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Meningitis Patient Helped Out at Child-Care Center
Associated Press - 10/18/11
Health officials say a Colorado woman with meningococcal meningitis was a volunteer at a child-care center, but none of the children show any symptoms of the illness. The Boulder County Health Department said Tuesday that 13 families were advised to have their children get antibiotics. The families were given prescriptions but officials couldn't say how many followed through. The 21-year-old woman diagnosed with the disease is a junior at the University of Colorado who lives off campus.
Vaccine for Meningitis Faces Unnecessary Delays
Miami Herald - 10/15/11
Bella Estrada was, by all accounts, a healthy, happy baby until just three months into her young life when she suddenly contracted bacterial meningitis and became desperately ill. Her mother, Yecenia, recalls that she was in the hospital for 40 days and "we had to watch her lose her face, her arms, and her legs. After her death, we learned this could have all been prevented had there been a vaccine available." Well, now there is. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared as safe and effective a new meningitis vaccine for infants 2 years and younger.
Human Factor: Two beautiful hands
CNN - 9/23/11
In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week, meet Sheila Advento, a young woman who had to have both hands and feet amputated after a bacterial meningitis infection in 2003.
Health Requirements, Recommendations for Travel to Saudi Arabia
International Tribune - 9/21/11
Hajj is the largest annual gathering in the world. Over two million people from nearly every country attend this spiritual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The Hajj season takes place this year between November 4 and 9, 2011. Due to the large number of people at this gathering there may be an increased risk of certain infectious diseases such as meningococcal disease, tuberculosis, influenza and gastrointestinal infections. Travelers may also face a greater risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and physical injuries.
Campaign Focuses on Meningitis
Sacramento Bee - 8/30/11
When her daughter, MaryJo, complained about a sore throat one Saturday morning, Rose Kwett thought she had the flu. Kwett is a registered nurse, and nothing about her daughter's symptoms alarmed her. MaryJo was a bit warm, so her mother told her to drink lots of fluids and that she'd check on her every so often. Thirteen hours later, MaryJo died from meningococcal meningitis. It was eight days before her 16th birthday in 2000.
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.
CDC Still Listening to Youth Vaccination Debate
Chicago Tribune - 7/26/11
Mediators were dispatched to help keep the conversation civil at a health forum in Chicago last week – a clear sign of the passionate opinions elicited by the debate about whether the federal government should recommend that babies be vaccinated against meningitis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends meningitis immunizations for children ages 11 to 18 to help prevent the rare but potentially fatal bacterial meningitis. But the recent FDA approval of a vaccine for babies as young as 9 months has prompted federal officials to consider adding it to the 16 immunizations on the CDC recommendation schedule.
Rising Costs Complicate Vaccine Guidelines
NPR - 7/20/11
The group that advises the U.S. government on vaccination thinks some new vaccines may not be worth the cost. In 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, decided it's not cost effective to routinely vaccinate boys for human papillomavirus, though they do recommend the vaccine for girls. Now the group is struggling to decide whether infants and toddlers should get costly new vaccines to prevent a form of meningitis caused by bacteria. The new emphasis on cost comes as vaccines are arriving that run more than $100 a dose, while only preventing illness in a relatively small number of people.
CDC Report Shows Bacterial Meningitis Cases on the Decline
HealthDay - 5/25/11
The incidence of bacterial meningitis dropped by 31 percent between 1998 and 2007, new government research shows. The drop was led by reductions in infections by two powerful germs – Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae – that are covered by available immunizations. With fewer infections among young children, the burden of the disease is now mainly borne by older adults, the study authors found.
This page was reviewed on September 30, 2011
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