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Vaccinations Belong on Parents' Back-to-School Checklists

Posted 20 Aug 2012 by

MONDAY, Aug. 20 – Vaccinations among school-aged children can save lives and parents should be sure their children are fully immunized as part of their back-to-school preparations, according to a pediatric infectious disease specialist. "These vaccines save children's lives; parents interested in keeping their child alive should have them vaccinated," Dr. David Kimberlin, a University of Alabama ...

Doctors in a Bind When Parents Want to Delay, Skip Vaccines

Posted 28 Nov 2011 by

MONDAY, Nov. 28 – Mistrust of childhood vaccines is causing some parents to request "alternative" schedules from doctors, either delaying or skipping some shots. And a new study suggests that most pediatricians are willing to go along with these requests – up to a point. "Parents seem to be regularly requesting alternative childhood immunization schedules," noted co-author Dr. Douglas John ...

CDC Report Shows Bacterial Meningitis Cases on the Decline

Posted 25 May 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, May 25 – The incidence of bacterial meningitis dropped by 31 percent between 1998 and 2007, new government research shows. The drop was led by reductions in infections by two powerful germs – Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae – that are covered by available immunizations. With fewer infections among young children, the burden of the disease is now mainly borne by ...

Quick Action Can Restore Hearing After Meningitis-Induced Deafness

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by

MONDAY, Oct. 18 – Health-care providers should move quickly to try to restore hearing in children who become deaf after developing pneumococcal meningitis, a small new study finds. The number of cases of meningitis and related diseases have dropped sharply since a vaccine for meningitis – the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) – became available in 2001. "However, pneumococcal ...

Anti-Inflammatory Helps Treat Bacterial Meningitis: Study

Posted 29 Sep 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29 – Using the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone along with antibiotics increases the chance of surviving a bout with bacterial meningitis, Dutch researchers report. "Dexamethasone therapy reduces mortality from bacterial meningitis by one-third," said lead researcher Dr. Diederik van de Beek, a clinical neurologist from the Academic Medical Center at the University of ...

Meningitis Vaccine Seems to Work Like a Charm

Posted 14 Jan 2009 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 – Rates of pneumococcal meningitis, a potentially life-threatening infection, have declined substantially since a new vaccine was introduced in 2000, a new study shows. The declines have been seen not only in children given the vaccine but also in adults, suggesting a herd immunity effect, the researchers noted. To assess the effect of the vaccine, researchers from several ...

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