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Another Philly Company Joins the Race to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine

As the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 continues to spread around the country and globe, scientists are thinking more about long-term implications. Researchers have yet to […]

NextHealth PHL

Here’s How Long Until a COVID-19 Vaccine Is Ready

The COVID-19 outbreak that began nearly three months ago in Wuhan, China has since affected more than 150,000 people across 131 countries, including the United […]

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We Mapped All the Places You Can Get a Flu Shot in Philadelphia

Fall season is officially here, which conjures other autumnal “f” words — flannel, firepits, football, and the most dreadful one, flu. The Center for Disease […]

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City Life

Students Petition to Close Temple as Mumps Cases Exceed 70

Earlier this month, we wrote that the mumps outbreak at Temple University had spread to 15 cases. Now, just 10 days later, that number has soared to a […]

City Life

Measles, Mumps, Flu: Is This Philly’s Sickest Season in Recent Memory?

People getting sick — it’s unavoidable this time of year, part of the miserable chorus of winter’s song. Some illnesses, your run-of-the-mill colds and sinus […]

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City Life

Pa. Announces Tougher School Vaccination Rules

Is your kid vaccinated? If not, you’ll want to get those shots ASAP. New Pa. health rules require children to be fully vaccinated when they […]

City Life

Whooping Cough at Four Abington Schools Has Parents On Edge

When Abington business owner Lisa Schaffer heard just before Christmas that a student at Abington High School had been diagnosed with whooping cough, she thought […]

City Life

Autism and Vaccines, Earthquakes and Malaysian Mountain Spirits

It isn’t often that I laugh out loud while reading the staid New York Times, but I did last Thursday as I perused a story […]

City Life

Bad News for Pa. Anti-Vaxxers: Bill Would Eliminate “Philosophical” Exemptions

Pennsylvania legislators are considering a bill to toughen the state’s immunization requirements by removing one of the pathways to opting out. There are three such […]

City Life

New Jersey May Tighten Vaccine Requirements

Some New Jersey legislators want to make it tougher for state residents to claim religious exemptions to otherwise-mandatory vaccinations, the Courier-Post reports. The number of […]

City Life

Pa. Senate Eyes Low State Vaccination Rate

Remember that Pew study showing Pennsylvania has the second-lowest vaccination rate in all the 50 states? The news didn’t go over so well in the […]

City Life

The Strange Link Between Raggedy Ann and the Anti-Vaxxers

Over the weekend I was reading a story in the Wall Street Journal about the history of the anti-vaccination movement when I came across a […]

City Life

Paul Offit’s Measles Crusade

If you look at a bar graph of measles outbreaks in the United States since 2001, you’ll see a startling and ominous trend: After years […]

City Life

This Philly Virus Expert Is Close to Finishing Ebola Vaccine

Matthias J. Schnell is the director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center at Thomas Jefferson University, and he’s been working for nearly three years to complete […]

City Life

CHOP Doctor Challenges Vaccine Denialism on Colbert

Paul Offit, chief of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was on The Colbert Report Monday to challenge parents who refuse to […]