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FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response

November 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The first flu vaccine with an adjuvant has been approved for use in seniors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
An adjuvant is any compound used in vaccines to boost the immune response of vaccinated people.
Fluad is a trivalent vaccine, which means it is produced from three […]

Most First-Time Moms Plan to Follow Vaccine Schedule

November 20, 2015

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of first-time expectant mothers plan to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their children, a new study finds.
But the survey of 200 American women pregnant with their first child also found that 10.5 percent planned to spread out the recommended vaccination schedule, 4 percent planned to have […]

California Vaccine Refusers Cluster in Rich, White Areas

November 12, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — California’s anti-vaccine sentiment tends to concentrate in wealthier, largely white areas of the state — a pattern that has left certain communities with childhood vaccination rates as low as 50 percent, a new study finds.
The study, published online Nov. 12 in the American Journal of […]

Vaccine for Deadly Respiratory Virus Shows Promise in Early Trial

November 4, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Another research team is reporting progress toward developing a vaccine to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common lung infection that can cause deadly complications in infants and the elderly.
Scientists think a proven vaccine could still be years away. But the new findings add to […]

Childhood Whooping Cough Tied to Small Rise in Epilepsy Risk

November 3, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Whooping cough may be tied to a slightly increased risk for a young child to develop epilepsy, a new study finds.
Whooping cough (pertussis) is relatively rare in the United States, however. And the absolute risk to any one child of getting epilepsy remains “low,” said Dr. Meghan […]

One in Five Pediatricians Drops Families Who Refuse Vaccines: Survey

November 2, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — One of every five U.S. pediatricians regularly drops families who refuse to have their children vaccinated, a new survey shows.
Doctors in the South and Northeast were more likely to take this hardline stance, said study lead author Dr. Sean O’Leary, a pediatric infectious disease specialist […]

Prepare Yourself for Cold, Flu Season

October 29, 2015

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cold and flu season has arrived, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from infection, an expert says.
“People over the age of 65 should get a high-dose flu shot. People under the age of 65 should get a regular flu shot. People […]

Too Few Preteen Girls Get HPV Vaccine, CDC Says

October 29, 2015

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — HPV vaccination rates among American girls remain too low, a new U.S. government study says.
The vaccine protects against infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina and anus.
“Increasing delivery of HPV vaccination at the recommended ages of 11 or […]

Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

October 29, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two new studies raise the possibility that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may blunt the effectiveness of flu vaccines in seniors.
But experts caution that more research is needed to better understand the issue, and that older people shouldn’t throw away their statins just […]

Teen Boys Need the HPV Vaccine Too. Why Aren’t They Getting It?

October 26, 2015

Most boys in the United States aren’t receiving the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine alongside their other scheduled inoculations, largely because doctors fail to recommend it or adequately explain its benefits to parents, a new U.S. government study says.



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