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N.H., Mass. Lack Vaccination Registries
Eagle-Tribune (NH) - 10/5/11
New Hampshire will soon be the only state in the nation not tracking residents' vaccinations for the flu, measles and mumps. Today, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are the only states lacking immunization registries that track vaccinations electronically, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Registries help you to better reach those children that are maybe slipping through the cracks when it comes to their immunization," CDC spokesman Thomas Skinner said. Immunization registries are key to preventing disease outbreaks by notifying parents when their children need shots for preventable diseases, he said.
More People Turn to Pharmacy for Vaccines
WOWT.com (CA) - 10/5/11
With flu season on the way many people are turning to pharmacies to get vaccines.
Nobel Prize Winning Immunity Research May Lead to New Vaccines
CBS News - 10/3/11
Key immune system discoveries led three scientists to win the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday. The honors – along with a $1.5 million prize – were split among American Bruce Beutler, French scientist Jules Hoffmann, and Canadian-born Ralph Steinman, the Nobel committee at Stockholm's Karolinska institute said.
Dr. Dustin Ballard: The good, bad and ugly about vaccine news
Marin Independent Journal (CA) - 10/3/11
Vaccines are back in the news. In fact, the past few weeks have brought several related stories, which as a vaccine advocate, I would categorize as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Bachmann's Political Contagion
The New Yorker - 9/13/11
In "Contagion," Steven Soderbergh's film about a virus that decimates the planet, Jude Law plays a conspiracy-minded freelance video blogger who regards vaccines as scams churned out by a medical establishment interested only in profits. Instead, he claims, with no evidence, that a homeopathic treatment based on the plant forsythia cured him of the infection that was killing nearly everyone else. His comments cause a panicked stampede of pharmacies, leading to many more deaths, since healthy people inevitably mix with those who are sick.
What Editorial Writers Are Saying about Vaccines
American Medical News - 9/13/11
Editorial writers are largely unanimous in their message – that there are no reasons not to get inoculated against flu, mumps or any other illness for which a vaccine is available.
Opinion: The Real Threat of 'Contagion' by W. Ian Lipkin
New York Times - 9/11/11
I admit I was wary when I was approached, late in 2008, about working on a movie with the director Steven Soderbergh about a flulike pandemic. It seemed that every few years a filmmaker imagined a world in which a virus transformed humans into flesh-eating zombies, or scientists discovered and delivered the cure for a lethal infectious disease in an impossibly short period of time.
NH Allows Pharmacists to Give More Vaccinations
Bloomberg BusinessWeek - 9/4/11
New Hampshire is joining a growing national trend in allowing pharmacists to give more vaccinations than annual flu shots – but doctors oppose the changes in what appears to be a turf war over a profitable aspect of medical care. A new state law lets trained pharmacists give vaccinations for a bacterial form of pneumonia that can be deadly and for shingles, a painful reappearance of latent chicken pox virus that affects the nerve roots and can produce a blistering rash. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the trend to let pharmacists give vaccines has grown from 22 states allowing flu shots in 1999 to all 50 in 2009.
Vaccine Safety: New Report Finds Few Adverse Events Linked to Immunizations
TIME - 8/25/11
In a new report investigating adverse events caused by vaccines, a panel of experts says there are relatively few health problems caused by the most commonly recommended immunizations, which public health experts advise that all children receive. The conclusions, issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its latest report, "Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality," represent the most comprehensive review of the available literature on the potential side effects of eight vaccines – for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR); chicken pox; influenza; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; human papillomavirus (HPV); diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); and meningococcus.
Immunization Education Needed
American Nurse - 8/2/11
Most children in the United States are getting regularly scheduled immunizations for infant and childhood diseases. But a new survey published in the June Health Affairs shows that some parents are not persuaded that all vaccines are safe or even necessary. The results of the survey, analyzed by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office, suggest that more should be done to address parents' concerns.
Planning a Vac(cin)ation
New York Times - 7/27/11
Getting vaccinated may be the last thing on your mind when heading off on vacation, but it's important – whether you are traveling to an exotic destination or not. Case in point: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory last month pointing out that the United States is currently experiencing the highest number of measles cases since 1996, many of which were acquired overseas. As of June 17, 156 confirmed cases of measles had been reported to the center this year; 136 of them involved unvaccinated Americans who had recently traveled abroad, unvaccinated visitors to the United States and people who didn't travel but may have caught the disease from those who did.
Cheap Shots: Get Vaccinated for Free
CNN Money - 7/7/11
Adults tend to miss vaccines that can help keep them healthy. "For kids, there are age-related guidelines and school requirements," says Dr. Susan Rehm of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. "For adults, we rely on health care providers and for patients to ask." So ask. Starting this year, your insurer must cover 100% of the cost of 10 vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (certain existing plans are exempt, and your insurer may charge a fee if you go out of network).
'Decade of Vaccines' Has Potential to Save Lives, But Challenges Ahead
Eurekalert - 6/9/11
Vaccinating children around the world against infectious diseases has saved the lives of millions over the past several decades. Now new opportunities exist to overcome remaining challenges and save another 6.4 million lives over the current decade, according articles in the June 2011 edition of Health Affairs. The issue was produced under the journal's grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Vaccination Rate for Kindergartners Is Over 90%
WebMD - 6/2/11
More than 90% of children entering kindergarten in the U.S. have had most recommended immunizations, although coverage rates remain below target goals for most states, the CDC says. The newly published vaccination coverage report for the first time includes state-by-state data on vaccination exceptions granted for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. More than half of the states providing vaccination information to the CDC had exemption rates of around 1% or less. Four states – Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Vermont – had exemptions above 5%.
Vaccines Save Lives
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Blog - 4/30/11
If you've been reading the blog this week, you know we're focusing on immunization and vaccines. From our coverage of World Malaria Day this week to our posts on the urgency of eradicating polio once and for all, there is no better time to talk about these issues! It's one reason why we've created the infographic below – to spread the word. Vaccines are one of the best long-term investments to give children a healthy start to life. Think about this: approximately 1.5 million children will die from vaccine preventable diseases this year and thousands more will be paralyzed or physically disabled. To me, and I'm sure to you as well, that is simply unacceptable.
One-third of Articles about Vaccines Contained Negative Messages
Pediatric Supersite - 4/28/11
Hamidah Hussain, MBBS, MSc,and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore examined about 1,200 articles relating to vaccination, which were published between 1995 and 2005. The researchers used key terms such as "vaccine" and "adverse events" and coded these articles as having an overall "positive" or "negative" message, accordingly. The researchers noted spikes in the number of newspaper articles in 1999 regarding rotavirus vaccine safety and in 2002 and 2003 regarding smallpox vaccines.
Vaccines Have Beaten Back Global Diseases Such As Smallpox and Polio
Washington Post - 4/12/11
In 1952, the number of polio cases reached nearly 60,000, making it one of the worst epidemics in U.S. history. More than 3,000 people died, and more than 21,000 were left with mild to disabling paralysis. In early April 1955, Marvin M. Lipman, who has been Consumers Union's chief medical adviser since 1967, was an intern. While attending a scientific meeting in Atlantic City, N.J., he heard Jonas Salk describe the results of a preliminary study demonstrating the efficacy of his polio vaccine. He still recalls that the thunderous applause lasted at least 10 minutes.
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