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2009-12-12 11:18:32

While vaccines help prevent many diseases in the United States, we lack immunization protection against several serious illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine that identifies priority areas for updating the National Vaccine Plan.  The revised plan should include a strategy to accelerate development of high-priority vaccines, said the committee that wrote the report.  In addition, it should emphasize the importance of expanding funding for safety research and...

2009-12-08 08:00:00

PARIS, December 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) has received a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement a program to support immunization advocacy in West Africa. The program, called ADVocacy for IMmunization (ADVIM), is a collaborative effort involving the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF),...

2009-11-19 11:15:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Immunization with either live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV, also known as FluMist®), or trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV), appears to offer a protection (~ 45%) against the novel A/H1N1 virus, the cause of the present influenza pandemic. However, the benefit was largely attributed to the youngest age group. The finding emerges from an evaluation of medical encounters and seasonal influenza immunization of U.S....

2009-11-18 14:12:15

Four million deaths averted through boost for immunization over last 10 years Following the increasing impact of the GAVI Alliance on the vaccine market, the price of one of the major combination vaccines, the pentavalent, is falling considerably, enabling GAVI's partners to vaccinate millions of more children in the developing world. News of the unprecedented progress was announced in Hanoi, Vietnam just before the GAVI Partners' Forum, which unites some 400 participants from all over the...

2009-11-05 10:52:06

The Journal of Infectious Diseases has released a special edition, Global Rotavirus Surveillance: Preparing for the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccines. This special edition provides a significant contribution to the understanding of rotavirus disease burden and the impact of rotavirus vaccines, which have the potential to save an estimated 228,000 lives annually. As the leading cause of severe diarrheal disease, rotavirus exacts a tremendous toll on health systems, particularly in the world's...

2009-10-31 13:37:58

Lancet paper stresses importance of accounting for background rates of adverse events The effectiveness of pandemic flu vaccination campaigns "“ like that now underway for H1N1 "“ could be undermined by the public incorrectly associating coincidental and unrelated health events with the vaccines. This is the conclusion of a paper published online Oct. 31 by the Lancet and authored by an international team of investigators led by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center....

2009-10-27 11:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (SSD) is partnering with the American Lung Association of California's Faces of Influenza campaign to raise awareness around the seriousness of seasonal influenza and to encourage annual vaccination throughout the Sacramento community. Sacramento County Sheriff's Captain and local "face" of influenza Scott Jones will roll up his sleeves at SSD's seasonal influenza vaccination clinic today with hopes that...

2009-10-27 06:00:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Acknowledging the critical role of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in ensuring the safety and efficacy of H1N1 vaccinations, Carefx Corporation, a leading provider of interoperable workflow solutions to advance the quality and safety of patient care, today announced that Boston Medical Center (BMC) has deployed the Fusionfx Immunization Management portal designed to enter and track H1N1 vaccination administration history...

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2009-10-22 06:40:00

Officials said Wednesday that childhood immunization rates reached an all-time high last year, but tens of millions of children in the world's poorest countries still missed out on life-saving vaccines. The World Health Organization, the World Bank and the UN children's fund UNICEF published a report that praised the fact that a record 106 million vaccinations had been carried out in 2008. However, they said 24 million children in 72 of the world's poorest countries had still been deprived...

2009-10-19 08:15:00

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Novel H1N1 influenza has raised parents' awareness and concern about seasonal influenza, increasing the likelihood that they will get their children vaccinated compared to past years, according to a recent national survey commissioned by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). Yet, while mothers view seasonal flu vaccine as safe and effective, significant barriers remain, causing some to leave their children unprotected. Based...