Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Government Shut Down as Samoa Battles Measles Outbreak The government of Samoa will close on Thursday and Friday as civil servants join the fight...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

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Historical background of measles in Israel. After the introduction of universal measles vaccination for infants in Israel in 1967, the incidence rate of the disease in Israel dropped dramatically. Relatively moderate-sized outbreaks occurred in cycles of two- to five-year intervals, and by the early 1990s the mean annual incidence rate had decreased more than 90% compared to the pre-vaccination era. (The history of measles incidence and immunization strategies in Israel have been reported elsewhere [1].) Since the mid-1990s, MCV has been given in two doses at 12 months and six years, as part of Israel's routine immunization program.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
One Monday in late February 2020, Lauren Gardner was working frantically. The website she’d been managing around the clock for the last month—which tracked cases of an emerging respiratory disease called COVID-19, and presented the spread in maps and charts—was, all of a sudden, getting inundated with visitors and kept crashing. As Gardner, an associate professor of engineering at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), struggled to get the site online again, an official in the Trump Administration falsely claimed on Twitter that JHU had deliberately censored the information. “Seems like bad timing to sto...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 healthscienceclimate Source Type: news
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Source: Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
DISCUSSION: The OCC strategy, therefore, presents improved operational and epidemiological outcomes relative to current practice and the other options considered.PMID:34481696 | DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.08.053
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Sep 3;70(35):1183-1190. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7035a1.ABSTRACTThe Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that adolescents aged 11-12 years routinely receive tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap); meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY); and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Catch-up vaccination is recommended for hepatitis B (HepB); hepatitis A (HepA); measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); and varicella (VAR) vaccines for adolescents whose childhood vaccinations are not current. Adolescents are also recommended to receive a booster dose of MenACWY vaccine at age...
Source: MMWR Morb Mortal Wkl... - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Source Type: research
Vaccine. 2021 Aug 26:S0264-410X(21)00999-3. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.08.001. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTIn Italy, the inclusion of measles vaccine in children immunization schedule and the promotion of national mass vaccination campaigns increased measles vaccination coverage. However, measles outbreaks continue to occur increasingly involving adolescents and adults. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence to measles antibody in a sample of Italian population between 1993 and 2018. Human serum samples from subjects aged 3-40 years were collected between 1993 and 2018 and tested for measles IgG antibodies...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
[Nigeria Health Watch] Nigeria is prone to seasonal disease outbreaks and in the last few years, a series of outbreaks including monkeypox, measles, Lassa fever, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis and cholera have threatened the nation's public health security. In 2020, while responding to COVID-19, Nigeria was at the same time tackling what was reported as the largest recorded outbreak of Lassa fever in the country. Today, amid efforts to contain the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation is also dealing with an in
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
Vaccine. 2021 Aug 12:S0264-410X(21)00983-X. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.07.078. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTA large measles outbreak in New York City, which included cases among vaccinated persons and adults presumed to be immune, provided the opportunity to better understand vaccine failure and the potential impact on measles transmission. Immunoglobulin G (IgG) avidity can distinguish primary (low avidity IgG, indicating no evidence of prior immunity) versus secondary vaccine failure (high avidity IgG, indicating prior immune response and waning antibody). Measles IgG avidity was measured on samples from 62 persons: av...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
In 2019, there was a measles outbreak in the state of Washington. Concerned about patients with cancer, researchers set out to determine what percentage of patients did not have related immunity.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news
AbstractVaccine hesitancy is defined as a delay in acceptance, or refusal, of vaccines, despite availability. It is a complex and context specific phenomenon and identified as a global health priority. The “Parent Attitudes about Childhood Vaccines” (PACV) questionnaire is a validated tool for identifying vaccine hesitancy. Our aim was to use the PACV to assess vaccine hesitancy and its relationship with reported non-vaccination in an Irish population, for the first time. Our participants were par ents or caregivers of children attending general pediatric clinics in a tertiary pediatric hospital in Dublin, Irel...
Source: European Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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