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2011-11-01 07:00:00

American Osteopathic Association Survey Shows Only About 35% of Teenagers Received HPV Vaccine ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerns about vaccinations are not limited to parents of young children. In fact, while the majority of parents see the importance of making sure their children ages 13 to 17 are current on national recommendations for vaccinations, there is a significant difference between the perceived importance and whether their children were fully...

2011-10-25 06:02:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The polarizing debate on childhood vaccinations continues to cause confusion and anxiety amongst parents. Recent news stories and outbreak scares have given mixed messages: Reports of whooping cough infant deaths in California leads to legislation for mandatory pertussis vaccinations for all schoolchildren. Researchers find no link between vaccines and autism, but parents of children with claims of vaccine injury remain unconvinced....

2011-10-19 19:10:00

New Resource for Parents and Physicians Released at Annual American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting Philadelphia and Boston (PRWEB) October 19, 2011 This week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Vaccine Education Center at The Childrenâs Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) and the American Medical Association released an updated information guide called Vaccines and Teens for parents and physicians, detailing the most current recommendations and...

Many Parents Do Not Follow Vaccination Schedule
2011-10-03 10:24:36

More than one in ten parents use an “alternative” vaccination schedule for their young children, with many either delaying or skipping vaccinations altogether, putting their kids at serious risk, a new study has found. US government health officials say that, by age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in as many as two dozen separate doses. But researchers worry that more and more parents may be refusing to vaccinate their children, which raises the...

2011-10-03 08:14:00

More than 1 in 10 parents uses an alternative vaccination schedule, according to new University of Michigan research ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national survey of parents of young children found more than 1 in 10 use an alternative vaccination schedule, and a large proportion of parents using the recommended schedule seem to be "at risk" for switching to an alternative schedule. "Small decreases in vaccine coverage are known to lead to dramatic increases...

Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Effectiveness After 3 Years
2011-09-20 11:44:13

   A new study has found that the vaccine for whooping cough loses its effectiveness after three years. The new results released Monday come from a survey of 15,000 children in Marin County, California where an outbreak of the bacterial disease killed 11 infants and infected over 8,000 people in 2010. "When we first started having a pertussis outbreak, we assumed that this would be primarily in the unvaccinated population," Dr David Witt, of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center...

2011-09-19 16:00:00

A population perspective can improve individual patient care and clinical decision making for communicable diseases BOSTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By taking local biosurveillance data into account when assessing patients for communicable diseases, doctors may be able to make better diagnostic decisions, according to researchers at Children's Hospital Boston. For instance, in the case of strep throat, awareness of local epidemiology at the time of diagnosis could help...

2011-09-16 07:50:00

ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vaccines aren't just for kids, adults need protection too! September 18 kick starts National Adult Immunization Awareness Week and the Georgia Department of Public Health reminds Georgians that you never outgrow the need for vaccines. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show adults remain largely unvaccinated against preventable infectious illnesses. In fact, survey results from the National Foundation for Infectious...

2011-09-02 12:57:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a new requirement that all 7th through 12th graders show proof of receiving a Whooping Cough (Pertussis) vaccine booster, Anthem Blue Cross is sponsoring free clinics in select locations across the state to help low income children receive the vaccine, starting with an event in coordination with Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) in Watts on Saturday. "It's vital that we rally as a community to ensure that our...

Survey Finds More Children Receiving Vaccines
2011-09-02 05:27:57

  A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that a higher percentage of children are receiving needed vaccines, despite fears that vaccines may cause autism or other health problems. The CDC reports that immunization rates for children aged 19-35 months for most vaccine preventable illnesses have increased or at least sustained high levels. Anne Schuchat, M.D., director of CDC´s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases says,...


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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