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Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

April 15, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The H1N1 flu was the predominant influenza strain in the United States this year, but it packed a lot less punch than in 2009 when it caused a worldwide pandemic, health officials report.
This season’s flu virus didn’t reach those pandemic proportions because of prior [...]

As African Ebola Outbreak Spreads, Hopes for Vaccine Remain Years Away

April 14, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As a major outbreak of deadly Ebola virus spreads through the West African nations of Guinea and Liberia, public health officials are struggling to contain the horror-movie pathogen before it slips into neighboring countries.
They must do so without the aid of any vaccines to prevent [...]

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Program in England a Success, Researchers Report

April 14, 2014

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A sharp drop in the number of young women infected with the two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) most likely to cause cervical cancer occurred in England after the 2008 launch of a national vaccination program there, a new study shows.
The high-risk HPV types 16 and 18 [...]

Measles Cases Linked to U.S. Adoptions of Chinese Children: CDC

April 10, 2014

THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A series of measles cases in the United States involving children adopted from China highlights the importance of vaccinations for any adopted child from overseas, a new report reveals.
While measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000, cases still occur when infected people arrive in the [...]

Stroke Risk Spikes Shortly After Shingles Episode: Study

April 3, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with shingles face a significantly increased risk of stroke in the weeks following the first signs of the painful skin rash, new research suggests.
Patients’ overall stroke risk is highest in the first month after the onset of shingles, when they are 63 percent [...]

HPV-Linked Throat Cancer May Have Telltale First Symptoms

March 21, 2014

The first symptoms of throat and mouth cancer—also known as oropharyngeal cancer—may differ depending on whether the condition is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a small study suggests.

No-Fridge Nasal Vaccines on the Horizon

March 19, 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nasal-spray vaccines that don’t require refrigeration — which are still in the experimental stage — could help protect people in remote regions from future disease outbreaks, according to a researcher.
Most current vaccines require needles, refrigeration and booster shots, which can complicate their use. Refrigeration isn’t available in some [...]

State Flu Shot Rule for Preschoolers Curbs Kids’ Hospitalizations: CDC

March 6, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A Connecticut law requiring flu shots for children entering preschool or daycare has reduced flu-related hospitalizations of young children by 12 percent, according to a new study.
In the United States, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York City are the three places that require a yearly [...]

Hospital Policy Spurs New Moms to Get Whooping Cough Shot

March 6, 2014

THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New mothers are much more likely to get a whooping cough shot if hospitals make it a standing order, a new study finds.
Vaccinating new mothers against whooping cough (pertussis) protects both them and their babies against the disease, the study authors say.
Researchers looked at whooping cough vaccination rates [...]

Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician Says

March 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People older than 50 can reduce their risk for developing shingles by being vaccinated against the varicella-zoster virus that causes the painful condition, an expert says.
“People who have had shingles previously can still receive the vaccine. If you are above the age of 50 years old, you should [...]


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