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Two Polio Vaccines May Give Greater Protection Against Crippling Disease

August 21, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using two types of polio vaccines seems to provide stronger protection against the disease and may boost efforts to eradicate polio, a new study shows.
The research involving nearly 1,000 children in India found that giving the Salk inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) to those who had already been given [...]

This One Thing Predicts Whether Parents Will Refuse Vaccines for Kids

August 21, 2014

Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children.

Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot, Doctors Urge

August 20, 2014

A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get a flu shot.

2 Vaccines Help Cut Bacteria That Cause Meningitis, Study Finds

August 19, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two new vaccines can reduce the spread of meningitis by reducing the number of meningitis-causing bacteria that people carry, according to a new study.
Researchers tested the two vaccines — MenACWY-CRM and 4CMenB — on volunteers aged 18 to 24. MenACWY-CRM cut meningitis-causing bacteria populations in the nose and [...]

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out

August 18, 2014

A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years.

Vaccine Shows Promise Against Mosquito-Borne Virus

August 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine to protect people from the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has shown promise in its first human trial.
“This vaccine was safe and well-tolerated, and we believe that this vaccine makes a type of antibody that is effective against chikungunya,” said trial leader Dr. Julie [...]

High-Dose Flu Vaccine May Better Protect the Elderly: Study

August 13, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The high-dose flu shot protects seniors better than the standard dose does, a new study finds.
About one in four cases of flu in older patients vaccinated with the standard dose could be prevented if the high-dose vaccine were used instead, the researchers reported.
“The study demonstrated [...]

First Ebola Vaccine Could Be Less Than a Year Away, Scientist Says

August 8, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus could become a reality in less than a year, one expert says.
As the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa nears 1,000, several groups of scientists are racing to produce a vaccine to protect against the [...]

When Colds, Flu Lead to Complications in Kids

August 4, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications — such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds.
The study, reported online on Aug. 4 in Pediatrics, followed kids who had to [...]

Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children

July 28, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States.
And routine vaccinations for the potentially deadly infection should continue for [...]


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