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Anti-Vaccine Family Members, Friends Spur Many Moms to Delay Baby's Shots

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – If a pregnant woman hears anti-vaccine messages from family or friends about childhood immunizations, she's much more likely to delay her baby's shots, new research shows. And that's true even if she hears positive messages after the discouraging ones, the New Zealand investigators found. "Pregnancy is an important time for educating about infant immunization," said study ...

Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – A group of six high-ranking U.S. Senators and House members from both sides of the aisle issued a statement Tuesday supporting the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved vaccines. The statement comes after reports that President Donald Trump has shown some support for the widely discredited "anti-vaxxer" movement. In early January, Robert Kennedy Jr., a vocal opponent ...

Mummy of 17th Century Child May Alter the History of Smallpox

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – A mummy of a child who lived in the 1600s in Lithuania could offer new insight into how smallpox developed over the millennia. Researchers say they've found the oldest known sample of the virus that causes smallpox in the child. The child's remains were discovered in a crypt under a church, the authors report in the Dec. 8 issue of Current Biology. "There have been signs ...

Man Who Got Smallpox Vaccine Passes Milder Infection to Sex Partner: CDC

Posted 28 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 – A man recently vaccinated for smallpox under a U.S. Defense Department program passed a milder, related form of the disease on to a man he had sex with, and that man then passed it on to yet another man, federal health officials reported Thursday. The virus, called the vaccinia virus, is the virus used in the smallpox vaccine. It is related to smallpox and helps the body ...

More Kids Opting Out of School-Required Vaccinations: Study

Posted 19 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19 – The number of parents who opted out of school-required vaccines for their children because of non-medical reasons, such as religious or philosophical beliefs, increased between 2005 and 2011, according to U.S. researchers. During this period, the rates of non-medical exemptions were higher in the states with easy opt-out policies, such as California and Maryland, and in ...

Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids

Posted 16 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16 – Public health experts often focus immunization awareness efforts toward protecting children, and with good reason: Facing a potentially bewildering schedule of vaccinations for their young ones, parents usually need all the help they can get. But vaccinations aren't just kid stuff. Medical science is creating an increasing number of immunizations targeted at adults, to help ...

Sex With Recent Smallpox Vaccine Recipient Can Lead to Illness

Posted 1 Jul 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 1 – After having sex with a soldier recently vaccinated against smallpox, a young woman in Washington state developed an illness caused by the vaccinia virus used in the shot, U.S. health officials report. This type of viral transmission, while rare, is not unheard of, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The patient visited an urgent care clinic with ...

Japanese Researchers Develop New Smallpox Vaccine

Posted 10 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 10 – A third-generation tissue-cultured smallpox vaccine shows promise, Japanese researchers report. "The threat of smallpox bioterrorism has prompted reconsideration of the need for smallpox vaccination," the researchers noted. "Serious events associated with first-generation vaccines #133; have raised obstacles to vaccination campaigns in the United States." Second-generation ...

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