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Inexpensive, oral bovine rotavirus vaccine effective for children

Inexpensive, oral bovine rotavirus vaccine effective for children
March 28, 2017

Three doses of a live, low-cost and heat-stable oral bovine rotavirus pentavalent vaccine could prevent cases of severe rotavirus gastroenteritis in 66.7% of children in Niger, according to a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of death associated with rotavirus disease, but vaccination on a large scale presents challenges,” Sheila Isanaka, ScD, assistant professor of nutrition within the department of global health and population, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, and colleagues wrote. “Current prices of the two licensed vaccines [used by WHO] are probably unsustainable without external subsidies. In addition, the global supply of the vaccines is constrained, and unreliable transportation and storage systems make delivery of vaccines that require refrigeration difficult.”

CDC: incidence of influenza-like illnesses, deaths remain elevated in US

March 28, 2017
Despite a decrease in influenza activity in the United States, the number of outpatient visits and deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza remain high, according to…

NIH investigates single vaccine to protect against several mosquito-borne viruses

March 27, 2017
With mosquito-borne illnesses posing an ongoing public health threat around the world, there is a significant need for advances in combating and controlling mosquito…
In the Journals

Parental perceptions about influenza vaccine inhibit uptake

March 24, 2017
The way in which the childhood influenza vaccine is perceived has a strong connection with uptake, intended uptake and opinion of side effects, according to a recent

One More Shot for the Road: A Review and Update of Vaccinations for Pediatric International Travelers

Pediatric Annals, April 2015, Volume 44 Issue 4
Increasing numbers of children are traveling to developing countries where they are often at a higher risk than adults…
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Vaccines: April 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Vaccine refusal and hesitancy to vaccinate has been a growing problem in the past 2-3 decades. Perhaps victims of our…
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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

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Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
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In the JournalsPerspective

Concomitant administration of Menveo, other vaccines linked to Bell’s palsy

February 13, 2017
Researchers detected a temporal association between occurrences of Bell’s palsy and concomitant administration of Menveo vaccine with HPV…

In the Journals

Modeling shows invasive Salmonella vaccine reduces cases, deaths among children

February 10, 2017
A new model used to assess the impact of non-typhoidal Salmonella vaccine campaigns found that implementing a vaccine for invasive strains through


Zika vaccine may not be available until 2020

February 9, 2017
In a little over 1 year since the Zika virus outbreak began making headlines, a number of drug companies and research institutes have stepped forward…

In the Journals

Early dose of measles vaccine can decrease mortality, morbidity

February 8, 2017
Receiving early measles vaccination before age 9 months can reduce general morbidity in children and may improve their general health, according to

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Prolonged new cough in housemates linked to pertussis among infants

February 7, 2017
Pertussis affliction among infants shared a strong association with a prolonged cough in close household contacts, mostly among mothers, fathers and…

DTaP-IPV vaccine available in US for children aged 4 to 6 years

February 4, 2017
Sanofi Pasteur announced that Quadracel (DTaP and Inactivated Poliovirus) vaccine is now an available, FDA-approved immunization to combat

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Quadrivalent influenza vaccine may save lives, lower medical costs

February 1, 2017
An age-stratified static model showed that if the quadrivalent influenza vaccine was used instead of the trivalent vaccine, dozens of influenza…

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Exposure to patients with influenza persists despite hospital surveillance

January 30, 2017
A large community hospital in Toronto failed to diagnose one in six patients with influenza until they had exposed other patients and health care…

Washington state mumps outbreak nears 300 cases

January 27, 2017
A widespread mumps outbreak in the state of Washington has sickened 278 people, most of them school-age children, health officials said. The outbreak…

California measles outbreak reportedly involves Orthodox Jewish community

January 25, 2017
An ongoing measles outbreak in California is reportedly affecting a local Orthodox Jewish community. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, interim health…

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