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The Value of Prevention

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Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most important advances in medical history. Once-devastating diseases like polio, which at its peak claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans each year, have been nearly eradicated. A report issued by the CDC in April estimated that vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations among children born in the US over the past 20 years. Despite this track record of overwhelming success, a recent New Read More >

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New CDC Tool to Track Antibiotic Use & Resistance

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Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats facing our health care system. Last fall, the CDC issued a report which found that 2 million people acquire an antibiotic resistant infection each year in the US, of whom at least 23,000 die as a result. To help address this threat, the CDC is releasing a new tool, the Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) reporting module, which will enable all hospitals in the Read More >

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BIO Calls for Adequate Funding of Vaccine and Biodefense Programs

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It’s budget time here in Washington, with appropriators in the House and Senate working overtime to craft a budget that can pass both chambers and keep our government funded for another year – not always the easiest of tasks. Here at BIO, we’ve been just as busy working to ensure that the FY 2015 budget contains adequate funding for a host of programs that encourage medical innovation, robust public health and emergency preparedness programs, and Read More >

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Young Invincibles Still Need Flu Shot

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Last Friday, the CDC reported that 35 states are seeing widespread cases of influenza. Young and middle aged adults are getting hit harder than usual this season due to the prevalence of the H1N1 (swine flu) strain, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most years, it’s the very young and very old who are most affected. Unlike 2009, when H1N1 re-emerged after lying dormant for decades, this year’s flu shot does include protection against H1N1. However, Read More >

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Flu Week: It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, established by the CDC to encourage people to get vaccinated as we enter the holiday season. In the past few years, estimates have shown that flu vaccination activity drops quickly after November. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, it’s not too late. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, and vaccination remains beneficial as long as long as the viruses are spreading and causing Read More >

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