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WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that adults remain largely unvaccinated against preventable infectious illnesses.
Researchers have developed a promising new approach to vaccination for rotavirus, a common cause of severe diarrheal disease that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths among children in the developing world every year.
A Pneumonia Report Card released today by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) on behalf of the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia reveals where urgent efforts are needed to reach target levels of coverage for the life-saving interventions that can prevent, protect against and treat pneumonia in children.
A new study on whooping cough outbreaks and how social patterns affect transmission suggests that blanket vaccination campaigns that target teens and adults could be a waste of time, as children largely spread the disease among themselves.
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- NASCAR Champion, Jeff Gordon, and the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign announced Maria Bennett from Florida, as the grand prize winner of the Sound Off About Pertussis song contest, today at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, November 5th, MediaPlanet published one of the largest Vaccines and Immunizations reports distributed to millions.
The US Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Tuesday as they prepare to determine whether or not vaccine makers can be sued for alleged side effects caused by their products.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and SWIFTWATER, Pa., Oct.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Soccer superstar, gold medalist and mom of twins, Mia Hamm, is kicking off a national effort with GlaxoSmithKline to remind adults about the importance of vaccinations in a well-rounded plan for healthy living.
The outbreak of whooping cough in Texas, California, and other states this year underscores the critical importance of widespread vaccination coverage, both locally as well as around the world, said a leading global health official attending conferences on world affairs and immunization in Fort Worth this week.
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...
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...