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CVS to offer GSK’s new shingles vaccine at stores nationwide
March 16, 2018
"CVS Health is now offering GlaxoSmithKline's new shingles vaccine at its pharmacies nationwide as Shingrix continues to gain momentum. Shingrix is available at all of CVS' more than 9,800 locations, the drugstore chain said Friday. The rollout comes about a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Shingrix on its annual list of vaccination recommendations and nearly five months since the Food and Drug Administration approved it. Walgreens Boots Alliance said last week Shingrix was available at most of its Walgreens and Duane Reade stores. Starting Thursday, it also became available at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics."
Early vaccination key to preventing HPV
Medical Xpress
March 16, 2018
"Nearly half of adolescents aren't receiving a pair of vaccines to prevent a virus many of them will get. Guidelines released more than a decade ago recommend that all children receive a two-shot vaccine against human papillomavirus, or HPV, at their 11-year-old well child check-up. Yet local, state and national statistics show that HPV vaccination rates are well below half of the adolescent population. Dr. Ben Fogel, a pediatrician at Penn State Medical Group who has done work to improve HPV vaccination rates, said there are a lot of reasons as to why not all children get vaccinated."
Measles patient treated, isolated after Memphis arrival
March 16, 2018
"Two years after experiencing what was then the nation's largest measles outbreak, the Memphis area is again a focus of efforts to contain the highly contagious virus. A "small child" who arrived Monday from overseas at Memphis International Airport is undergoing treatment in isolation Friday at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with measles, said Dr. Helen Morrow, health officer for the Shelby County Health Department."
Clark Co. Health Dept. investigating hep A cases
WHAS-11 (IN)
March 15, 2018
"The Clark County Health Department is working with the Indiana State Department of Health, West Clark Community Schools and the Clark County Jail to look into multiple recent cases of hepatitis A. The health department said some of the cases were linked to an outbreak in Louisville. As of Wednesday, several cases were found among the inmates at the Clark County Jail. More cases were identified in individuals at the elementary school in Henryville."
New study raises concerns over vaccine cocktail
The Week
March 15, 2018
"A new study claims that pentavalent vaccine (PV), introduced in the country's immunisation programme six years ago, has doubled the deaths of children (soon after vaccination) as compared to DPT (Diphtheria-Pertussis- Tetanus) vaccine. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal, Wolters Kluwer Health's journal, Medical Journal of Dr D Y Patel University, calls for a "rigorous review of the deaths following vaccination with PV." The pentavalent is a combination of DPT vaccine and two more vaccines against Haemophilus Influenza type B (Hib) and Hepatitis B."
H7N9 Influenza Vaccine Clinical Trials Commence
Technology Networks
March 16, 2018
"Two new clinical trials testing an experimental vaccine to prevent influenza caused by an H7N9 influenza virus are now enrolling volunteers at sites across the United States. The Phase 2 studies, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will test different dosages of the inactivated influenza vaccine candidate (called 2017 H7N9 IIV) as well as different vaccination schedules. The studies also will evaluate whether an adjuvant boosts the immune responses of people receiving the vaccine."
Britain is slowly acquiring a pro-vax movement
The Economist (UK)
March 15, 2018
"MANY parents may have fond-and-itchy memories of chickenpox parties. At these events infected children played with healthy ones, helping to strengthen immune systems. Now such shindigs face dwindling guest lists as more people pay to be vaccinated against chickenpox and other diseases."