THE NEW FORTY Trust, but verify...
I understand and appreciate the notion that we should not treat doctors as demigods. They are, after all, just human beings-well-educated and trained human beings in medical science, but human beings ... Posted on 12/10/11 at 10:12 AM
HEALTHBEAT Fearing the needle
I have no real fear of needles. Being stuck with a needle for a vaccination or a blood sample doesn't bother me in the slightest. Even a bone marrow biopsy didn't freak me out, although I wasn't thr... Posted on 9/29/09 at 4:25 AM
More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. In eight states now, including Minnesota, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found. The trend concerns, if not alarms, public health professionals.
By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.
The share of Minnesota teenagers who have received three key vaccines grew significantly last year, but public health experts said they are still troubled by the relatively slow adoption of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
It's been six weeks since the state's last measles case. The totals from the state's worst outbreak in years stand at 23 cases including 14 children who had to be hospitalized. But there were no deaths.
Health experts spent nearly two hours at a Somali community forum in Minneapolis, trying to persuade people that the measles vaccine is safe and necessary. But there’s little evidence that Saturday night’s event changed anyone’s mind.
The federal National Immunization Survey shows Minnesota has dropped 13 spots in two years — from seventh in 2007 to 20th in 2009 for the primary series of shots given children age 19 months to 35 months.
One day, your annual flu shot could come in the mail.
At least, that’s the hope of researchers developing a new method of vaccine delivery that people could even use at home: a patch with microneedles.
No big problems seen in first report on new vaccine Since vaccinations began in early October, the government has been tracking the safety of the swine flu vaccine. By mid-November, about 22 million Americans had gotten the vaccine and there were about 3,200 reports of possible side effects, the vast majority for minor things like soreness or swelling from the shot.
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