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2010-09-19 09:30:00

Californians are hurrying up to get vaccinated for a whooping cough epidemic that has claimed the lives of several babies. The number of people with the infection has reached a 55-year high, including nine infants who have died. "In addition to children, who are the most vulnerable, those who care for or are in contact with children should also be immunized," Walgreens Pharmacy, which is offering vaccines at 150 of its stores, said in a statement. Just over 4,000 cases were confirmed up to...

2010-09-14 12:00:00

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- School may have just started, but are your students already behind on their exams? An essential, but often overlooked, part of the back-to-school season are trips to the doctor, dentist and optometrist for routine health exams to ensure students can see the blackboard, their teeth are healthy, and their immunizations are up-to-date. That's why Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) is reinforcing the importance of parents talking with their child's...

2010-09-08 07:15:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- As California's whooping cough outbreak shows early signs of spreading outside the state, Practice Fusion is arming its medical community with the tools needed to provide an effective response. Primary care providers are the first line of defense against whooping cough by providing early vaccination to prevent this potentially fatal disease. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091118/PFLOGO) (Logo:...

2010-08-31 12:19:00

The National Hispanic Medical Association applauds "Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story" for powerful message HOUSTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Hospital has adapted its medically acclaimed book, "Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story" into a Spanish-language version featuring real-life stories about the impact of five diseases that are vaccine-preventable, yet prevalent in the Hispanic and Latino communities. Copies of the book are...

2010-08-27 16:06:00

MANCHESTER, N.H., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With the back to school shopping season in full swing, it is also important to arm area children and teens with other tools they need to have a good school year- like medical exams. These are critical to good health and should take place before or shortly after the start of the new school year, and include a routine doctor's exam to confirm that all immunizations are up-to-date, a dental check-up, and a vision exam. Richard Lafleur, medical...

2010-08-26 11:07:00

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Many children and teens are enjoying the remaining days of their summer vacation, but are they truly prepared for what lies ahead? With a few simple medical exams, Virginia's school-age children will be armed with the tools they need to enjoy a healthy school year. The exams we are referring to are given in a doctor's and/or dentist's office, and should take place before or shortly after the start of the new school year, and include a routine...

2010-08-23 15:10:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With some areas of the state seeing an increase in whooping cough, known medically as pertussis, the Department of Health urges all Pennsylvanians to ensure they are protected against the vaccine-preventable disease. The department will soon hold public vaccination clinics in York and Delaware counties, where cases of pertussis have been rising. Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system and is characterized by severe coughing...

2010-08-23 13:10:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With some areas of the state seeing an increase in whooping cough, known medically as pertussis, the Department of Health urges all Pennsylvanians to ensure they are protected against the vaccine-preventable disease. The department will soon hold public vaccination clinics in York and Delaware counties, where cases of pertussis have been rising. Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system and is characterized by severe...

2010-08-19 15:04:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingrid Vandebosch, wife of NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, is modeling perfect new mother behavior by getting her Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) booster vaccine to help protect herself against pertussis (whooping cough) and reduce her risk of transmitting the disease to her newborn son. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100819/NY52936 ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100819/NY52936 ) Vandebosch and Gordon, who got...

2010-08-18 10:00:00

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A new school year can be a busy time for families. As busy as it is, it's a critical time for parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on all recommended adolescent vaccines. The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is urging parents to protect their children from serious, sometimes life-threatening illnesses before they send them back to school. One such illness is meningococcal disease, a deadly but potentially vaccine-preventable bacterial...


Latest Pertussis Reference Libraries

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2011-04-14 15:37:44

Bordetella pertussis is a Gram-negative, aerobic coccobacillus of the genus Bordetella. It is the causative agent of pertussis or whooping cough and it is non-motile. There is no zoonotic reservoir thus humans are the only hosts. Bacterium is spread by coughing and by nasal dripping after an incubation period of 7 to 14 days. Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory system and characterized by a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in. Before the vaccine was developed there were...

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2011-04-14 15:28:20

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a small, gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Bordetella. It can cause bronchitis although it rarely infects humans. It is closely related to pertussis which causes whooping cough and B. bronchiseptica can persist in the environment for extended periods. Humans are not natural carriers of B. bronchiseptica, which normally infects the respiratory tracts of smaller mammals. It does not express pertussis toxin although it has the genes to do so which...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.