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Celebrating the Overlooked Origin of a Miracle Vaccine

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Ever heard of Maurice Hilleman? Chances are that you haven’t, but he may be responsible for saving your life and the life of your kids and grand kids. Hilleman truly is one of the unsung heroes of the vaccines industry. He invented the measles vaccine estimated to have saved at least 100 million lives. Today, 95 percent of children in the U.S. receive the MMR — the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella invented by Read More >

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Act Now to Protect Public Health and Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

Act Now to Protect Public Health and Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

As many as 49,000 people die from the flu annually, depending on the season, and children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Among the 138 children who died from the flu during the 2012-2013 season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 90 percent were not vaccinated.  In addition, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, with the most vulnerable being infants, young children, older adults, and people of all ages who Read More >

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Inside Health Policy: Clearing Up Confusion About Bills Updating Vaccine Tax Code

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Inside Health Policy’s Alaina Busch wrote a story today on confusion that has been spreading recently related to vaccines excise legislation. Vaccines protect people from seasonal flu, and new strains have recently been approved to further protect public health. As such, the vaccine excise tax must in turn be updated to include recent approvals. S. 391 and H.R. 475 update the existing excise tax to cover the newest seasonal influenza vaccines. The legislation does not Read More >

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Renewing the Project BioShield Act: What Has It Bought and Wrought?

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In the next several months, the U.S. Government will decide whether to continue the funding and authorities associated with Project BioShield, which expanded the U.S. stockpile of medical countermeasures (MCMs) for potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks. Congress established Project BioShield in 2004 and provided $5.68B for procurement over 10 years. Two years later, it created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to oversee BioShield’s advanced development and procurement efforts. To 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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