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COLUMN: Vaccine bill hearing another Trenton sideshow: Frank
Asbury Park Press (NJ)
April 19, 2018
"Vaccines are heralded as one of the greatest advancements of mankind in the fight against disease... Despite the short notice, a sizable crowd turned out for the hearing. Conaway, chairman of the committee, rattled off the names of more than 100 people who had turned out to speak out against the bill."
Hepatitis A outbreak spreads south into Hardin County
April 19, 2018
"The hepatitis A virus is waging war on both sides of the Ohio River, and it's now spreading to the south. Hardin County is now the latest community grappling with how to deal with it. Sara Jo Best, director of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, said two new cases of virus were identified Thursday. "We've investigated 20 cases of hepatitis A in Hardin County, nine of which are residents of Hardin County," Best said."
Hepatitis A outbreak reported in 2 West Virginia counties
April 19, 2018
"A health department spokesman in West Virginia says more than 20 cases of acute Hepatitis A have been confirmed in Kanawha and Putnam counties since January. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says in a news release that the recent cases are linked to a multistate outbreak. Prior to January, the department said no confirmed cases had been reported in more than two years."
Study predicts 2018 flu vaccine will likely have 20 percent efficacy
Science Daily
April 19, 2018
"A Rice University study predicts that this fall's flu vaccine -- a new H3N2 formulation for the first time since 2015 -- will likely have the same reduced efficacy against the dominant circulating strain of influenza A as the vaccine given in 2016 and 2017 due to viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs. The Rice method, known as pEpitope (pronounced PEE-epih-tope), was invented more than 10 years ago as a fast, inexpensive way of gauging the effectiveness of proposed flu vaccine formulations."
National Infant Immunization Week aims to spread awareness
Brainerd Dispatch (MN)
April 20, 2018
"National Infant Immunization Week, an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children 2 years old or younger, begins Saturday, April 21. "Maintaining high immunization rates by vaccinating on time, every time, is the key to keeping dangerous diseases away from our communities," said Crow Wing County Public Health Nurse and Child & Teen Checkup Coordinator Denise Sjodin in a news release."
Vaccines and AMR: Strengthening the Fight
April 20, 2018
"This year's World Immunization Week (April 24-30), "Protected Together, #VaccinesWork", will again highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases and encourage people at every level - from donors to the general public - to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good. To coincide with this year's events, Pharm Exec spoke to Thomas Cueni, director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and chair of the AMR Industry Alliance, about the critical importance of vaccines in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the Alliance's work in mobilizing industry efforts to tackle this global health priority."
OPINION: Endangering Children In God’s Name
WBUR Public Radio (MA)
April 20, 2018
"If only there were a vaccine for lunacy. A few years ago, ground zero for anti-vaccine fanaticism was California's Marin County, where prehistoric-minded lefties refused to immunize their children against measles. Their fears - primarily but not limited to an alleged vaccine link to autism - were junk science, akin to carrying wolfsbane during full moons... Rich Barlow, writer, BU Today, Boston University's news website."