• Maryland Jan 16

    FAQ: What to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in the DC Area

    Two COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, allowing front-line health care workers to be inoculated against the virus. As of Thursday, more than 9.3 million vaccine doses have been administered across the U.S., out of a total 27.6 million doses distributed. As of Friday, 436,993 people in our region have received their first...

  • covid-19 vaccine Jan 11

    People 65 Years and Older Now Eligible for Vaccine in DC

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced senior citizens are now able to register to get their vaccine. News4’s Mark Segraves explains that there’s only a limited number of doses set aside.

  • vaccination Jan 8

    Virginia Falling Behind on Vaccinations

    New information reveals Virginia is vaccinating people much slower than other states. The commonwealth is racing to catch up. Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter Drew Wilder reports on who will be next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Maryland Dec 30, 2020

    DC's Online Vaccine Registration Portal Is Open

    If you are among those qualified to be in the first wave of people getting the COVID-19 vaccine in DC, you can now sign up for an appointment. News4’s Mark Segraves reports.

  • DC Dec 22, 2020

    Staff, Residents at Nursing Homes in DC Will Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Early

    Staff and residents at long-term care facilities will now be included in the first wave of coronavirus inoculations in D.C., thanks to the expected arrival of thousands of doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday.  Those now included in the first wave of vaccinations include:  Staff and residents at assisted living facilities Front...

  • moderna vaccine Dec 22, 2020

    Thousands of Moderna Vaccines to Arrive in DC This Week

    There is good news out of the District where more doses of the vaccine are arriving and officials are expanding the groups of people who can now receive it. News4’s Mark Segraves reports.

  • indoor dining Dec 19, 2020

    DC Announces Plan to Ban Indoor Dining Until Jan. 15

    D.C. will ban indoor dining for several weeks in an attempt to curb the surge of COVID cases in the city. News4’s Jackie Bensen reports on what the move means for businesses that are already struggling.

  • coronavirus Aug 18, 2020

    Experts Call for COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach to Begin

    Experts say that lowering vaccine hesitation through immediate education will be crucial for COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Health and Human Services, however, are weighing early outreach efforts against the numerous unknowns of a potential vaccine. News4’s Juliana Valencia reports.

  • California Jun 20, 2019

    California Governor, Lawmaker Alter Proposed Vaccine Rules

    California public health officials would have oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.

  • California Jun 13, 2019

    Jessica Biel Denies She's Anti-Vaccination After Lobbying Against California Bill

    Actress Jessica Biel says she’s not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The 37-year-old has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice concerns about the measure. Biel posted on Instagram Thursday morning that she supports children getting vaccinated and...

  • United States Jun 6, 2019

    US Measles Count Tops 1,000 Cases as Surge Continues

    Health officials say this year’s U.S. measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses. It’s already the highest in 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. Most are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities. The nation last saw this many cases...

  • United States Jun 6, 2019

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    Health officials say this year’s U.S. measles epidemic has surpassed 1,000 illnesses. It’s already the highest in 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. Most are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities. The nation last saw this many cases...

  • Governor May 24, 2019

    Maine Bill to End Personal Vaccine Opt-Outs Heads to Governor

    A bill to end Maine’s religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccines is heading to the governor’s desk. The Senate voted 19-16 Thursday to enact the bill. Gov. Janet Mills’ administration has backed the bill ending non-medical vaccine opt-outs by 2021 for schoolchildren, as well as nursery school and health care facility employees.

  • Facebook Mar 7, 2019

    Facebook Cracks Down on Vaccine Misinformation

    Facebook announced on Thursday new policies to reduce the visibility of vaccine misinformation on its platform, including rejecting advertising and excluding groups and pages from search results that spread “vaccine hoaxes.” The announcement comes after weeks of criticism from public health advocates and lawmakers who have called for action to curtail inaccurate information about vaccines, which have led to a...

  • United States Mar 6, 2019

    Suspected Measles Case Found to Be Negative in St. Mary's County

    A suspected case of measles is being investigated by St. Mary’s County Health Department in Leonardtown, Maryland, the department announced on Tuesday.

  • United States Aug 23, 2018

    Russian Trolls Pushed Divisive Content Over Vaccines, Researchers Say

    Russian trolls weren’t just trying to cause division in U.S. politics. A new study shows they were also trying to sow discord in one of the country’s most heated debates around public health: vaccinations. NBC News reports Russia-linked social media bots pushed divisive rhetoric and misinformation on Twitter on both sides of the vaccine debate, according to research led by...

  • United States Jun 8, 2018

    Flu Season Was One of the Deadliest for US Children

    Flu killed more U.S. children in the past year than during any other regular flu season in recent history. U.S. health officials said Friday that they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. That surpasses the 2012-2013 flu season, when there were 171. An average season sees about 110. There were more deaths in 2009-2010, when a...

  • Brazil Mar 8, 2018

    Brazil Yellow Fever Outbreak Largest in Decades; 846 Cases

    Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak has now infected more people than the previous one, which had been the largest in decades. The Health Ministry said Wednesday that officials have confirmed 846 cases of the mosquito-borne disease. Of those, 260 have died. In the 2016-2017 outbreak, Latin America’s largest nation saw 777 cases and 261 deaths.

  • federal government Apr 19, 2017

    Nigeria's Meningitis Outbreak Kills 745 so far: Officials

    Health officials say Nigeria’s meningitis outbreak has killed at least 745 people as of Monday. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 8,057 suspected meningitis cases have been reported. Most have been located in the northern states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto since the disease surfaced in December. The federal government has kicked off a nationwide vaccination campaign...

  • United States Jan 19, 2017

    1 in 4 US Men Have Cancer-Linked HPV Genital Infections

    The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and most disappear without treatment. And most adults will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives.

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