OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Bad Ideas on Television: An Antivaccination "View"
Jenny McCarthy has been hired as a "personality" on "The View," ABC's morning TV show, and this is, most likely, a very bad thing.
It will give her a platform from which to proclaim bad ideas, prim... Posted on 7/22/13 at 4:43 PM
NDAD INSIGHTS Kids with disabilities among flu season's most vulnerable
Another flu season is fast approaching, and there's a new caution forcertain people with disabilities -- children with disabilities, in particular.
Federal health officials are using a study of the 2... Posted on 8/29/12 at 11:45 AM
HEALTHBEAT What's behind the whooping cough epidemic?
Many people in the western Minnesota communities of Dawson and Boyd must have been surprised when pertussis, or whooping cough, broke out in 1998. I remember it well, especially for the concern it cau... Posted on 7/27/12 at 9:26 AM
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS Shots: Basketball and tetanus
Curious about whether or not you need a tetanus shot before you help sandbag?
Officials from the NDSU Student Health Service and the State Health Department say that floodwaters will not increas... Posted on 3/24/09 at 10:01 AM
As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.
The panel voted today to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 and older who haven't gotten a whooping cough shot as an adult. Children have been vaccinated against whooping cough since the 1940s, but a vaccine for adolescents and adults was not licensed until 2005.
The world should get ready for a new Made in China product — vaccines. China's vaccine makers are gearing up over the next few years to push exports in a move that should lower costs of lifesaving immunizations for the world's poor and provide major new competition for the big Western pharmaceutical companies.
New studies suggest that existing vaccines have a "track record of substantial safety and moderate efficacy," researchers wrote, but fall short of the "consistent high-level protection" that's needed. The findings should serve as a wake-up call for vaccine manufacturers, said Dr. Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
A vaccine against cervical cancer hasn't been all that popular for girls. It may be even a harder sell for boys now that it's been recommended for them too. A government advisory panel on Tuesday decided that the vaccine should also be given to boys, in part to help prevent the cancer-causing virus through sex.
Considering that in “old times,” it was customary for our ancestors to be married off and bearing children as young as 12 and 13, those of us who have raised and are raising daughters in this day in age are required to be more than aware of what is happening in their lives and the world at large.
The whooping cough vaccine given to babies and toddlers loses much of its effectiveness after just three years — a lot faster than doctors believed — and that could help explain a recent series of outbreaks in the U.S. among children who were fully vaccinated, a study suggests.
The first flu shot that works with a less-scary skin prick instead of an inch-long needle is hitting the market this fall. Sorry kids, this option so far is just for adults, and it's so brand-new that it will take some searching to find a dose.
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.
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