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Zika virus and the Rio Olympics

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, will begin in early August. The Zika virus outbreak is ongoing in some parts of Brazil (among other countries in the Americas and the Pacific). read more

expert reaction to assessment concluding no causal link between HPV vaccine in young women and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)

The European Medicines Agency has announced that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has completed its scientific review of evidence on complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in young women given the HPV vaccine, and has concluded that the evidence does not support a causal link between the vaccine and the conditions. read more

expert reaction to study looking at dosage of HPV vaccine and level of protection against HPV infection

A vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) is offered to adolescent girls in the UK with the aim of protecting against cervical cancer, and the efficacy of the vaccine when using different numbers of doses is the subject of a study published in the journal Lancet Oncology. Two vaccine doses are currently given, with the research team reporting that in their study similar levels of protection were given by one, two or three doses of the vaccine. read more

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