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  • Tetanus Shot Time

    About the Tetanus Vaccine

    Tetanus is an acute, often fatal, infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Tetanus bacteria are found in soil, dust, and manure and enter the human body through broken skin, usually through injuries from contaminated objects. The bacteria produce and disseminate toxins via blood and lymphatics. The toxins act at several sites within the central […] More

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    Most Doctors Succumb to Delayed Vaccination Schedule Requests Despite Concerns

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends fourteen vaccines for children between birth and age 6, with different vaccines recommended at specific ages in order to boost the effectiveness of the vaccination. However, despite concerns about increased susceptibility to vaccine-preventable diseases, most health care providers succumb to parental pressure for delayed vaccination […] More

  • Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule 2015

    ACIP Releases Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for 2015

    Vaccines are not just for children. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for 2015, which provides a summary of ACIP recommendations for the use of vaccines routinely recommended for adults. An article published last year in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine estimated that 30,000 adults die from […] More

  • Flu Shot Prevents Influenza

    Severest Flu Cases Among Young, Unvaccinated Adults

    An analysis of patients seeking treatment for the flu at Duke University Hospital reveals that the most severe cases and the cases that require the most intensive treatment occur among unvaccinated individuals. Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy […] More

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    11 Lies About the Flu Shot

    As autumn continues and eventually transitions into winter — and flu season — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that all individuals who are at least six months of age receive a flu vaccine. The flu shot […] More

  • Diphtheria Vaccine

    About the Diphtheria Vaccine

    Diphtheria is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The disease is a bacterial infection in the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms include weakness, sore throat, fever, swollen neck glands, and difficulty breathing. The breathing difficulties associated with diphtheria are the result of a thick gray coating in the nose or throat called […] More

  • Twinrix Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccine

    Frozen Berry Hepatitis A Outbreak: Highlighting the Importance of the Hepatitis A Vaccine

    Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus that can cause mild to severe illness. Although many people erroneously consider hepatitis a sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis A is transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food and water as well as through direct contact with an infectious person. Individuals infected […] More

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    Whooping Cough Vaccine During Pregnancy Recommended in Third Trimester

    According to a new recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women should receive the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy during the third trimester. Pertussis, or the whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable and violent coughing, making breathing difficult. Although serious for any individual, the whooping […] More

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    Recommended Childhood Vaccination Schedule Is Safe, Says Institute of Medicine

    Although an alarmingly increasing population in the United States is shunning the recommended vaccination schedule provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scientists at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently announced that evidence is lacking that following the recommended schedule causes developmental or health problems like autism or asthma in children. As […] More

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    Evaluating the Flu Shot: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Influenza Vaccine During Pregnancy

    According to recommendations by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women should receive the inactivated influenza vaccine at the start of the flu season. In the study entitled “Adverse events in pregnant women following administration of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine and live attenuated influenza vaccine […] More

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