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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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Is the Polio Vaccine an Anti-Patent Success Story?

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By Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization Question from a Reader: Heather: Whether Jonas Salk believed in patenting research or not isn’t important, at least not to me. What I do find important, and hadn’t realized until reading this article, is that the polio vaccine was extremely successful despite the fact that it wasn’t patented. That sounds like an interesting story because it goes against the current dogma of ‘we won’t Read More >

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Approval for AIDS Vaccine at Canadian University

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The Food and Drug Administration has given Canadian researchers approval to test a vaccine for HIV/AIDS on humans. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario are hopeful that with further tests, a vaccine could be on the market in about five years. Similar to the approaches used to develop vaccines for polio, influenza, rabies and hepatitis A, the vaccine is the first based on a genetically modified, killed whole virus and is the only HIV Read More >

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Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

On August 25th the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a consensus report titled “Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality”. The independent panel researched adverse effects associated with eight common childhood vaccines. The panel found there are no links between vaccines and autism or Type 1 diabetes and rarely connections to other adverse events. The IOM makes the following conclusions from the report: “The committee finds that evidence convincingly supports a causal relationship between some vaccines Read More >

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