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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 […]

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 […]

Start of School Year Calls for Vaccine Check

August 21, 2015

By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With the start of a new school year, many parents are searching for vaccination records and hoping they’re current, but what does “up-to-date” look like these days?
That depends on whether it’s what the school requires or what pediatric experts recommend.
“Not all vaccines that we recommend […]

Synthetic MERS Vaccine Works in Animal Tests

August 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine protected monkeys against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, U.S. researchers report.
University of Pennsylvania researchers gave the synthetic DNA vaccine to rhesus macaques six weeks before exposing them to the MERS virus, and found that all of them were fully protected.
The vaccine also generated […]

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 […]

Vaccine Sharply Curbs Chickenpox Cases in U.S.

August 13, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chickenpox cases in the United States have dropped sharply since a vaccine against the disease became available in 1995, a new study shows.
Also, hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued to fall since 2006, when a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to boost protection against […]

Vaccine Combo Shows Promise Against Common, Dangerous Infection

August 12, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that’s a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the elderly.
Two new studies of the same vaccine […]

To Sway Anti-Vaccine Beliefs, Focus on Consequences: Study

August 3, 2015

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Highlighting what might happen if children aren’t vaccinated can change the thinking of some people who oppose vaccines, a new study suggests.
Many people with anti-vaccine views focus on the perceived risks of vaccines, the researchers noted.
“Perhaps we need to direct people’s attention to the other aspect of the […]


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