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New Guidelines for Whooping Cough and Polio Vaccines Announced
Fox News - 9/26/11
The nation's largest group of pediatricians announced new guidelines today regarding the use of the whooping cough booster and polio vaccines. Among the changes, adults who will have close contact with infants younger than one year old should receive a whooping cough booster (called Tdap, because the vaccine contains protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whopping cough, also called pertussis), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a policy statement. The vaccine is not licensed for adults over 65, but it can be given to persons in this group if they will be close to infants.
New Polio Outbreak Hits China
CNN - 9/21/11
An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in China for the first time since 1999, leaving one person dead and hospitalizing another nine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Survey Shows More U.S. Children Getting Vaccines
Reuters - 9/1/11
More young children are getting immunized in the United States for preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.
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.
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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