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Daily News 2012-10-11


HPV vaccine linked to syncope, skin infections post-vaccination

Evaluation of Vaccination Recall Letter System for Medicaid-Enrolled Children Aged 19–23 Months — Montana, 2011

University Of Rochester Needs Volunteers For Flu Vaccine Study

Flu vaccinations are highly recommended - Health department will hold four community clinics

Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine for Adults with Immunocompromising Conditions: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Oxford Bio abandons prostate cancer vaccine study - Britain's Oxford BioMedica said on Wednesday it was closing a mid-stage clinical trial of its cancer vaccine TroVax in U.S. patients with prostate cancer, dealing a further blow to the troubled product.

NEWSLETTER  October 2012  t h e d o c t o r w i t h i n 
- CA Religious Exemption? Believe it when you see it!

Inovio touts DNA vaccine breakthrough in tiny PoC study

CDC targets higher flu vaccination rates

Working toward a universal vaccine for all influenza A and B viruses

Flu vaccination season begins - The Health Ministry warns number of flu patients may rise, recommends both adults and children to get vaccinated.

Professor lectures on cultural reasons for vaccinations

New vaccine could help women who already have HPV

Virginia: Free Flu Vaccines Offered

LETTER: Importance of Flu Vaccinaton - Windham resident Alyssa Martin wrote a letter to Windham Patch.

From Flu to Whooping Cough: Adults Need Vaccines Too

Republic Of Congo Introduces New Vaccine Against Pneumonia Free Of Charge

Meningitis Cases, Deaths Up Again

HIV-Positive Men Head to Clinic for 'the Other Meningitis' Vaccine

Kindergartners getting vaccinated

Hate to Break Your Heart: Companies Lie about Product Safety - Age of Autism

Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Kenya: Pastoralism Poses Challenge to Vaccinations

How Careful Is Canada About Approving Drugs? by Ed Silverman - Pharmalot

Glaxo Peels Back Curtain On Clinical Trial Data by Ed Silverman - Pharmalot

MDLinx POTUS Poll: Who do docs back for president? Depends on where they work - Hospital-based physicians back Obama, solo practitioners support Romney 2 to 1

Obama's FDA Commissioner, CMS Administrator In A Second Term? A Change Is Unexpected

Outbreak investigators find fungus in recalled steroids

Changes in select agent rules concern public health labs

NEWS SCAN: Decline in West Nile, novel coronavirus update, flu and heart disease, Fluvax seizure study

Meningitis outbreak poses questions for experts, clinicians

NEWS SCAN: AAP and food safety rules, peanut plant inspections, MRSA in livestock locales, social marketing to fight disease


Former NRL star Rhys Wesser visits Campbelltown Catholic Club for measles ...

EFFORTS to combat a measles epidemic in the Macarthur region received some star power last week with former Rabbitohs NRL player Rhys Wesser dropping in to a free vaccination session. Wesser visited the vaccination drive at Campbelltown Catholic ...
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Cumberland Courier Newspapers

Plugging the vaccination equity gap will save millions

Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective health interventions that can prevent disease and death among millions of children. It is vital that countries allocate adequate funds for these vaccines. APICHART JINAKUL. So why is this region leaving so ...
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Bangkok Post

Gates Foundation, Al Ansari Exchange Commit $10M To Fighting Polio, NTDs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Al Ansari Exchange, "a major foreign exchange and remittance company in the [United Arab Emirates], have committed $10 million over the next five years to tackle" polio and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), ...
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Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea: Is The Antibiotic Era Coming To An End? (VIDEO)

Polio is still present in <a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs114/en/" target="_hplink">Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria</a>, where unrest and dangerous conditions can make it more difficult to get everyone vaccinated against ...
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Polio scare in Bihar, WHO says test is negative

Much to the relief of India`s anti-polio drive, which has helped the country remain polio-free for the last 21 months, the WHO after detailed examinations confirmed that it was not a case of polio virus. "The suspected case of polio reported from ...
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Zee News

Republic Of Congo Introduces New Vaccine Against Pneumonia Free Of Charge

"Thanks to this new vaccine, Congo can save the lives of numerous young children who die each year because of the pneumococcal infection", said the UNICEF Representative in the country, Marianne Flach, at the vaccine's launch ceremony in Brazzaville.
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Female youth can now access HPV vaccine

Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death due to cancer in women worldwide and HPV infection is a major risk factor. Studies have shown the HPV vaccine is almost 100 per cent effective at protecting against the four strains of HPV of ...
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Hot Line Indeed: Florida Governor Accidentally Gives Number for Phone Sex ...

When Florida Governor Rick Scott attempted to give out the phone number for a meningitis hotline at a Tuesday meeting, he mistakenly read the digits for a line that is, well, extra hot. Instead of announcing the Florida Department of Health's toll-free ...
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TIME

New allegations about meningitis-linked pharmacy

The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. That pharmacy also settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a ...
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Scott Brown donates $10000 raised from pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff. Senator Scott Brown will donate $10,000 of campaign funds to the Meningitis Foundation of America, money his campaign received from the owners and executives of the pharmacy linked to the national meningitis outbreak that ...
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Meningitis Scare Clogs ER Hallways

Jim McGuire is unlikely to forget waiting in a hospital bed for the results of his spinal tap, as a doctor walked into the room across the hall and told a stranger he'd met earlier in the day that she had tested positive for fungal meningitis. The ...
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ABC News

Indie hip-hop about mumps, not gangland fights: Why?'s 'Mumps, Etc.'

Mumps, Etc., Wolf's fourth album accompanied by the band, sees Wolf's rapping come to the fore again after his flirtations with indie rock on 2008's Alopecia and particularly 2009's Elephant Eyelash. As such, the lyrics are obviously important, and he ...
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Senior Consult: All adults need whooping cough booster

Although I couldn't find any recommendations for how often adults need a pertussis vaccine, most adults need tetanus shot every 10 years, so if you get a Tdap, you would get that extra booster automatically. It is safe and effective to get the Tdap and ...
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Prince Albert health region investigating case of measles

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is investigating the first case of measles there since 2007. Health officials say a man is recovering from the illness but there may have been others who were exposed to the virus. Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr.
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Another Meningitis Scare Emerges, Targeting NYC's Gay Men

Laboratory technician Ruth Rutledge packages cerebrospinal fluid of the three confirmed meningitis cases in Minnesota to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing. By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter. THURSDAY, Oct. 11 ...
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U.S. News & World Report

The cost of getting the flu

Only 29 human cases of a new strain of "swine" flu have been identified in two years, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is making sure it's prepared for the H3N2 strain. ... Most people are skeptical about getting an annual flu ...
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Suspected case of polio reported in Bihar

By IANS,. New Delhi : After nearly two years free from polio, a suspected case of polio has been reported in Darbhanga district of Bihar, an official said here Thursday. "The case is under detailed investigation. As a measure of abundant precaution, ...
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Polio can be prevented – just vaccinate!

It would be very dangerous for diseases like measles and polio to mutate into more dangerous and incurable versions of themselves. Measles kills a large number of our children every year, and a polio virus that has mutated could kill far more children ...
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Independent Online

New vaccine could help women who already have HPV

Current HPV vaccines prevent infection with cancer-causing strains of HPV, but do not help women already infected with the common, sexually transmitted virus. Most HPV infections go away on their own, but some linger and cause precancerous lesions to ...
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NH clinics: some patients show meningitis symptoms

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — The owner of the three New Hampshire clinics that received possibly tainted steroid medication says a handful of patients are experiencing meningitis-like symptoms, though the state has not reported any confirmed cases in an ...
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Second case of fungal meningitis strikes in S. Jersey

A second South Jersey resident is hospitalized with symptoms of the fungal meningitis that is now linked to 137 illnesses and 12 deaths nationwide, health officials said Wednesday. The 57-year-old man - like the 70-year-old man whose case was announced ...
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Tonight on AC360: Meningitis outbreak, a family's heartbreak

The New England Compounding Center (NECC) that made the steroid linked to the meningitis outbreak has recalled the drug and shut down its operations as the FDA, CDC and Massachusetts officials investigate the facility. Anderson will also talk with Cary ...
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The Meningitis Outbreak: What Can Compounding Pharmacies Do Next?

Or at least they did until the current meningitis outbreak,which, to a greater extent than other recent industry crises, has aroused strong outcry for federal regulation (as well as predictable client-trolling by plaintiffs' lawyers). The medications ...
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In meningitis scare, charges firm misled US regulators

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - The deadly meningitis outbreak that has claimed a dozen lives is prompting calls for increased oversight of the nation's custom-made pharmaceutical industry, amid charges that the company at the center of the scare may ...
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Measles outbreak kills 10 in less than a month in Kuando Kubango

Menongue - Ten people died of a measles outbreak from 17 September to the present date, in Menongue City, capital of the south-eastern Kuando Kubango Province, a fact that is worrying the local health authorities. ANGOP has learnt that most of the ...
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Pakistan will begin vaccinating under-fives against pneumonia

The vaccine will be part of the country's expanded programme of immunisation (EPI), which is supported by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), the UN's child agency UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The introduction ...
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Pakistan to use GSK's Synflorix in national pneumococcal vaccination programme

Up to 4.8 million children in Pakistan will receive GlaxoSmithKline's Synflorix during the country's national immunisation programme to protect against pneumococcal disease. GSK will supply the vaccine at a 90 per cent discount through the non-profit ...
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Therapeutic Vaccine Shows Potential in Fighting Cervical Cancer

It is not related to preventive vaccines meant to protect against infection with HPV. The experimental vaccine attempts to harness the human immune system to fight disease: Similar to gene therapy, the drug inserts a piece of DNA into a patient's cells ...
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Does HPV Vaccination Lead To An Increase In Sex? No

One of the concerns regarding vaccinating adolescent girls against HPV infection was whether they might become more sexually active. A study carried out by researchers from Cancer Research UK, University College London, and reported in the journal ...
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Whooping cough vaccine found to wane in effectiveness after age 6

There are several formulations to get vaccinated for whooping cough, also known as pertussis. DTaP is a five dose series recommended at 2,4 or 6 months; 15 through 18 months and 4 through 6 years of age. Tdap is a booster dose given to people 11 to 12 ...
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CBS News

PA health region dealing with measles case

The Prince Albert health region is investigating a case of the measles after receiving confirmation an adult in the city has the illness. The region is also advising anyone who may have been at risk of exposure to be aware of symptoms and see their ...
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Plague scare farm animals immunised at RAK livestock market

"PPR can easily infect livestock, and it does so all over the world," Dr Al Shanasi said, adding that the situation in other emirates is "stable" and does not call for an immunisation campaign. "There are no reports about infections or animal deaths ...
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Free polio vaccine for young children

HA NOI — Supplemental doses of oral polio vaccine will be provided to 1 million children under the age of five in a Ministry of Health campaign launched yesterday. The ministry's Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) will be implemented in 79 high ...
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Algoma public health nurses still seeking fair contract

The nurses provide public education and health services such as immunizations, flu vaccinations, and an array of support services to families including the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program, parenting programs, a hotline for new parents with ...
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SooToday.com

Vaccination against pneumonia during Hajj

Karachi: An awareness campaign has been being launched by Pfizer Pakistan Limited to educate the public on the hazards of pneumonia and pneumococcal infections. The campaign covers various facets including prevention through vaccination in adults ...
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Waldwick provides family flu shot day

Thimerosal, a mercury derivative used as a vaccine preservative, is not contained in the flu vaccine that will be given to children.

Health notes: Docs talk on TV

“Infectious Diseases and Immunizations” is the subject of tonight's live “Doctors on Call” at 7 p.m. on PBS North. Dr. Alan Johns will host a panel of specialists consisting of Dr. Timothy Burke of Essentia Health, Dr. Andrew Thompson of St. Luke's ...
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New Vaccine Could Help Women Who Already Have HPV

A new vaccine could help women infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) who are at risk for cervical cancer, according to early results from a small study. In the study, the experimental vaccine — which differs from existing HPV vaccines that are ...
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Suit: Firm provided tainted meds in 2002, man died

The compounding pharmacy suspected in a deadly meningitis outbreak settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man's death in 2004, while a pharmaceutical firm with common owners was accused this summer of failing to separate ...
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After a Meningitis Death, Family Members Ask Why

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Diana Reed tried massage and acupuncture, but neither eased her neck pain. She may have injured herself while helping her husband, Wayne, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, in and out of his wheelchair.
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New York Times

Massachusetts governor: Drug firm in meningitis outbreak may have misled ...

BOSTON -- The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. Meanwhile, a second pharmacy connected to the ...
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Pharmacies under scrutiny over meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts specialist pharmacy linked to a company at the center of a major health scare closed temporarily on Wednesday and a state regulator clamped down on such operations in the wake of a meningitis outbreak that has ...
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Meningitis outbreak tangles two pharmacies with common owners

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts company that mixes drugs for hospitals on Wednesday gave up an attempt to distance itself from an affiliated pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis. Ameridose LLC agreed to close down for 12 ...
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Vaccine to treat cervical cancer shows early promise

Instead of preventing infections caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus or HPV, as is the aim of Merck's Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix vaccine, the Inovio vaccine is designed to train the immune system to kill cells that spur ...
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Wellington student diagnosed with whooping cough

Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, “is extremely contagious,” begins with cold-like symptoms and affects infants, children and adults. The bacterial illness involving the respiratory tract may cause fever, vomiting, breathlessness, a change in ...
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Ask a Doctor: Do young adults need to worry about vaccinations?

A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that adults older than 19 should get vaccinated with Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) at least two weeks before coming into close contact with an infant. Due to recent ...
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Experimental Vaccine Might Help Women Already Infected With HPV

About 6 million new genital HPV infections occur yearly in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 12,000 American women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year alone. Sexual contact is the ...
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U.S. military tests malaria vaccine

“[The trial determined the vaccine] was safe and well-tolerated with minimal local or systemic reactions and no serious vaccine-related adverse reactions,” GenVec said, according to UPI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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CDC targets higher flu vaccination rates

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is looking to increase the vaccination rates for physicians during the 2012-13 flu season. Approximately 86 percent of physicians and 78 percent of nurses received the vaccination during the 2011-12 season.
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Vaccine News Daily (blog)

Valley Fever Cases Increase, Yet Vaccine Remains Elusive

“Certainly we think that more attention is needed on finding new, effective treatments as well as preventive measures like a vaccine,” said Dr. Benjamin Park, chief expert on fungal diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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CDC issues new fungal meningitis health alert

A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health alert reported that the number of fungal meningitis cases in the United States more than doubled over the weekend. The CDC said there are now 105 confirmed cases of the illness, caused by ...
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Vaccine News Daily (blog)

Whooping cough continues to spread in Vancouver

Early signs can include a mild, intermittent cough and low-grade fever, according to the Atlanta, Georgia–based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... “Anyone in pregnancy should also have the vaccine to protect baby and yourself,” she adds.
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Straight.com

Doctors seek inclusion of cancer prevention into national immunisation programme

DOCTORS under the aegis of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) have enjoined the Federal Government to include Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) vaccination into the National Immunisation Programme. HPV is the cause of cervical cancer, ...
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HPV vaccination does not lead to an increase in sex

A study published in Vaccine reveals that contrary to recent discussions, the HPV vaccination does not increase sexual activity in adolescent girls.
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ISB launches unique rewards scheme to eradicate polio

Students' achievements in school are rewarded with Polio Points, and these points are converted into vaccines by the generous sponsorship of SCB. Points are recorded and displayed on the website wwwpoliopoints.org for the whole world to see. Designed ...
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Nigeria makes progress in polio eradication drive

Also, the country led by the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication (PTPE) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in collaboration with the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WH0), ...
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Polio eradication in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 'government striving to protect ...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that the Polio is the serious issue which mainly and directly affects the low strata of the society in particular and with this very fact in mind, we all are engaged in the struggle to get ...
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Vigo Co. School Corp. reports unique cases of chickenpox

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vigo County School Corporation called parents Tuesday, informing them about a recent unique increase in chickenpox cases. School officials aren't calling it an outbreak but seven cases of chickenpox have been reported in ...
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Health Department Announces Clinic Schedule for Week of Oct. 15

The following services will be offered during the week of Oct. 15 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski. Influenza immunization clinics for people ages 19 and older are offered ...
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HPV vaccination does not lead to an increase in sex

There have been claims recently that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination increases sexual activity in adolescent girls as it effectively gives them a 'green light' to have sex because of a perceived protection against sexually transmitted ...
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Low HPV Vaccination Rates In NV.

But even with those odds, only about 30% of girls here in Nevada have completed the course of three shots. And that schedule is just one reason for the low rate of HPV immunization. Other barriers include the cost, the perception that the vaccine gives ...
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Mass. governor: Drug firm linked to meningitis outbreak may have misled ...

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, photo, a sign requesting 'No Soliciting' hangs on the door of the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, in Framingham, Mass. The New England ...
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NorthJersey.com

Whoops! Florida governor gives phone sex number for meningitis hotline

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct 10 (Reuters) - In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. Scott was providing an update on the outbreak at ...
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In Maryland, 1500 people exposed to disease through steroid injections

Health officials said Wednesday that they still are working to contact and evaluate those at risk of meningitis, an infection of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. About 1,500 people in the state are among the 13,000 nationwide ...
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Fungal meningitis 101

Alert icon. Loading... Published on Oct 10, 2012 by CNN. Shelby Lin explains who's at risk for fungal meningitis and what to do if you develop symptoms. For more CNN videos, check out our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/cnn. Or visit our site ...
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Meningitis outbreak tangles 2 pharmacies with common owners

BOSTON Oct 10 (Reuters) - Ameridose LLC, a private company that mixes drugs for hospitals nationwide, sought on Wednesday to distance itself from the firm at the center of a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis, even though the two pharmacies have ...
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WHY? album release & UK tour next week

With their UK tour set to start this week and long awaited fifth full length album 'Mumps, etc' out this coming Monday Oct 8th (City Slang/Anticon), Californian alternative hip hop heroes WHY? have uploaded a new video. The clip accompanies their new ...
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Measles case has health officials on alert

The first case of the measles in Prince Albert since 2007 has the local health region warning residents that they may have been exposed to the disease. Dr. Khami Chokani, medical health officer for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, told a press ...
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Prince Albert Daily Herald

Parents urged to have babies vaccinated vs Rotavirus

The Philippines is the first Southeast Asian nation to include the Rotavirus vaccine in the government's universal vaccination drive after the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that all nations must include the same vaccine in its national ...
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The end of polio, malaria, tuberculosis, infant AIDS, obesity – 5 killer ...

You don't need to be a brain surgeon to understand that basic, accessible healthcare is a human right denied to many of those in the developing world, particularly children. The good news is that we are winning the war against child mortality, as well ...
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Flip the Media

Whooping cough, chicken pox cases reported in Edwardsville

The Edwardsville school district reported to parents Wednesday that a student with chicken pox and another student with whooping cough have both been reported at Liberty Middle School. Chicken pox is caused by the varicella zoster virus and is highly ...
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WHY?: Mumps, Etc.

“Good God / what the hell, what the fuck?” raps Yoni Wolf, WHY?'s heady mischief-maker, minutes into his band's fourth album, while harps flutter over clattering beats. “Am I just a red bump in the rash of cash worship?” There's a lot of soul-searching ...
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Paste Magazine

Baby nearly died after discharge from hospital

This year, Jenah Ramsay had to resuscitate son Nixson on the same day he was discharged from Christchurch Hospital with the potentially deadly disease. Canterbury has seen 1075 pertussis, or whooping cough, cases since August last year. The outbreak ...
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The Dominion Post

Whooping cough reported at MCS

A letter from Superintendent Michele Weaver was sent home with students on Tuesday informing parents that a case of pertussis or whooping cough has been confirmed in the high school. Ms. Weaver said the county health department and the district's ...
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One whooping cough case confirmed at Ki-Be Elementary School

Benton City — Kiona-Benton City School District officials have confirmed a kindergartner has a confirmed case of pertussis. The elementary school was notified of the child's illness by a parent and told the child was treated and will return to school ...
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Whooping cough on the rise

Most severe in young children and babies, Pertussis often causes coughing episodes, followed by a “whooping” sound when gasping for air. Other symptoms include what appears to be a common cold, with runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and possibly a ...
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Measles catch-up immunisation campaign begins next week

The municipal corporation will launch a UN-backed measles catch-up immunisation campaign from October 15. A task force has been appointed headed by municipal commissioner Dr Guru Prasad Mohapatra for this exercise. In its recently held first meeting, ...
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Cervical cancer vaccine in early stages

At least half of all sexually active males and females have had HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Pennsylvania start-up company called Inovio Pharmaceuticals has developed an experimental vaccine for people who ...
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