Tag: Vaccine effectiveness

  • Waning Immunity Is Not a Crisis, Right Now

    Waning Immunity Is Not a Crisis, Right Now

    Vaccines don’t last forever. This is by design: Like many of the microbes they mimic, the contents of the shots stick around only as long as it takes the body to eliminate them, a tenure on the order of days, perhaps a few weeks. What does have staying power, though, is the immunological impression that…

  • ‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease

    ‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease

    Boghuma Kabisen Titanji was just 8 years old when the hyper-contagious virus swept through her classroom. Days later, she started to feel feverish, and developed a sparse, rosy rash. Three years after being fully dosed with the measles vaccine, one of the most durably effective immunizations in our roster, Titanji fell ill with the very…

  • Our COVID Vocabulary Needs a Reset

    Our COVID Vocabulary Needs a Reset

    One of the best and toughest parts of being a science writer is acting as a kind of jargon liaison. Weird, obscure, aggressively multisyllabic words appear in scientific discourse; I, wielding nothing but a Google Doc, a cellphone, and the Powers of the Internet™, wrest these terms from their academic hidey-holes and try to pin…