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Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines

February 8, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The measles outbreak that first began in California’s Disneyland last year may have changed some parents’ minds about childhood vaccinations, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that parents with “high awareness” of the outbreak were more likely to voice confidence in vaccines, compared to parents who […]

White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

February 8, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday.
The funding will allow an expansion of mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and […]

CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

February 5, 2016

Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over.

Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks

February 5, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The booster shot given to pre-teens to ward off whooping cough only works for a short time — a fact that has played a big role in recent outbreaks in California, a new study finds.
The study, of children in one large California health plan, found […]

Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

February 3, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood.
“The American Red Cross is dedicated to providing the safest, most reliable blood products possible to patients in need,” […]

Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

February 2, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Local health officials in Texas have confirmed a case of Zika virus infection that was transmitted by sex, and not by the bite of a mosquito.
The virus, which is typically spread by mosquitoes, is suspected of causing thousands of birth defects in Brazil.
The Dallas County […]

Scientists Piggyback Experimental HIV Vaccine on Cold Viruses

February 2, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report progress in their bid to develop ways to piggyback an HIV vaccine on germs that cause colds.
In the new study, Harvard researchers said they successfully used cold viruses to deliver an experimental HIV vaccine to humans.
The approach “appears to be safe and well-tolerated, […]

Babies Should Get Flu Shots, But Too Few Do, According to the CDC

February 2, 2016

Only about four out of 10 U.S. babies aged 6 months to 23 months are getting vaccinated against the flu.

WHO: Zika Virus an International Health Threat

February 1, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global health threat, based on the suspicion that the virus may be to blame for thousands of birth defects in Brazil in the past year.
While the Zika epidemic first surfaced in Brazil last […]

Zika Vaccine Probably Won’t Be Ready for ‘Years’, Officials Say

January 29, 2016

A Zika vaccine could be ready for clinical trial by later this year, but officials warned that it will likely take years before it’s ready for market.



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