4) "Self-assembling influenza nanoparticle vaccines elicit broadly neutralizing H1N1 antibodies" Nature (May 22, 2013) - "Influenza viruses pose a significant threat to the public and are a burden on global health systems1, 2. Each year, influenza vaccines must be rapidly produced to match circulating viruses, a process constrained by dated technology and vulnerable to unexpected strains emerging from humans and animal reservoirs. Here we use knowledge of protein structure to design self-assembling nanoparticles that elicit broader and more potent immunity than traditional influenza vaccines."
5) "New Type of Flu Vaccine Beats Current Products in Animal Testing" Businessweek (May 22, 2013) - "A new type of flu vaccine developed at the U.S. National Institutes of Health outperformed existing products in animal tests, possibly paving the way for a new generation of vaccines. Researchers led by Gary Nabel, the former director of the Vaccine Research Center at the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, fused a protein called hemagglutinin, on the surface of the virus, to ferritin, another protein that carries iron in the blood, creating a new type of nanoparticle that elicited broader and more potent immunity than products sold by Sanofi and Novartis AG (NOVN), according to the study, published online today in the journal Nature."
6) "State Declares Meningitis Outbreak at Princeton University" Princeton Patch (May 22, 2013) - "The New Jersey Department of Health has declared a meningitis outbreak at Princeton University, one day after school officials confirmed the fourth case since March. Yet despite collaboration between the state Department of Health, local officials, Princeton University Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's some concern on the Princeton Board of Health about whether enough is being done."
7) "Update On Measles Outbreak in NY Frum Community" Matzah (May 22, 2013) - "The measles outbreak in Brooklyn is continuing to grow. To date, there have been 34 confirmed cases, including 27 in Borough Park and 7 in Williamsburg. Additional suspected cases are being investigated. All cases are part of the frum community and were, unfortunately, unvaccinated at the time of exposure, including 5 cases too young to have been vaccinated, 23 cases who refused vaccine, and 6 cases whose vaccines were delayed. Cases range in age from 0 to 32 years (median 7 years), including 5 infants, 21 children, and 8 adults."
8) "FYI: Are Unvaccinated Kids Really Causing The Whooping Cough Resurgence?" Popular Science (May 22, 2013) - "There were more cases of whooping cough in the U.S. in 2012 than in any year since 1955, provisional data suggest. The disease, which still sounds a little old-fashioned to these young ears, has been on the rise in America since 1980. What's going on? It's easy to blame parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids, based on anti-science beliefs. Indeed, researchers have found that unvaccinated kids have sparked whooping cough (scientifically known as pertussis) and measles outbreaks in certain schools."
9) "Adults Need Vaccines, Too" Hartford Courant (CT) (May 21, 2013) - "Many people believe vaccinations are relegated to childhood, but the viruses and bacteria that cause severe illness in youth can also infect adults. In fact, certain common infectious diseases, like chickenpox or flu, are more aggressive in adulthood. Untreated, some of these infections can be life-threatening.
On average, more than 50,000 U.S. adults annually die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications."
10) "OPINION: "If you don't like the employer's rules, don't take the job" Wisconsin State Journal (May 22, 2013) - "I'm appalled by the bill proposed by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, to prevent employers from requiring workers to be vaccinated. Hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities now require employees to be vaccinated against the flu. If they refuse for other than religious reasons, they can be fired. This is for the protection of patients. Call me old-fashioned, but adults make choices and accept the consequences. If you don't like the conditions of your employment, look for another job. Don't accept a job, then refuse to comply with its requirements...DENISE BECKFIELD."
11) "Pfizer points to pandemic potential of Prevnar 13" Fierce Vaccines (May 22, 2013) - "In pandemic flu preparation, a lot of focus is placed on protecting against the specific viral strain. Yet analysis of the 1918 pandemic shows secondary bacterial pneumonia directly caused many of the deaths. This brings Pfizer's ($PFE) Prevnar 13 into play, and the Big Pharma is talking up its role. Pfizer made the case for its previous generation pneumococcal vaccine--Prevnar 7--as a saver of lives in a pandemic flu back in 2010."
12) "Measles: 3,500 vaccinations in one week" Nursing In Practice (May 21, 2013) - "Cases of measles in Wales have continued to rise, with young people being urged to take advantage of the final week of school MMR vaccination sessions. Public Health Wales (PHW) is reminding children and parents that there is a particular urgency for those aged 10 to 18 to catch up on missed MMR doses. This is the age group hardest hit by the outbreak, which has now risen to 1,125 cases - an increase of 20 cases in the last five days."
13) "Decline in vaccination rates due to parents who read up online about jabs" Herald Sun (AU) (May 22, 2013) - "CHILDHOOD vaccination rates are continuing to fall and remain below the level required to prevent major outbreaks of infections. More than 18,300 children aged six and under had not been fully vaccinated in the three months to December last year, the latest Department of Health and Ageing figures show. The proportion of one and two-year-olds who had all the shots required under the nation's free immunisation program fell by 0.2 per cent. While the percentage of six-year-olds fully immunised dropped by 1.2 per cent to 91.9 per cent."
14) "Fighting the Flu Year Round" Shot of Prevention (May 22, 2013) - "You would think that by this time of year the influenza season in the United States would be far from over. Sadly, last week's flu activity proves otherwise. Although the amount of flu in the U.S. has been decreasing, there was still an additional pediatric death reported last week, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths from influenza this season up to 139. Out of the 2,416 specimens that were tested and reported just last week, 124 (5.1%) were positive for influenza. In reviewing the cumulative data from this current season, it's also noted that the rate of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations this season has occurred among 44 per 100,000 people."