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By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Two million babies each year die on the day they are born in developing countries due to a lack of simple measures such as providing tetanus immunization and skilled midwives, the Save the Children charity said on Tuesday.
Please read in fifth paragraph, original version incorrectly indicated influenza vaccination recommended for infants younger than 6 months, whereas the recommendation is for infants 6 months of age and older.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The 2006 Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule includes new recommendations for immunizing against meningitis, whooping cough (pertussis), influenza, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today.
By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. adults should be vaccinated against whooping cough to stop its spread among infants, who are especially vulnerable to the potentially fatal infection, a federal advisory panel recommended on Wednesday.
In the first study of its kind, researchers at Saint Louis University have demonstrated that immunization with a new vaccine could potentially prevent more than a million cases of pertussis (whooping cough) each year in adolescents and adults.
Common bacteria that live harmlessly in the gastrointestinal tract and vagina of 25 percent of women can become lethal if a newborn gets exposed to them during birth.
In studies with mice, Penn State researchers have shown that a combination of retinoic acid -- a product the body makes naturally from vitamin A -- and PIC, a synthetic immunity booster, significantly elevates the immune system response to a tetanus shot.
A new survey supported by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) reveals that almost 90 percent of polled school nurses are concerned about the recent surge in pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks among adolescents.
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi-Aventis has launched its whooping cough vaccine Adacel in the United States, the world's third largest drugmaker said on Monday. Adacel, which combines whooping cough vaccine with routine tetanus and diphtheria booster shots, was cleared last month for marketing by the U.S.
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. teens should get a booster shotof the whooping cough vaccine to protect them from waningimmunity and to battle a resurgence of the sometimes deadlydisease, vaccine advisers recommended on Thursday.
Clostridium tetani is a rod-shaped, anaerobic bacterium of the genus Clostridium. It's a gram-positive and resembles tennis rackets or drumsticks on a gram stain. It can be found as spores in soil and the gastrointestinal tract of animals. It produces a potent biological toxin which is the causative agent of tetanus. Ancient people recognized the relationship between wounds and fatal muscle spasms. Arthur Nicolaier isolated tetanus from soil bacteria. Antonie Carl and Giorgio Rattone...
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