Infections

CDC walks back pneumonia vaccine recommendation for seniors

A box of Prevenar 13, a pneumonia vaccine made by Pfizer.
A European box of Pfizer's pneumococcal vaccine. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP via Getty Images

In a narrow 8-6 vote today, a federal vaccine advisory panel shot down its 2014 recommendation that all adults 65 and older get a pneumococcal vaccine called Prevnar 13. Instead, the panel said seniors should get the vaccine based on conversations with their clinicians.

Why it matters: Seniors can still get the shot, but the vaccine won't be universally recommended — to the dismay of the vaccine makers. Pfizer sells Prevnar 13, and the drug company's stock shot down 2% once investors learned of the vote.

Cruise ship quarantined for measles in the Caribbean

A cruise ship in St. Lucia
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A cruise ship with about 300 passengers and crew has been quarantined in the Caribbean after a passenger was confirmed to have the measles, reports NBC.

The big picture: This isn't the first instance of a quarantine throughout this year's the measles outbreaks, which have reached the highest level since the highly contagious virus was declared eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. Hundreds of college kids were quarantined in Los Angeles last week. Meanwhile, New York has also closed schools and barred unvaccinated children from public places.