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Despite Pockets of Resistance, Most U.S. Kids Getting Vaccinated

August 27, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than nine out of 10 U.S. children entered kindergarten last school year protected with the proper immunizations, federal health officials reported Thursday.
But, vaccination rates continue to lag in a number of states — a worrisome finding, especially in light of the recent measles outbreak, […]

Flu Vaccines Offer About 6 Months of Protection, Study Finds

August 26, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Flu vaccines offer moderate protection throughout most of the flu season, a new study shows.
The research included more than 1,700 Americans of all ages. The participants all got flu shots. The researchers followed them for four flu seasons, from 2010-2011 through 2013-2014.
Annual flu shots offered up to six […]

Too Few Gay Teens Get HIV Tests, Study Finds

August 26, 2015

Gay teen boys are much less likely to get tested for HIV than older gay males, researchers report.

Antiviral Drug May Prevent Ebola, Small Study Suggests

August 25, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Antiviral drugs may help protect people from developing Ebola after exposure to the deadly virus, a new case study suggests.
“We are excited to publish the first report of an antiviral-based post-exposure treatment against Ebola-virus infection in humans. We believe this work justifies further study of this postexposure treatment […]

Scientists One Step Closer to a Flu Shot That Lasts Your Whole Life

August 25, 2015

Researchers have made progress in their efforts to develop a long-lasting universal flu vaccine that one day might eliminate the need for people to get flu shots every year, a new study reports.

Flu Vaccine Protects Nursing Home Residents, Study Finds

August 25, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seasonal flu shots save lives and prevent hospitalizations among nursing home residents, a new study shows.
There has been debate about the effectiveness of flu vaccination in this group of patients, but the findings show that they are beneficial, according to researchers at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
“This study […]

NYC Declares Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Over

August 20, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City has been identified and the outbreak is over, health officials said Thursday.
Since July 10, there were 124 cases of the illness in the South Bronx, and 12 of those patients died.
The source of the outbreak […]

Most Contact Lens Wearers Take Chances With Their Eyes: CDC

August 20, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most contact lens wearers close their eyes to safety recommendations, a new U.S. government study finds.
Nearly all of the 41 million Americans who use contact lenses admit they engage in at least one type of risky behavior that can lead to eye infections, U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Quick, Paper-Based Ebola Test May Help in Remote Areas

August 18, 2015

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A paper-based testing device can quickly diagnose Ebola among people who live in remote areas, according to a new study.
A blood sample from a person with a fever is taken and placed on a paper strip in the device. The paper changes a specific color to indicate if […]

New Hope for Vaccine Against Germ That Causes ‘Mono’

August 13, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mononucleosis: It’s a fatiguing disease that lays low thousands of Americans — usually young people — each year. But new, early research offers hope for a vaccine against the virus that’s thought to trigger most cases of the illness.
The Epstein-Barr virus is also believed to help […]


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