of thousands of people this year – but with a little care the chances of succumbing to it can be reduced. By Jeremy Laurance

Parents warned to look out for flu in under-14s

The flu season has begun, parents have been warned, after an increase in the number of children aged five to 14 falling ill.

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A girl with a marked finger after being immunised in Lahore

Fresh wave of militant attacks sees UN suspend its polio programme

New killings follow the murder of six female vaccinators in the country on Tuesday

Rukhsana Bibi grieves over her daughter, a health worker, yesterday

Killed as they tried to save lives: Pakistan polio workers targeted

Vaccination programme suspended after five women are shot dead

Britain has about 22m sheep in the national flock

Farmers set for anxious lambing season as scientists warn most sheep flocks and cattle herds are infected with Schmallenberg virus

Farmers are facing an anxious season for new lambs and calves, as most of the sheep flocks and cattle herds in England and Wales are now thought to be infected with Schmallenberg virus, an emerging livestock disease which can cause birth deformities in newborn animals, Government scientists have warned.

Pakistan: Car bomb kills 17 in crowded market

The bomb went off next to the women's waiting area of a bus stop

Preparing a vaccination against whooping cough

Three babies die from whooping cough in biggest outbreak for 20 years

The total number of cases is tenfold higher than during the last peak in 2008

Whooping cough epidemic

More than 50 cases of whooping cough are being reported each day and 13 infants have died in the worst UK outbreak for more than 20 years.

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