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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 vaccination is administered to a young child

Scientists urge ministers: tell truth on 'over-hyped' flu vaccine

The flu vaccine given to millions of people each year in Britain is “over-promoted” and “over-hyped” and the protection it offers against the seasonal illness has been exaggerated, scientists claim.

Government's position on flu vaccine risks undermining public trust like MMR scandal

Vaccination rates plunged after the alleged link between MMR and autism

Governments must be deadly serious regarding what they tell us

Vaccination is the single greatest success story of 20th-century medicine. It has saved millions of lives around the world – including from smallpox, polio, diphtheria, typhoid, tetanus, measles and flu.

Editorial: An imperfect jab – but worth taking

The influenza virus is a protean beast, its multiple strains mutating at lightning speed and giving each succeeding winter a different pathogenic complexion. To keep up, scientists spend the summer studying illness patterns in the southern hemisphere as a guide to what is to come – and developing that year's flu vaccine accordingly.

Boom in urban chicken-keepers may be harmful to birds

Urban chicken-keepers risk spreading diseases through their lack of knowledge of animal welfare regulations, research by the Royal Veterinary College has found.

The Vaccines, Alexandra Palace, London

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The meningitis bacterium lives harmlessly in the noses and throats of one in 10 people

Green light for vital meningitis vaccine that could save the lives of countless children

Hundreds of children’s lives will be saved - if the NHS can afford to give new jab to babies

Alan Glynn, 32, from Perth, lost his 19-month-old daughter Alexis Rose in February 2011. Her sister, Christina, survived the same disease

Meningitis case study: "We thought it was just a sickness bug"

Alan Glynn, 32, from Perth, lost his 19-month-old daughter Alexis Rose in February 2011.

What is meningitis?

The meningitis bacterium lives harmlessly in the noses and throats of one in 10 people but,  for reasons that are not fully understood, can erupt into a  life-threatening illness  that causes inflammation of the membrane  around the brain – the “meninges” – and can lead to death within hours.

Errors and Omissions: When words acquire new meanings, it's best not to stand in the way

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A child in Pakistan is given the polio vaccination

Polio cases slowing in Pakistan spur hope for global elimination

Polio cases caused by one of two circulating strains of poliomyelitis virus weren't reported in Pakistan in six months, speeding global eradication of the crippling disease.

Babies to be routinely offered rotavirus vaccine from next September

A vaccine against a bug that causes diarrhoea in hundreds of thousands of  babies each year is to be introduced from next September, the Department of Health has announced.

Fewer pensioners and at-risk patients are receiving the flu jab than last year

With winter fast approaching, many people who risk becoming seriously ill if they get the flu have not yet been vaccinated against it.

Babyjabs.co.uk warned over advertising prescription-only medicines to public

A parenting website has been warned about advertising prescription-only medicines to the public just months after it was ordered to remove discredited claims that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism.

Whooping cough outbreak claims life of 10th baby

The number of babies who have died in the biggest outbreak of whooping cough in England and Wales for 20 years has risen to 10, health officials say.

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