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Daily News 2012-04-13


Time to get tough on vaccine refusal – Baltimore Sun by The Refusers

New Bill Could Mandate Doctor Visits for Parents Who Oppose Vaccines

From the HSLDA E-lert Service: California: Vaccination Waiver Threatened-- Attack On Parental Rights!

Child Paralyzed By Vaccinations And Stolen From Mother by State by Christina England - Vactruth

Vaccine approach could trick immune system

The Preposterous Epidemic of Pre-Diseases

New Study Identifies Promising, Achievable Solutions to Nigeria’s Childhood Mortality Crisis - Critical improvements necessary to help scale up vaccine access, save children’s lives

'Universal' cancer vaccine not miraculous but could bring hope - Targets MUC1 found on 90 percent of cancers

65 get chickenpox; unvaccinated kids barred from charter school

Asthma vaccine hopes rise in preclinical trials - Vax targets common dust mite allergen

April 12, 1955: Edmonton set to vaccinate children against polio

New vaccine research effort launched

New vaccine research effort launched

HIV vaccines: When is a failure actually a success?

Paralysis/death surge - VRAN

2nd International Symposium on Vaccines - Age of Autism

End of an Era? by K Paul Stoller, MD, FACHM - Age of Autism

Drafted into The Autism Wars by Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

Single mumps vaccine jab (versus MMR) in the UK - back again?

2011-2012 Influenza Season Week 14 ending April 7, 2012

Pharmaceutical companies' role in state vaccination policymaking: the case of human papillomavirus vaccination. journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

House Rejects Effort To Eliminate Philosophical Exemption


Gupta "Grills" Gates on Vaccination (video)

MOH introduces two new vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoea

They are the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, which protects children from pneumonia and diarrhoea respectively, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. The rotavirus vaccine prevents severe diarrhoeal diseases, which come with ...
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The absence of news that used to be hot and heavy in news cycles heavily ...

-Next: we're no longer afraid of a smallpox attack. Recall, before September 11th, it was common knowledge that only two samples of smallpox remained on the planet: one at CDC in Atlanta, and one in Russia, wherever they keep their nasty stuff.
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Kids Have Little Protection from New Flu Virus

"Although unlikely to protect against A (H3N2)v in this susceptible age group, receipt of seasonal influenza vaccine continues to be recommended to protect against circulating human influenza viruses for all age groups and might provide some protection ...
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Flu shot rates below benchmarks

Flu shot rates in Halton have increased since last year but vaccinations for hospital and long-term care home staff continue to fall below provincial benchmarks. Halton Region distributed 127307 doses of the influenza vaccine during the 2011-12 flu ...
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Tamiflu Made My Kid Hallucinate. I Think the Flu is Preferable to Delirium

By Bonnie Rochman | @brochman | April 13, 2012 | + It's flu season, so like the responsible mother I am, months ago I had dutifully researched the dates and times of flu vaccine availability at clinics. All five of us showed up at the pediatrician's ...
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TIME

Merck Takes Another Shot At Promoting Shingles Vaccine

A vaccine advisory committee to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year declined to recommend routine vaccination with Zostavax for people 50 to 59, citing the production shortfalls. The committee said it would monitor supply and ...
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The HPV Vaccine: Current Recommendations and Barriers | ONS ...

At the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's 43rd Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer held in Austin, TX last month, Nobel Prize winning virologist Harald zur ...
www.onsconnect.org/.../the-hpv-vaccine-current-recommenda...

HPV Vaccine – Only in Females? Think Again! | British Columbia ...

Introduction. Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the world.1,2 In the U.S., there are 6.2 million new ...
dpic.org/article/.../hpv-vaccine-–-only-females-think-again

Ghana introduces two new vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoea

They are the pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines, which protects children from pneumonia and diarrhoea respectively, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. The rotavirus vaccine prevents severe diarrhoeal diseases, which come with ...
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Ghana Business News

Work for success of pulse polio drive: DC

Deputy Commissioner Dr NV Prasad asked all the officers to work efficiently for the success of the second phase of the pulse polio drive which will begin on April 15. He was speaking at the preparatory meeting of the officers held to discuss about the ...
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Group on Immunization Education Society of Teachers of Family ...

Immunization Education only as an assistance for physicians making clinical decisions ... childhood immunizations including a varicella vaccine given to ...
www.immunizationed.org/.../Chicken-Pox-3-30-12.pdf

Possible measles case investigated at Ledgewood School

ROSCOE — Letters were sent home to Ledgewood School families Thursday informing them of a possible case of measles that is being investigated in the school. Kinnikinnick School District Superintendent Keli Freedlund said the letters were sent as a ...
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Vitamin A, C, and Vpd

I have been wondering why mainstream drs don't know about/recognize sodium ascorbate for pertussis treatment...? The reason we doctors were never taught about therapeutic doses of vitamin C in medical school, is that if they had taught us about it, ...
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OT: HPV/Genital Warts/Gardasil... - Crunchy Mamas - BabyCenter

OT: HPV/Genital Warts/Gardasil...: So when I was about 18 a doctor told me I had HPV, then basically made it sound like I was going to die, and then sent me on ...
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Father skydives in memory of son

The Epsom-based father of a nine-month-old boy who lost his fight with meningitis is commemorating his son's birthday by jumping out of a plane. Lee Ruck will be taking part in a skydive in memory of Joel Selwyn Ruck who died on New Year's Eve 2009 ...
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Meningitis kills two in Yola

By Agency Reporter 3 hours 9 minutes ago Two people have died of meningitis in Yola, Adamawa State, a director in the city primary healthcare department has said. Malam Muhammad Iya-Hammawa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Friday that ...
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Local Events for Friday, April 13

Immunization clinic | 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services, 10 W. First St., Corning. By appointment only. (800) 724-0471. • Rabies clinic | 5-7 pm, Hornby Fire Department, 4838 Hornby Road, Hornby.
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House Rejects Effort To Eliminate Philosophical Exemption

... emotional issues facing lawmakers this year because it pits public health concerns against the rights of parents to determine health decisions involving their children. There are three exemptions to Vermont's mandatory childhood immunization law; ...
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Bat breaks lose on Atlanta-bound flight, prompting CDC rabies report

California girl survives dread disease without vaccine A bat on a plane? Samuel L. Jackson jokes aside, the Centers for Disease Control took the case seriously, and released a new report on the incident in the April 13 issue of Morbidity and Mortality ...
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CBS News

Swine flu has mutated, vaccine is not sufficient: Guj health minister

Last year, Ahmedabad-based pharmaceutical company, Zydus Cadila made and launched vaccines for Swine Flu. In 2011, the group discovered, got approval and launched the vaccine within nine months. While in this year, the vaccine looks insufficient as the ...
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11 cases of whooping cough reported in Helena area

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a serious respiratory illness that can cause people to have severe, uncontrollable coughing that can last for months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends antibiotic treatment for those in close ...
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Health officials: Unimmunized adults, teens present risk to infants

By Douglas Demaio, Army Medicine The tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine became available for adults in 2005. Parents, people expecting a child, grandparents, child care providers, siblings and health care providers are highly recommended to get a ...
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UK health agency reports 665 cases of pertussis in the first quarter

The number of laboratory confirmed cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, for the first quarter of 2012 reported in England and Wales is 665. This is an astounding number as compared to the 1040 cases reported during all of 2011.
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Arrangements for polio campaign

Islamabad—Chief Commissioner Tariq Mehmood Pirzada reviewed the arrangements for the upcoming polio immunization campaign in capital and urged the participants to mobilize all their resources for eradication of polio. The meeting was attended by the ...
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Second phase of pulse polio drive on Sunday

The second phase of the pulse polio immunization programme will be held in the district on Sunday. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) KP Thampy said that a total of 1525 booths have been set up in the ...
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Commissioner reviews polio drive arrangements

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Pirzada reviewed the arrangements for the polio immunisation campaign to be initiated in Islamabad during a high level meeting held on Thursday. The commissioner urged the participants to mobilise ...
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Cancer care report card calls for innovation

The report also suggests banning smoking in multiunit buildings, encourages molecular testing for lung cancer and that the HPV vaccine be given to all young people regardless of gender. Follow Stephanie Sherlock on Twitter: ...
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Petition call for meningitis cause

A COUNTY-BASED charity is calling for more names to support a campaign for children who have had meningitis. A total of 10000 signatures are wanted for a petition by the Meningitis Trust, which will be taken to Downing Street. The charity has launched ...
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Nigeria: Adamawa Vaccinates 1000 Inmates Against Meningitis

By Ibrahim Abdul'aziz, 13 April 2012 Yola — About 1000 inmates, including those awaiting trial at the Yola and Jimeta prisons in Adamawa State have been vaccinated against cerebro-spinal meningitis. Last week, there were reports that many inmates at ...
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Ghana Health Service introduces two new vaccines to reduce childhood mortality

These are Pneumococcal for Pneumonia and Menigities and Rotavines for diarrhoea for children under five years. The vaccines are to give extra protection to children and help attain the fourth MDG which aims at reducing childhood deaths.
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Hepatitis clinic follows juice recall

Hepatitis A drop-in immunization clinics will be held on Vancouver Island for people who have consumed Western Family brand Pomeberry Blend frozen berries in the past 14 days. This follows a health alert issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control and ...
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Frozen berry problem leads to vaccine clinics

By Christina Myers, Burnaby Now April 12, 2012 The local health authority is offering free hepatitis A vaccine to local residents who have eaten a particular brand of frozen fruit in the last 14 days. The Fraser Health Authority will be holding the ...
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With discounts on offer, doctors laughing their way to banks in Pune

As the expiry date of anti-influenza vaccines draws near with many vaccine stocks expiring in June, the bigger orders are placed, the heftier discounts are being offered. Of course, this does not mean that the end user will get the vaccine at cheaper ...
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Kano - 7.6 Million Children Immunised Against Polio

By Ibrahim Shuaibu, 12 April 2012 A total of 7.6 million children were immunised against polio in Kano State during the just concluded second round of the immunization exercise in the state. Kano State deputy governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje told ...
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Only tots face risk of seizure with MMRV vaccine: study

The combined vaccine against measles, mumps and chickenpox comes with a small risk of fever-related seizures in toddlers that's not true in older children, according to a US study. Researchers, whose report was published in Pediatrics, ...
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2nd International Symposium on Vaccines AGE OF AUTISM

2ND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON VACCINES THE DWOSKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION Held at the 8th Annual Autoimmunity Congress, Granada, Spain To view abstracts for the ...
www.ageofautism.com/.../2nd-international-symposium-on-va...

Alachua County, FL chickenpox outbreak

The outbreak of the vaccine-preventable disease, chickenpox, which started back in February at a charter school, has grown to 65 cases according to a Gainesville Sun report. This has caused the Alachua County Health Department to bar 20 unvaccinated ...
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Pupils inspired by Ellis' battle with meningitis

BRIGHT-EYED youngsters from two primary schools and nursery units had a special friend in mind when they toddled out to raise cash for the Meningitis Trust and a special hospital unit. The children from Merton Bank and St Mary and St Thomas' CE Primary ...
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Teenager dies of meningitis at remote community

It says there have been no other cases of the disease reported and it does not consider the death as signalling an outbreak of the disease. The last major outbreak of meningococcal meningitis in the Territory was in 1998, when there were 11 confirmed ...
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County spared pertussis epidemic, but officials urge vaccinations

Whooping cough may not be reaching epidemic status in Yakima County like it is elsewhere in the state, but public health officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated against the disease. "The year is still young," said Sheryl DiPietro, ...
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Vt. House debates childhood immunization law

The 36-93 vote came against an amendment to eliminate the exemption that public health officials have blamed for lowering Vermont's childhood vaccination rate from 93 percent for incoming kindergarteners in 2005 to 83 percent in 2010.
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200-plus receive whooping cough vaccine

Nearly 200 parents, students and district employees received the pertussis vaccine at Lincoln High School. The shot provided not only protection but peace of mind, students and parents said. "I feel like I'm not going to get it, and I'm safe," said ...
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Vaccine reminder over whooping cough

It's never too late to get your child immunised with two doses of the MMR vaccine. We cannot stress enough that measles is serious and in some cases it can be fatal. Delaying immunisation puts children at risk."
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Sharp rise in cases of whooping cough: Government scientists

There was also a warning about measles with more cases so far this year compared with the same period in 2011, and half of those relating to an ongoing outbreak in the North West. Whooping cough is included in the five-in-one jab given to babies at two ...
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Telegraph.co.uk

Hep-A warning issued for Western Family Pomeberry fruit blend

By STAFF REPORTER, The Province April 12, 2012 Health officials are urging anyone who consumed a specific frozen-fruit product sold only by Save-On Foods, Price Smart and other Overwaitea stores in the past 14 days to get a hepatitis A vaccine.
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FEW FALLING ILL THIS FLU SEASON

By BARBARA PETERS SMITH The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using words like "mild" and "sporadic" to describe this season's October-to-May influenza activity. Across most of the United States, including Florida, the usual flurry of ...
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Extra vaccine required of new seventh-graders

The Tdap vaccine covers tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Mississippi is one of 42 states now requiring the vaccine. “Students can get vaccinated at any health department for $10,” said Clinton school district nurse Renee Martin.
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Warning over whooping cough rise

Dr Mary Ramsay, the HPA's head of immunisation, said: "Whooping cough can be a very unpleasant infection. Anyone showing signs and symptoms - which include severe coughing fits accompanied by the characteristic 'whoop' sound in young children but as a ...
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Whooping cough cases rise in England

The HPA is also reminding parents to ensure their children are protected against measles after a slight increase in cases since the beginning of the year. So far, 251 measles cases have been reported in 2012 compared with 200 cases in the same period ...
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The Guardian

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ARTS NEWS

n JON Fratelli will be performing in Sloans bar in Glasgow in aid of the Meningitis Trust on Sunday, as part of the launch event for Sinclair Macleod's latest novel. By Carrie McAdam The author's new book, The Killer Performer, follows his previous ...
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Chickenpox spreads to five Fla. public schools

Health officials in Florida added 25 students who are not vaccinated against chickenpox to a list of those barred from attending class in five public schools in High Springs and Alachua on Wednesday. There have been 65 cases of chickenpox reported in ...
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WA officials declare whooping cough epidemic

Babies cannot start the immunization process until they are 6 months old, leaving them vulnerable. Clark County's public health officer said immunizations are critical to stopping the spread of the illness, and that adolescents and adults are the ...
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Vt. House debates childhood immunization law

He and other backers of the bill noted the recent increase in pertussis, or whopping cough, in Vermont, one of the diseases children are vaccinated against. Christine Finley, head of the state Health Department's vaccination program, said 102 cases of ...
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Immunisation key to preventing death, diseases

Immunisations have been found to be one of the most cost-effective interventions in the world for preventing death and disease. One major step to achieve this is through vaccination. Experts have evaluated many benefits for vaccine.
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Potential Measles Case at Kinnikinnick School District

Roscoe - Students and parents are on alert over a potential case of measles at Ledgewood School in the Kinnikinnick School District. The Health Department cautions this is only a suspected case. But, since measles is so contagious, they had to notify ...
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Vaccine Therapies Hold Promise for Investors: Stephen Dunn

How large is the preventive vaccine market? Stephen Dunn: According to the World Health Organization, over 12 million (M) people are reported to die from infectious diseases annually, with the unreported figures much higher. In addition, the number of ...
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Young Kids Most Susceptible to Influenza A (H3N2) Variant

April 12, 2012 — An increasing number of human infections with an influenza A (H3N2) variant virus that appears transmissible between humans has prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a study of the effect of the ...
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Medical College Researcher to Study Viral DNA Replication

Smallpox was a significant health problem until worldwide vaccination with the vaccinia virus eliminated it as a natural threat. Today smallpox carries the threat of potential use as a biological weapon by terrorists. The monkeypox virus infects and ...
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Pitt Commemorates 57th Anniversary Of Polio Vaccine

He and other researchers at the University of Pittsburgh had developed a vaccine to end infantile paralysis, better known as polio. The anniversary of that incredible moment was commemorated with a video conference linking doctors and students around ...
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CBS Local

FLU NEWS SCAN: H5N1 death in Egypt, flu vaccine effectiveness in Europe

A 36-year-old woman who succumbed to H5N1 avian flu has become Egypt's ninth H5N1 case-patient and fifth to die this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The woman, from Giza governorate, became sick Apr 1, was admitted to a ...
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Bat on a plane! What are the health risks to passengers?

But still, it's not the type of thing one expects to read about in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a bulletin produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It may sound more like a movie than a true public health issue, ...
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Frozen berries recall leads to hepatitis A alert

(CFIA) The Vancouver Island Health Authority is holding hepatitis A immunization clinics for people who consumed a brand of frozen berries sold by a major grocery store chain. The BC Centre for Disease Control recently issued an alert and recall for ...
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CBC.ca

COMMENT: Children of a lesser god —Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq

He was born with a hearing impairment, as a result of my mother contracting Rubella (German measles) during pregnancy. In those days, there was no concept of vaccinating girls against German measles in Pakistan. Mercifully, rubella vaccine is now part ...
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Study finds link between autism and obesity during pregnancy - Los ...

... achievement in modern medicine yet there is growing fear over vaccine side effects. Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism http://www.ageofautism.com/ ...
articles.latimes.com/.../la-he-autism-obese-mothers-20120409

Controversy continues over food safety and genetic engineering

Among the many examples is a controversial FDA-approved cervical cancer vaccine (Gardasil) linked to the deaths of dozens of girls and adverse reactions in thousands more. Pharmaceutical giant Merck manufactures Gardasil and the FDA has gone out of its ...
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Emotional Immunization Bill Dominates House Debate

The question is whether to allow families to opt out of the requirement because they're philosophically opposed to immunizations. (Kinzel) This bill has become one of the most emotional issues facing lawmakers this year because it pits public health ...
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Seafood Consumption and Blood Mercury Concentrations in Jamaican ...

Based on data for 65 sex- and age-matched pairs (2-8 years), ... Besides, do even supporters of the autism/mercury hypothesis think that blood levels of ...

SAC holds public health conference for career field

was sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and featured over 30 exhibitors, including representatives from Doctors without Borders, the Texas Department of State Health Services and a variety of public health schools from around the country.
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Study: Variant H3N2 risk greatest in kids under 10

Apr 12, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released more details about a new H3N2 variant (H3N2v) case in Utah, along with results of a serum study that suggests children younger than 10 are likely to be ...
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Whooping cough vaccination clinic Thursday

"Right now, we have 16 confirmed cases of pertussis in the south side area of Des Moines," said Lori Parsons, nurse manager for the Polk County Health Department. Officials said school-age children and teenagers from Lincoln High School, Lincoln South ...
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11 cases of pertussis reported in the Helena area

Eleven cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been identified in the past two weeks in the Helena area, according to the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department. The cases have so far been found in school-aged children and adults.
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LV state officials step up infant immunization information campaigns

“Vaccination is the safest and best way to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases,” Beysolow added. Among the many diseases that vaccination can prevent are measles, small pox, whooping cough and hepatitis B. In Las Vegas, SNIHC will sponsor several ...
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Telbivudine Cut Mother-to-Infant Hepatitis B Transmission

All the infants in the study received hepatitis B immunoglobulin with the HBV vaccine within 6 hours of birth and completed the remainder of the HBV immunizations according to the standard vaccine schedule. At birth, all infants were HBeAg-positive.
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Hepatitis A shots available for people who ate frozen berry product

VANCOUVER — Hepatitis A immunization shots will be available in Metro Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday for people who consumed a Western Family brand of frozen berries in the past two weeks, the Fraser Health Authority said today.
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“But Officer, The Car Drives Itself…Make the Ticket Out to Ford…”

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was designed to deal with claims arising from a range of vaccines while providing manufactures insulation ...

Vaccination Against Cholera Finally Begins In Haiti

All told, though, the immunization will cover only 1 percent of the Haitian population. Before you comment: NCPR welcomes views and opinions from all. However, we require polite behavior in this public space. No name-calling, obscene language, ...
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Whooping Cough now in Guelph

WDG Public Health is investigating two diagnosed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Guelph and continuing an investigation of an outbreak of the disease in North Wellington. While whooping cough is a contagious disease it is vaccine-preventable and ...
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Fountain Pen

FPAI staff to boycott Pulse Polio drive

Ahead of the second national immunization round against polio on April 15, employees of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) have threatened a boycott to protest the non-payment of arrears. Nearly 4 lakh children will be covered as part of ...
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Indian Express

Trustees reaffirm urgent priority of polio eradication

At their March meeting, The Rotary Foundation Trustees reaffirmed that polio eradication is the urgent priority of the Foundation, and that continued support for PolioPlus is essential. The Trustees also agreed to continue the match provided to Rotary ...
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Rotary International

Second round of pulse polio from April 15

The second round of pulse polio drive will commence in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on April 15. Giving out details on the same, Dakshina Kannada District Health Officer O Srirangappa said that 921 pulse polio booths will be set up in the ...
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Posey Diagnosed With Shingles, Giants Need Caution

Shingles is caused by the same virus (varicella-roster) that causes chicken pox in children. The virus remains in the body's nerves in a dormant state until activated years later. According to the National Institutes of Health, those adults most likely ...
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Health Department investigates 'significant outbreak' of chickenpox

By Anne Geggis Five new chickenpox cases were discovered in Alachua County Thursday -- including the first case outside of the county's northwest corner -- bringing the total number of cases to 70. Chickenpox, also known as varicella, ...
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Immunizing more adults could save lives, dollars

Joseph Fortuna, vice president of the consortium, said vaccine-preventable diseases like pneumonia and the flu continue to ravage adults across the state. “It results in the need for expensive treatment and hospital visits while driving down workplace ...
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Flu Rates Decline in Wake of Connecticut's Vaccine Rule

ATLANTA – Vaccination rates increased dramatically and influenza rates decreased dramatically in children aged 6 months to 4 years in Connecticut following institution of a 2011 influenza vaccination requirement for children enrolled in day care, ...
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Family Practice News Digital Network

HPV vaccine offered for free to young women

A one-time human papillomavirus vaccine program will be offered to women in British Columbia who were born in 1991, 1992 and 1993 to protect them from cervical cancer. “We have been offering the school-based HPV vaccination program since 2008, ...
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Kano: 7.6m Children Immunised against Polio

By Ibrahim Shuaibu A total of 7.6 million children were immunised against polio in Kano State during the just concluded second round of the immunization exercise in the state. Kano State deputy governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje told reporters on the ...
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UTPA student confirmed positive for viral meningitis

Administrators at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinberg, TX notified the campus Thursday about receiving confirmation of a case of viral meningitis in one of its students. According to the news release, the student lives off campus and is ...
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