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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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CDC Addresses Flu Vaccine Shortage

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Did you get your flu shot this year? With 48 states reporting widespread influenza activity, flu season has come on fast and strong. As of the second week in January, according to data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29 children have died and 5,249 Americans have been hospitalized for flu-associated conditions. What’s been most worrisome, GEN’s Alex Philippidis writes, is that there have been spot shortages of the vaccine despite manufacturers producing 145 Read More >

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National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28

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Routine immunization of one birth cohort (i.e. people born in a particular year) during childhood prevents about 20 million cases of disease and 42,000 deaths in the U.S. These statistics are staggering, especially when we consider how far vaccinology and preventive medicine have come in such a short time period. Today, vaccines help protect children against 14 diseases before the age of two. Many diseases that parents once feared have been long forgotten. In the Read More >

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As Vaccine Exemptions Rise, Risk of Outbreaks Intensifies

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Generally, we think of vaccines as protecting the vaccinated. We often forget that vaccines, when administered to enough people, protect those in the community who cannot be vaccinated due to certain health conditions, who are too young to be vaccinated, or who experience vaccine failure. This “herd immunity,” as it’s called, is analogous to the concept of ‘safety in numbers’ and is critical to outbreak prevention. However, as reported by Valerie Bauerlein and Betsy McKay Read More >

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