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It's always appealing to think that there could be an easy technical fix for a complicated and serious problem.

For example, wouldn't it be great to have a vaccine to prevent addiction?

"One of the things they're actually working on is a vaccine for addiction, which is an incredibly exciting prospect," said Dr. Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Researchers at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center are testing a vaccine to fight breast cancer,  and they say  that it appears to be working for some patients.

Getting the flu while pregnant doesn't appear to increase the child's risk of being diagnosed with autism later on, a study finds, and neither does getting a flu shot while pregnant.

Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.

Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It's screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk.

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Zika vaccine trials could come to South Florida as early as this winter.

Now that the House and Senate have agreed on a $1.1 billion Zika funding package, research and vaccine development is a federal priority.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million in state money toward helping to develop a Zika virus vaccine.

Elected officials and city representatives gathered on Friday at Miami-Dade’s Emergency Management Center to support Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in his request for Congress to increase funding to fight Zika.

Sen. Nelson called the need for a Zika vaccine "urgent and necessary."

As local cases of Zika virus continue to increase, this  week The Florida Roundup dedicated its full hour to an analysis of the political and economic dimensions of the outbreak of this virus in South Florida.

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Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.

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  Researchers say a vaccine for the Zika virus will not be available until at least 2018.

And that's with various trials being fast-tracked as the number of people believed to be infected by mosquitoes in Florida climbs.

Leon County Health officials are encouraging parents to book appointments early for back-to-school vaccines.

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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill encouraging companies to develop a Zika vaccine.

Companies that develop a Zika vaccine would get fast-track FDA approval of their next venture in the future. That would be done through a voucher program.

When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest.

Among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.

Florida scientists are being tapped in the race to find a vaccine for Ebola.

The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida will be a subcontractor in a $10 million National Institutes of Health contract to enhance immune responses to viruses such as Ebola and HIV, the Port St. Lucie non-profit research institute announced in a press release.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over half of American girls ages 13 to 17 have received at least one dose of the vaccination to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) - and it's a rate that decreases over the needed second and third doses.

Central Florida health officials have confirmed another flu-related death, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The 63-year-old diabetic woman who died Wednesday is the third patient in Brevard County this year to succumb to the H1N1 strain of the virus. 

Nearly all of the Gainesville-area residents who died from flu this season didn’t have vaccinations. And flu shots may have prevented those illnesses, says the Gainesville Sun’s editorial board. A record number of school-age children in Alachua County were vaccinated last year, but the town’s huge population of college-age students also should be a priority for getting flu shots, the board said.

Health officials suspect bacterial meningitis killed a 4-year-old Pasco County boy, the Tampa Tribune reports. Results from a lab test by the county health department are expected today.

A vaccine against human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection and the cause of almost all cervical cancer — is dramatically reducing the prevalence of HPV in teenage girls.

The first vaccine against HPV, Merck's Gardasil, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Cerverix, from GlaxoSmithKline, was approved in 2009.

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While pneumonia is one of the top causes of death for seniors, only about half of Florida’s Hispanic seniors were vaccinated in 2011, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Experts say many Hispanics don’t know about the vaccine or don’t understand it; they recommend public awareness campaigns that model the multilingual push for flu shots.

A bioethics commission advising the government on whether and how to test an anthrax vaccine on healthy children held the last of its hearings in Miami this week.