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Health Tip: Help Prevent Animal Bites

Posted 12 days ago by

-- Wild animals typically avoid human contact, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are sick or are protecting their young. Attacks by pets are more common, but are rarely life-threatening, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. The agency suggests how to help prevent animal bites: Never pet, handle or feed unknown animals. Leave snakes alone. Wear boots and long pants in areas near ...

Health Tip: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by

-- Tetanus shots are recommended starting in infancy and continuing every ten years after age 5, the American College of Emergency Physicians says. But most adults don't get boosters until they step on a rusty nail or suffer a deep and dirty wound, the group acknowledges. Tetanus is a bacterial nervous-system infection, sometimes called lockjaw, that can lead to death. But it doesn't always ...

Tougher State Laws Curb Vaccine Refusers

Posted 18 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – A Washington state law aimed at discouraging nonmedical childhood vaccine exemptions seems to have worked, a new study finds. The legislation, enacted in 2011, required parents to talk to a doctor before they could get their child exempted from vaccinations for nonmedical reasons. Researchers found that after the law went into effect, the state's overall vaccine exemption ...

Vaccine Campaign in Poor Countries to Save 20 Million Lives

Posted 10 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – In poor countries, childhood vaccines will save 20 million lives and $350 billion in health care costs by 2020, a new study says. "Vaccination is generally regarded to be one of the most cost-effective interventions in public health," said study leader Sachiko Ozawa, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Pharmacy. ...

Harvey's Floodwaters Harbor Many Health Hazards

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Texans trapped in the unprecedented flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey now face untold health hazards, officials say. The filthy water that has inundated the city of Houston poses the most immediate danger, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper. "Those floodwaters are being contaminated with sewage, because the sewers themselves are ...

Vaccination 101: Make Sure Kids Are Up to Date

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – As the new school year begins, make sure your child is up to date on all vaccinations. "Schools are a great environment for spreading bacteria and viruses because students are in crowded classrooms, sharing things and in close proximity to one another," said Zachary Klase. He's an assistant professor of biological sciences at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. "A ...

Serious Reactions to Vaccines Rarely Recur: Review

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – When a child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, the chances of it happening again are slim, a new analysis suggests. The review, of 29 studies, found that severe vaccine reactions recurred rarely, if ever, when a child received the same vaccine again, or one with similar ingredients. Those reactions included seizures and a potentially dangerous allergic response called ...

Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical Costs

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows. That has translated into a savings of more than $1 billion in medical costs, the researchers added. Rotavirus is a common cause of diarrhea in infants and young children in the United ...

Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing and Routine Shots

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – Of all the items on your child's back-to-school checklist, getting vaccinated is probably your kid's least favorite. But those shots are essential for keeping children healthy, pediatricians say. Vaccination requirements may vary somewhat from state to state. But all 50 states and Washington, D.C., require children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and ...

Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Babies born today will have about a dozen wellness visits by the time they reach age 3. At that point, these checkups typically drop to just once a year, often before kids head back to school. So it's important to make the most of each visit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. These visits include a physical exam as well as developmental, behavioral and ...

Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines!

Posted 17 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Many American teens may not get recommended vaccinations, and their parents might bear some of the blame, a new study suggests. The national poll of 614 parents with at least one teenager found that more than one-third didn't know when their teen's next vaccine was due. And half incorrectly thought that their doctor would contact them for an appointment at the appropriate ...

Immunizations for High Flyin' Travelers

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Nothing spoils a trip faster than getting sick. And a good way to protect yourself is by getting certain vaccinations before you leave home. Regardless of your destination, make sure you're up to date on routine immunizations like MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), DPT (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis), varicella (chicken pox), polio and the flu shot. You may also need other ...

Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by

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 ...

8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge Germs

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – There are a number of ways parents can help give a boost to their child's immune system, a family doctor suggests. "The immune system helps us fight infections," said Dr. Palak Shroff, a family medicine specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "Immunity develops over time, so the more someone gets exposed, the more the immune system develops," Shroff ...

Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic

Posted 11 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – The U.S. medical community is responding with reactions ranging from apprehension to dismay at reports that President-elect Donald Trump reportedly asked a renowned vaccine skeptic to head a new commission on vaccine safety. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has written articles and books claiming a link between childhood vaccines and autism, said Tuesday that Trump had ...

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