• Study Shows Effect of Vaccination on Spread and Diversification of Bordetella Pertussis
    The most comprehensive study to date of the family of bacteria that causes whooping cough points to more effective vaccine strategies and reveals surprising findings about the bacteria's origin and evolution. The new results could alter public health strategies to control ...More
    8 hours ago Posted in News
  • World Immunization Week is April 20-24
    "Immunize for a Healthy Future: Know, Check, Protect" is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, being celebrated April 24-30, 2014. The World Health Organization (WHO)  encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • Body Odor Changes Following Vaccination
    Our understanding of the role of body odor in conveying personal information continues to grow. New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor. This is ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Unvaccinated Infants Act as 'Kindling' to Fuel Epidemics
    Nearly 4 million children under 5 die from vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide each year, and two University of Michigan doctoral ecology students are working to change that. By taking into account seasonal fluctuations in birth rates, massive vaccination campaigns in ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • HPV Vaccination Rates Rise, but Education Efforts Need Improvement
    Despite a significant increase among young women receiving the vaccine that protects against human papillomavirus, HPV vaccination rates remain low and interest in vaccination slightly decreased between 2008 and 2010 according to new findings from the American Journal of ...More
    March 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Changes in Hospital Orders Increase Pertussis Immunization Rates
    Changing the hospital orders for women who have just delivered a child led to a 69 percent increase in the new mothers' pertussis vaccination rate, providing protection for themselves and their newborns against the disease, commonly known as whooping cough, according ...More
    March 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • Social Norms Strongly Influence Vaccination Decisions and the Spread of Disease
    Our response to societal pressures about vaccination has a direct effect on the spread of pediatric infectious diseases in areas where inoculation is not mandatory, says new research published this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. By incorporating social norms ...More
    February 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • Organizations Urge Physicians to Recommend Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
    Four leading national medical associations — the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) — together with the Immunization ...More
    February 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Young, Unvaccinated Adults Account for Severest Flu Cases
    A snapshot of patients who required care at Duke University Hospital during this year’s flu season shows that those who had not been vaccinated had severe cases and needed the most intensive treatment. In an analysis of the first 55 patients treated for flu at the academic ...More
    February 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • It's Still Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine
    Meant to get vaccinated in the fall to ward off the flu, but somehow didn’t get around to it? Think it’s too late to get vaccinated now? Not so. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccinations can be protective as long as flu viruses are circulating. And ...More
    February 7, 2014 Posted in News
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