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CDC approves 2-dose HPV vaccine schedule

Dec 15 2016

Federal health authorities have approved a two-dose schedule for HPV vaccine for adolescents under age 15 years. New research shows a two-dose schedule for younger adolescents provides effective, long-lasting protection from HPV-related cancers and is economical, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox

Dec 08 2016

The surprise find of smallpox DNA in a child mummy from the 17th century could help scientists start to trace the mysterious history of this notorious virus. Smallpox currently only exists in secure freezers, after a global vaccination campaign eradicated the virus in the late 1970s. But much about this killer remains unknown, including its origins.

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Mumps Outbreaks Are Worst in a Decade

Dec 06 2016

With a month still to go, 2016 is already the worst year for mumps outbreaks in a decade. Despite widespread vaccination requirements, college campuses are bearing the brunt of the attack as students live in close quarters and don’t always maintain the healthiest lifestyles. As of Nov. 26, the latest date available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recorded 3,832 provisional mumps cases across 45 states and Washington, D.C. That’s nearly triple the 2015 total of 1,329 and the highest tally since 2006. The University of Missouri called off a popular late-night breakfast at the start of finals and asked students to cancel nonmandatory social gatherings and speaker events to stem the spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease.

Source: Wall Street Journal Wall Street Journal

Advice For Doctors Talking To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

Dec 05 2016

A full decade after the Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine to fight the sexually transmitted, cancer-causing human papillomavirus, almost half of all adolescents have still not received their first dose. This low vaccination rate is dramatic when compared to other routine childhood immunizations like polio and measles, mumps and rubella, where compliance is above 90 percent. In order to boost HPV vaccination, doctors should be more assertive when bringing up the topic with parents, says Noel Brewer, a health and behavior scientist at the University of North Carolina. Brewer knew from earlier research that doctors contribute to that low vaccination rate because "most doctors and parents don't want to talk about sex," he says, especially when children are 11 or 12 — the age the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine be given.

Source: NPR NPR

$15-million donation funds immunization clinic at B.C. Children's Hospital

Dec 05 2016

In 1995, Dr. David Scheifele wrote a paper proposing that facilities such as B.C. Children’s Hospital should have on-site clinics where sick kids could catch up on their vaccinations. It took 21 years, but that vision is finally becoming a reality. Thanks to a $15-million donation from Save-On-Foods, a new immunization clinic is expected to open at the hospital in the fall of 2017 — just as Scheifele gets set to retire after nearly three decades leading the Vaccine Evaluation Centre there. “I feel like a woman who’s finally delivered a baby after a very long gestation and the idea of giving it up for adoption is kind of jarring,” Scheifele admitted. “I’m going to do some co-parenting, at least.”

Source: Vancouver Sun Vancouver Sun

AIDS experts say new vaccine trial may offer hope for a cure

Dec 05 2016

At the end of 2015, about 36.7 million people had been living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to UNAIDS. But new initiatives, including a clinical trial for an HIV vaccine in South Africa, as well as a campaign to help children stay free of AIDS, are giving advocates hope that more lives can be saved from the devastating illness in the coming years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the primary hurdles societies face in preventing transmission of HIV is individuals’ lack of a diagnosis.

Source: FoxNews Health

Without FluMist, vaccination program sees 42% drop

Dec 01 2016

Without the FluMist available this year to vaccinate students against influenza, Alachua County’s Control Flu program had a 42 percent decrease in participation, the program announced Tuesday. “It’s a big drop-off, but not as much as we expected,” said Paul Myers, administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. More than 8,200 children were vaccinated through the program this season, Myers said, compared to 14,500 children last year. Myers said he expected the participation rate might decrease by as much as 50 percent.

Source: The Gainesville Sun The Gainesville Sun

Explainer: the how, what and why of the latest HIV vaccine trial

Dec 01 2016

The world needs an HIV vaccine. Our prevention toolbox is better than it has ever been. But there is increasing recognition that the world needs to scale up primary HIV prevention. Effective vaccination is the poster child for prevention - it is the thing we are missing. If we can get that we can talk about eliminating HIV across the world. It is fantastic that once again a vaccine is being put into the field. The only way scientists can really learn and understand human immunity is through human clinical trials. I think everyone agrees that laboratory and animal research can only take us so far.

Source: Huffington Post