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Whooping Cough Vaccines Proven Safe For Adults
2012-11-29 17:03:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to research published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, immunizing adults with tetanus-diphtheria-acellular-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to prevent whooping cough is as safe as immunizing them with the tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine. The researchers of the study looked at electronic health records of nearly 120,000 people ages 65 and older at seven U.S. health systems between January 1, 2006 and...

2012-11-29 12:55:34

A new study of the safety of the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine supports the recommendation that those 65 and older get the vaccine to protect themselves and others, particularly young babies, from pertussis. Published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the findings come as reported U.S. cases of the bacterial infection, also known as whopping cough, are at the highest level since the 1950s. An extremely contagious respiratory illness, pertussis puts...

2012-11-28 13:10:05

In an examination of cases of childhood pertussis in California, researchers found that children with pertussis had lower odds of having received all 5 doses of the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) vaccine series; however the odds increased as the time since last DTaP dose lengthened, which is consistent with a progressive decrease in estimated vaccine effectiveness each year after the final dose of DTaP vaccine, according to a study in the November 28 issue of...

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2012-09-13 17:47:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the early years of life, children are given immunization shots against all types of potential dangerous illness, including whooping cough, or acellular pertussis. According to a new study, however, children older than 6 and even some teenagers could benefit from an extra round of booster shots. “We found that the effectiveness of the vaccine wanes 42% on average each year during the five years after the fifth dose,"...

Back-to-School Health Basics
2012-08-19 06:29:23

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As summer is coming to a close, it´s time to think about getting ready for the start of school. For parents and guardians, it´s especially important to understand the back-to-school health basics. Luckily, the CDC has provided a number of tips for families and educators. To begin, one of the most important facets of back-to-school preparation is vaccines. The CDC recommends that school age children, ranging from...


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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
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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