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Wisconsin sisters to appeal dismissal of ovary failure cases
Associated Press
May 19, 2016
"The attorney for two Wisconsin sisters said they plan to appeal the dismissal of their claims that a cervical cancer vaccine caused their ovaries to fail. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the cases involving 23-year-old Madelyne Meylor and 22-year-old Olivia Meylor were the first in the U.S. to claim that the HPV vaccine Gardasil caused premature ovarian failure. A federal judge ruled Monday that some of the women's symptoms appeared to begin before they were immunized as teenagers. But the judge didn't make a ruling on whether ovarian failure is a legitimate injury from the vaccine. Their attorney said he will appeal the dismissal of their cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have found no evidence that the vaccine causes ovaries to fail. The women weren't available for comment Wednesday, but their mother said they're disappointed with the ruling."
Judge dismisses lawsuit: Wisconsin sisters say Gardasil vaccine caused their premature ovarian failu
FOX 6 News (WI)
May 19, 2016
"Maddie and Olivia Meylor say they have been robbed of their womanhood after receiving a Gardasil vaccine which prevents HPV. The Wisconsin sisters were the first in the United States to claim that the HPV vaccine caused premature ovarian failure. A federal judge on Monday, May 16th ruled against the young women. Maddie and Olivia Meylor were diagnosed with premature ovarian failure in 2007, when they were teenagers. They started menopause decades early... The sisters went through the same genetic testing, looking for answers. They say all roads led back to that doctor's visit in 2007... The Meylors believe the HPV vaccine is to blame for their rare disorder. The sisters, who may never be able to have children in the traditional sense, filed a federal claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program... A federal judge on May 16th ruled that some of the sisters' symptoms appeared to begin before they were immunized as teenagers, and the case was dismissed."
Mumps outbreak reported at Midland University
Columbus Telegram (NE)
May 20, 2016
"A mumps outbreak has been reported at Midland University. Ten cases of the acute viral illness have been identified among vaccinated students at the Fremont College, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The first case reported symptoms on April 16 and the most recent case was reported May 13. There is potential for the outbreak to spread to other areas as students return home for summer break. The mumps component of the MMR vaccine does not guarantee life-long immunity, but those who are vaccinated for mumps are less likely to contract the virus. According to a press release from DHHS, those involved in the Midland outbreak received two doses of the MMR vaccine on schedule. Mumps antibody strengths drop over time, leaving individuals susceptible if exposed to the mumps virus. 'A third dose is not routinely advised but has been administered during larger outbreaks, as seen recently in Iowa and Indiana. At this point aggressive isolation is recommended for symptomatic persons for five days after symptom onset,' the release said."
Milwaukee reports 3 mumps cases
Outbreak News Today
May 19, 2016
"The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) has received reports of three confirmed cases of mumps infection in city residents, including area college students and community members... The MHD recommends that persons experiencing symptoms consistent with mumps infection, especially swelling of one or both salivary glands, call your healthcare provider and stay home from work or school for a minimum of five days after the onset of swelling. Individuals are also advised to cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing and wash hands frequently with soap and water."
Immunization Rates Increase in Lane County
Oregon National Public Radio
May 19, 2016
"Immunization rates are significantly up in Lane County, that's according to new data released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. In the current school year, non-medical exemptions decreased by 18%. Last July, Senate Bill 895 was signed into law. It made exemptions signed prior to March 2014 invalid and required parents to either submit proof of vaccination or go through a new - more stringent - process to get the exemption. Jason Davis is with Lane County Public Health. He says the new law is presumably the cause for the decrease in exemptions: 'People who maybe see both sides of the argument will go ahead and just not vaccinate. And so, what we're seeing is a lot of those people who would otherwise consider it, starting to come in, starting to take that step... We're starting to see counties that have traditionally had astronomically high exemption rates start to level out like Jackson County, even up in Multnomah County.'"
Vaccination film pulled from Tribeca Film Festival will debut in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Voice
May 19, 2016
"The controversial film 'Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,' which was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival in March, will play in Philadelphia, Newsworks reports. The film is co-directed by Andrew Wakefield, who published a study in 1998 that claimed there was a link between the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. However, that study was called 'an elaborate fraud' and the medical journal it was published in retracted it. Wakefield lost his medical license in 2010. The movie claims that officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covered up crucial data in a 2004 study that would have shown a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism... A study of 95,000 children, published in 2015 in JAMA and unaffiliated with the CDC study, found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine."
OPINION: Guest Opinion: ‘Vaxxed’ screening is irresponsible
Ashland Daily Tidings (NC)
May 20, 2016
"Have you ever seen a child with measles? Probably not, unless you are well over 50, because we have reduced the incidence from half a million cases a year in the U.S. prior to the creation of an effective vaccine (MMR) in 1957, to a handful of cases a year. At least that was the case until large numbers of parents started refusing to immunize their children. We essentially eradicated the disease from the Western Hemisphere by the year 2000. But when parents, frightened by Andrew Wakefield's thoroughly discredited 'research' that the measles vaccine causes autism, started to refuse to vaccinate their children, measles has been returning with a vengeance. Not uniformly across America, but primarily in the communities where such beliefs are endemic. Communities like Ashland... The respected Tribeca Film Festival decided not to show 'Vaxxed.' They saw it as a self-promoting, biased and dangerous venture masquerading as documentary. To bring this inflammatory film into our community and legitimize the falsehood that MMR vaccine causes autism is nothing short of irresponsible... JIM SHAMES, M.D., medical director, Jackson County Health and Human Services."
It probably is in the best interests of my child and my family to get vaccinated
May 19, 2016
"Non-medical exemptions from immunizations for students in Lane County schools have fallen by nearly 18 percent, Lane County Public Health reports. Officials point to a few different factors that could be behind the decrease. The first is a pair of Oregon Senate Bills: 132 in 2014 and 895 in 2015. Senate Bill 132 made it more difficult to get a non-medical exemption for philosophical or religious reasons. Parents now have to get their kids vaccinated or complete online training modules with information on vaccinations. As part of that bill, exemptions signed before March 1st, 2014 were 'grandfathered' and allowed. With Senate Bill 895, those grandfathered exemptions are no longer valid. Those parents must turn in the documentation or complete the new training process. Dr. Patrick Luedtke, a Lane County senior public health official, says these two bills probably have to do with the decrease in exemptions."
Facing the challenge of adolescent vaccinations
ABC 7 Sarasota (FL)
May 19, 2016
"More than 150-public health and health care providers from counties around Florida attended the 8th Annual Southwest Florida Immunization Workshop entitled, 'Facing the Challenge- Adolescent Vaccinations.' The goal was to share best-practice strategies to increase adolescent vaccination rates, with a special emphasis on the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, known to prevent a number of cancers, including most forms of cervical cancer.The workshop took place at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota at Lakewood Ranch."
Health agency to hold mock-immunization exercise
Sturgis Journal (MI)
May 20, 2016
"Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency will hold a mock flu immunization exercise May 25...to test the tri-county health department's ability to distribute vaccines during a pandemic flu outbreak. The exercise is part of the requirements the health department must complete to comply with federal emergency preparedness response requirements. A large-scale health emergency, such as an outbreak like pandemic flu, would overwhelm local resources, making it necessary for local health authorities to use mobile clinics, said Jim Cook, emergency preparedness coordinator for the health department... The goal of the exercise is to determine how many people the health department's mock clinic could serve in a two-hour period. Volunteers will complete forms, act out various scenarios and be 'poked' by coffee stirrers. No actual vaccinations will be given."
Research behind global switch to new polio vaccine strategy released
Science Daily
May 20, 2016
"A groundbreaking study shows that a single injectable dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) along with bivalent oral polio vaccine could protect up to 90 percent of children from polio and strengthen community protection against the disease. The research, published in the latest edition of The Lancet, provides the evidence behind the worldwide switch to a new polio vaccine strategy by demonstrating that new schedules of the injectable vaccine with the bivalent oral vaccine protect kids much faster and is safer than using the oral vaccine alone. 'Although we are closer than ever in our fight to eradicate polio from the globe, there are still challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially in the war-torn or politically unstable areas of these countries,' said Dr. Edwin Asturias, lead researcher of the study at the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, and pediatric infectious disease physician at Children's Hospital Colorado."
Kids Team Up With Vaccine Heroes to Destroy Deadly Germs
Shot of Prevention
May 20, 2016
"The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is excited to announce the release of Vax Pack Hero - a new web-based video game and educational initiative designed for elementary and early adolescent-aged children. At VaxPackHero.org, children can play a video game that allows them to explore different parts of the body, learn more about germs and help patients to overcome one of 21 vaccine-preventable diseases. Players can click on any of the 21 different germs to learn where it causes sickness in the body, where you will find it in the game and which vaccine heroes can help you beat it during game play. To defeat the germs and return patients to good health, players must choose from one of 50 real-life Vaccine Heroes. The heroes come from many backgrounds, to include doctors and scientists who have developed vaccines, as well as engineers, authors, politicians, philanthropists, diplomats, a milkmaid, and even two small children."
7 Celebrity Health Tips You Should Ignore
Cheat Sheet
May 20, 2016
"Celebrity fascination goes way beyond wanting to hear everything about stars' hottest roles, music, or books. We want to know their favorite foods, where they go when they need a vacation, and what they do to stay healthy. Just because a favorite celeb swears by a particular treatment doesn't mean it's good for you, though... If it comes down to making a choice based on a medical professional or a movie star, you're much safer sticking with doc... (2) Vaccinations cause autism. Most people think of Jenny McCarthy when they hear claims of vaccinations leading to autism, but Jim Carrey also purported this idea. CBS News shared a story about Carrey tweeting a picture of a boy with autism accompanied by text suggesting vaccines caused the illness. The reason this argument even surfaced in the first place is due to a 1998 study claiming the link, which has since been retracted and disproved numerous times. Unlike a lot of medical studies, which are hazy at best, research surrounding the link between autism and receiving vaccines is clear: there isn't one."