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2010-10-13 09:55:00

The U.S. 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. At the heart of the case is the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which was passed in order to protect vaccine makers from liability and to encourage them to remain in the industry, producing the much-needed drugs to protect kids from dangerous illnesses. The law is being challenged by the family of...

2010-10-01 15:00:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and SWIFTWATER, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR Champion and spokesperson for the Sounds of Pertussis Campaign, is shifting the fight against pertussis into high gear and asking adults to go online and vote for their favorite entry in the Sound Off About Pertussis(TM) song contest at www.SoundsofPertussis.com/songcontest. With cases of pertussis on the rise in the United States and some states reporting epidemic rates, Gordon is encouraging everyone,...

2010-09-29 08:00:00

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 public health campaign, "Give Your Health A Shot," emphasizes the need for adults to work with their healthcare providers to ensure that vaccinations are part of their overall health and wellness goals. To view the multimedia assets...

2010-09-28 19:21:57

Global health official says outbreak of whooping cough in Texas, other states mirrors challenges in the developing world 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. Alex Palacios, a special representative of the GAVI Alliance, a...

2010-09-23 14:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastmont Community Center responded today to alarmingly low whooping cough and meningococcal meningitis immunization rates among Latino adolescents by launching a new adolescent immunization awareness initiative. The grassroots campaign aims to educate local Latino families about free or low-cost vaccines available to help protect children against these and other infectious diseases. Only around half of Latino preteens and teens are vaccinated...

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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...


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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