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FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Against Meningitis

October 29, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new vaccine that could help prevent some cases of life-threatening meningococcal disease was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
Trumenba is approved to protect people between the ages of 10 and 25 from invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B bacteria.
The [...]


Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say

October 21, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A pair of promising Ebola vaccines could be deployed against the outbreak ravaging three West African nations by January, experts say.
Rival American and Canadian vaccines are being prepared for possible use in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but first they have to pass expedited human [...]


Research Shows No Link Between Vaccinations, Risk for Multiple Sclerosis

October 21, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds no link between vaccines and increased risk of multiple sclerosis or similar nervous system diseases.
Even though some have questioned whether vaccines — particularly for hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) — might be associated with a small rise in the risk of MS, [...]


Most Kindergartners Are Getting Their Shots: CDC

October 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most American kids entering kindergarten are getting their required vaccinations, a new report shows.
Coverage for the 2013-2014 school year ranged from 95 percent for the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to 94.7 percent for two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella [...]


Common Childhood Vaccine Cuts ‘Superbug’ Infection: Study

October 10, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The childhood pneumococcal vaccine helps children avoid the suffering and danger of ear infections, meningitis and pneumonia. And a new study suggests it may provide an added bonus: cutting down on infections from antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”
First used in children in 2010, the pneumococcal vaccine was linked [...]


Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against ‘Bird Flu’

October 7, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two groups of researchers report they are refining the vaccine strategies that will be needed if the world ever has to face a “bird flu” pandemic.
Scientists suspect that avian influenza could change and easily spread to people with no immunity to it, potentially causing [...]


Experimental Cervical Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Trial

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine meant to protect against nine types of human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent 90 percent of all cervical cancers, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data from more than 2,500 women with precancerous cervical lesions and found that nearly all were caused by the nine types of [...]


Whooping Cough Vaccine Rates During Pregnancy Fall Short: CDC

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — To protect newborns from whooping cough, U.S. health officials advise all women to get vaccinated against the infection during pregnancy. But researchers report that too few do.
This Michigan-based study of women covered by Medicaid — the publicly funded insurance program for the poor — found only 14 percent [...]


Rabies Shots for Dogs Would Save People in Developing Countries: Study

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Mass rabies vaccination programs for dogs in developing nations could eliminate human cases of the deadly disease, a new study suggests.
Rabies is rare in developed nations due to widespread vaccination of dogs. However, the disease kills about 69,000 people worldwide each year, or 189 a day. Forty percent [...]


Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older

September 22, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pediatricians are urging that all children aged 6 months and older be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their influenza vaccine recommendations to advise that the youngest kids should have two initial doses of vaccine to build immunity. The AAP [...]



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