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Bexsero vaccine booster effective for waning immunity

February 9, 2016

Recent findings in a phase 2b trial showed that a booster dose for the three-dose serogroup B meningococcal vaccine can overcome waning immunity after early infant immunization, and administration of the booster at 12 months could help maintain immunity.

“This study of over 1,500 participants provides novel data on the persistence through the second year of life of bactericidal antibody induced by various infant 4CMenB immunization regimens and on the immunogenicity and reactogenicity profile of 4CMenB given as two doses in the second year of life,” Matthew D. Snape, MD, of the department of pediatrics at the University of Oxford, and colleagues wrote. “These data, combined with local age-specific epidemiology, are vital for the design of the optimal strategies for implementation of 4CMenB immunization programs.”

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Senate proposes new safety requirements for reusable devices

February 9, 2016
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Legislators ask for national surveillance of neurological illnesses

February 9, 2016
The Senate health committee today recommended the establishment of a national surveillance system for neurological diseases.The objective of the “Advancing…
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Senate proposes EHR fix for physicians, patients

February 9, 2016
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New bill supports young researchers

February 9, 2016
The Senate health committee recommended a bill today that would improve opportunities for new researchers in the United States. The “Next Generation Researchers…
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The Adolescent Patient with Meningococcal Meningitis

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The Patient with HIV Infection

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The selection of the initial regimen is critical in that it is usually the longest duration regimen that a patient will…
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