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Anti-Vaccine Movement Affecting Kids With Autism

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Vaccine skeptics appear to be swaying many parents of children with autism to forgo critical childhood vaccines, a new study suggests. And the hesitation to fully immunize includes the children's younger siblings, the researchers added. This means that "children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings, may be at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases," ...

Health Tip: Treat Diarrhea in Young Babies

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

-- Diarrhea in young babies should be taken seriously if it lasts for more than one day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration. Common symptoms of diarrhea in an infant are a faster heartbeat, dry mouth, no tears when crying, or no wet diaper for at least three hours. Severe dehydration can trigger seizures, coma and organ failure. The FDA offers ...

Many Doctors Don't Push HPV Shots Equally. See Who's Left Out

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Teen boys in the United States are less likely than girls to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) because many doctors don't recommend the shots to boys' parents, researchers say. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, mouth and throat cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended as a routine childhood ...

End of Brutal Flu Season in Sight

Posted 24 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – It's been a particularly tough flu season, but spring – and real relief – may be near, new numbers show. The flu season continues to wind down, with yet another drop seen in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza becoming ever more dominant. But hospitalizations for the flu are still a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths, the latest ...

More Bad Flu News: It May Raise Your Heart Attack Risk

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Suffering a nasty bout of the flu or pneumonia is bad enough, but now research suggests it might also spell trouble for your heart. In a study of nearly 2,000 people in Scotland, those who had battled the flu or pneumonia were six times more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke in the days after their sickness began. But "for most young, healthy people, the ...

Waning Vaccine Protection May Be Driving Rise in U.S. Mumps Cases

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – A resurgence of mumps among young American adults is likely as the protection provided by childhood vaccinations weakens, researchers warn. "Vaccination is the centerpiece of current public health strategy against mumps," said study co-author Joseph Lewnard, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Communicable Disease ...

Vaccines Don't Weaken Babies' Immune Systems: Study

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Another argument used by anti-vaccine groups bites the dust – research shows no evidence that routine shots somehow dampen kids' immune systems. "Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines in early childhood could damage their child's immune system, making them more susceptible to future infections," said study author Jason Glanz. He is a senior investigator at ...

Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

Posted 3 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – The brutal flu season continues to ease its grip on the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to account for more infections. But hospitalizations for flu are still rising, as are pediatric deaths. For the third week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor ...

Health Tip: When to Seek Medical Care if You Have the Flu

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by

-- This year's flu season is shaping up to be the worst in nearly a decade, experts say. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself. If you do develop symptoms including high fever, severe body aches, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, you probably have the flu, the American Red Cross says. Most cases don't require a visit to the emergency ...

Flu Shot a Lifesaver for Heart Failure Patients

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – If you're a heart failure patient, new research suggests you would be wise to get a flu shot every year. After reviewing six studies that included more than 78,000 heart failure patients in the United States, Asia and Europe, researchers found that an annual flu vaccine reduced patients' risk of death by 50 percent during the flu season and by 20 percent during the ...

Why Was This Year's Flu Shot So Weak? FDA Wants to Know

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – With a nasty flu season still raging, it didn't help that this year's influenza vaccine was just 25 percent effective against H3N2, the dominant strain. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is bent on making sure next year's flu shot works better, agency commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement released Monday. "We are taking a number of actions to better ...

It's Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Even though it's the end of February, it's still not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. This flu season is one of the worst seen in the United States in years. Flu-linked hospitalizations were still rising earlier this month, and 84 children have died from flu complications so far, according to government health officials. "There's still time to get the flu shot. ...

New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Doctors can offer patients a new version of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist next winter, a U.S. government advisory panel says. Two years ago, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices withdrew its recommendation for FluMist after research found that it was largely ineffective. But on Wednesday, the panel voted 12-2 to recommend FluMist as an option for the ...

Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans – in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, in California, have developed an experimental vaccine that appears safe and effective in animals. It also has a long enough shelf-life to be practical. ...

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 ...

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