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Flu-related doctor visits cut by 48% thanks to vaccine, study finds

Feb 16 2017

If you've been spending flu season living in fear of getting sick every time someone near you coughs or sneezes, researchers have good news about the flu vaccine. The current seasonal influenza vaccine has been found to be 48 percent effective in preventing flu-related medical visits, according to a preliminary report in the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Thimerosal: What you need to know about vaccine preservative

Feb 15 2017

Thimerosal is best known as a preservative used in some vaccines to keep them from becoming contaminated. The preservative has gotten a lot of attention over the years, particularly since it was removed from childhood vaccines in 2001. Several studies have shown that the preservative is safe, but not everyone has been convinced. Here's what you need to know about what it is (and what it isn't).

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Majorities in all major religious groups support requiring childhood vaccination

Feb 14 2017

Large majorities of U.S. adults from all major religious groups say healthy children should be required to be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella to attend school because of the potential health risk to others when children are not vaccinated. Still, there are some modest differences between religious groups, a new Pew Research Center survey finds. White evangelical Protestants and religiously unaffiliated people are somewhat less likely than members of other religious groups to support a school-based MMR vaccine requirement, although about three-quarters of white evangelicals (76%) and religious “nones” (78%) do favor these requirements, according to the survey.

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Can the HPV Vaccine Protect Against Skin Cancer?

Feb 14 2017

The HPV vaccine, which protects against several strains of the human papillomavirus, shows potential for preventing new spots of skin cancer from popping up in people who have had skin cancer in the past, a new report of two patients’ cases suggests. Previous research has suggested that there's a link between HPV and certain types of skin cancer. However, the study was very small, and more research in larger groups of patients is needed before scientists can determine if the HPV vaccine really does reduce skin cancer risk.

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Safety of Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy Backed by New Review

Feb 14 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A literature review offers reassuring data on the safety of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination in pregnant women, industry-funded researchers say. "Evidence suggests that antenatal combined Tdap administered during the second or third trimester of pregnancy is not associated with clinically significant harms for the fetus or neonate," report Mark McMillan from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues in Obstetrics and Gynecology, online February 6.

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