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FDA Medwatch Alert: Recombivax HB (Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant)) Adult Formulation by Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp.: Recall - Potential For Cracked Vials

Posted 4 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck), initiated this voluntary recall due to the potential for a limited number of cracked vials to be present in the lot. Merck’s investigation concluded that for certain vials in the affected lot, the potential exists for a crack to have occurred in the vial. If the vial was cracked, the integrity of the vial and the sterility of any product remaining in the vial could not be assured. BACKGROUND:  Lot Number J001183 of Recombivax HB Adult Formulation is the only lot impacted by the recall and was distributed solely within the United States. The lot was distributed by Merck between March 12, 2013 and May 2, 2013. There is adequate inventory to replace recalled product at this time. RECOMMENDATION: If product from this lot has been administered, revaccination is not necessary. Customers are asked to inventory and qua ... Read more

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Vaccines Don't Appear to Increase Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

Posted 6 Jul 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 6 – Routine adult vaccinations for flu and other conditions don't appear to increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study has found. The finding challenges a common belief that such vaccinations can cause the immune system to attack the body and trigger long-term inflammatory conditions such as RA. Swedish researchers examined the vaccination histories of 2,000 people, aged 18 to 70, with RA and more than 2,000 people without the condition. Vaccinations included in the study were for flu, tetanus, diphtheria, tick-borne encephalitis, polio, pneumococcus and hepatitis A, B and C. The results showed that the type or number of vaccinations a person receives has no impact on the likelihood of developing RA. The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. "This result does not ... Read more

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Men, Women May Respond Differently to Vaccines

Posted 17 May 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 17 – Gender can trigger different immune responses and different side effects to particular vaccines, a new analysis suggests. The finding, reported in the May issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, stems from a review of prior research concerning vaccines that target a range of diseases including yellow fever, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis and herpes simplex. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy were also tracked during the review for their possible effect on vaccines. "Sex can affect the frequency and severity of adverse effects of vaccination, including fever, pain and inflammation," lead author Sabra Klein, an assistant professor in the department of molecular microbiology and immunology at John Hopkins in Baltimore, said in a news release. "This is likely due to the fact that women typically mount stronger immune responses to vaccinations ... Read more

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1 in 5 At-Risk U.S. Babies Doesn't Get Hepatitis B Vaccine

Posted 8 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 8 – About one in five babies born to mothers with hepatitis B aren't getting treatments that have been shown to prevent the infection in newborns, a new study finds. Given within 24 hours of birth, the hepatitis B vaccine and hepatitis B immunoglobulin can protect 85 percent to 95 percent of newborns from becoming infected, even if they were exposed at birth. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed medical records of 4,762 mothers and 4,786 infants. The records represented about 25 consecutive live births from 190 U.S. hospitals, each of which was surveyed about their hepatitis B prevention policies in their labor and delivery departments. Records showed that 18 women tested positive for hepatitis B at the time of admission to the hospital. While 62 percent of their newborns received the hepatitis B vaccine and immunoglobulin, nearly ... Read more

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Parents Still Worried About Vaccine Safety

Posted 1 Mar 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 1 – Although most American parents vaccinate their children, many are concerned about the safety of vaccines and some choose not to have their children protected from potentially deadly diseases, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that while 90 percent of parents say vaccines are a good way to protect their kids, and 88 percent follow their doctor's vaccination recommendations, 54 percent are worried about serious side effects. "Parents' hesitation about vaccines has, in some cases, led them to postpone vaccinations for their children," said lead researcher Dr. Gary L. Freed, director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan Health System. "The study found that 12 percent of parents have refused at least one vaccine that their children's doctor recommended." "When parents refuse vaccines, they place ... Read more

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Too Few Adults Get Recommended Vaccinations

Posted 4 Feb 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 4 – Most parents make sure their children get all their vaccinations, but when it comes to adults these protective shots often fall by the wayside, a new report shows. In fact, 40,000 to 50,000 American adults die each year from diseases that vaccines could have prevented, according to the report, Adult Immunization: Shots to Save Lives. The report was released jointly Thursday by the Trust for America's Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "This country does not have an effective strategy for immunizing adults against infectious diseases," Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, said during a morning teleconference. "Thousands of lives could be saved each year if we could increase the number of adults who receive routine and recommended vaccinations. We need a national strategy to make ... Read more

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Hepatitis B Vaccination Protects Against Liver Cancer

Posted 2 Feb 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16 – Vaccination at birth against hepatitis B virus greatly reduces the risk of liver cancer in young adulthood, new research suggests. In a 20-year study that followed infants who were vaccinated against the liver disease in Taiwan beginning in 1984, when a universal vaccination program went into effect, Dr. Mei-Hwei Chang, of the Department of Pediatrics at the National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, and colleagues looked at young people who had developed liver cancer. The researchers found that only a few people who had been vaccinated developed liver cancer, and there were possible explanations in most cases, such as insufficient doses of the vaccine. The findings appear in the Sept. 16 online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "These data suggest that the effectiveness of the universal hepatitis B virus immunization program to prevent ... Read more

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U.S. Childhood Vaccine Rates Good But Could Be Better: CDC

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 27 – More than three-quarters of United States children have received the recommended vaccinations, but greater efforts are needed to reach youngsters who are not fully immunized, a US government report finds. A 2008 survey of children from 19 months to 35 months of age, born between January 2005 and June 2007, found that 76.1 percent had received the recommended series of vaccines (called the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series), a rate statistically similar to the estimate of 77.4 percent in 2007. The national goal for coverage is 80 percent. "Vaccination is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children's health," Dr. Melinda Wharton, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a CDC news release. "Thanks to the hard work of doctors and nurses and other immunization providers and the commitment of parents, rates ... Read more

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