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MMR jab unlikely to harm young babies
A young couple's baby was given the MMR jab by mistake "potentially putting her life at risk", The Daily Telegraph website reports misleadingly. Giving a baby the wrong vaccine is a serious mistake; fortunately, the error was quickly noticed and the baby appears not to have been seriously harmed. Unfortunately, the Telegraph has taken a sensationalist approach by quoting the most extreme possible reaction – anaphylaxis – without stating that this is extremely rare and treatable. The Telegraph's coverage says, “Newborns under six months must not be given the vaccine ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: QA articles Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Well: Protecting Newborns Against Whooping Cough
Research suggests that pregnant women who get a vaccination to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough are helping their babies, too. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Family Whooping Cough Babies and Infants medicine and health Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Well: Protecting Newborns Against Whooping Cough
Research suggests that pregnant women who get a vaccination to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough are helping their babies, too. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 26, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Family Whooping Cough Babies and Infants medicine and health Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds
Conclusion This systematic review and meta-analysis has found no association between vaccination and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorder. The cohort studies included in the systematic review had information on more than a million children from four different countries.  This was a valuable and rigorous piece of research that will hopefully reassure parents who have any concerns about getting their children vaccinated against childhood diseases. As with all studies, this research has limitations. It excluded data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) in the United Sta...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Neurology Pregnancy/child Mental health Source Type: news

NO link between autism and childhood vaccines, new survey has found
No statistical data to support a link between vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough and the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders, according to research by University of Sydney. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia: Vaccination for Every Infant and Child
[Namibia Economist]The immunization coverage for 2013 shows some improvement over previous years, with 89% of infants receiving the recommended three doses of Pentavalent vaccine which protects against five diseases (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis and haemophilus influenza); and 83% vaccinated against measles. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Receiving Tdap vaccine during pregnancy appears safe, study shows
A preliminary study finds that receipt of the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine in the third trimester of pregnancy did not increase the risk of adverse events for the mother or infant. In addition, the authors found high concentrations of pertussis antibodies in infants during the first two months of life, a period during which infants are at the highest risk of pertussis-associated illness or death. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 4, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Menveo (Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Oligosaccharide Diphtheria CRM197) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 25, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Sticking to Vaccination Schedules Cuts Infection Risk (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Following the recommended vaccination schedules for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib) and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is associated with a reduction in hospitalizations … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 26, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

There are new vaccine requirements for the 2014-2015 school year. Schedule your school and sports physicals now to avoid the rush!.
Welcome to Pediatric Health Associates!Did you know that you do not have to wait until the hectic summer is here to get your child's yearly physical?   School and sports physicals are valid for 1 year from the date they are completed.   This means at any point your child can be seen for their kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade checkup and get their school forms completed. Checkups are not only a time to approve school and sports exams--- they are far more-- following up on past development and growth issues, as well as re-assessing any ongoing medical issues that your child may have.  Further, if...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 21, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Vaccination Information Source Type: news

Doctors Resist Deadly Vaccine
An infant in intensive care at the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi. Indian hospitals prefer traditional DPT vaccines. Credit: Holy Family Hospital.By Ranjit DevrajNEW DELHI, Feb 8 2014 (IPS) A spate of sudden infant deaths following vaccination in India has prompted leading paediatricians to call for stronger regulatory mechanisms to evaluate new vaccines for safety and efficacy before their acceptance into the national immunisation programme. According to data obtained from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, over the last one year 54 babies are recorded to have died soon after receiving the newly introduce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 8, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ranjit Devraj Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Population Regional Categories TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Children India Vaccines Source Type: news

What Causes Muscle Weakness?
Discussion Muscle tone is the slight tension that is felt in a muscle when it is voluntarily relaxed. It can be assessed by asking the patient to relax and then taking the muscles through a range of motion such as moving the wrists, forearm and upper arm. Muscle strength is the muscle’s force against active resistance. Impaired strength is called weakness or paresis. There are 5 levels of muscle strength. 0 = No muscle contraction detected 1 = Barely detected flicker of contraction 2 = Active movement with gravity eliminated 3 = Active movement against gravity 4 = Active movement against gravity and some resistance ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - December 9, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Diphtheria
Title: DiphtheriaCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/27/2008 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/26/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - November 26, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccination 'a civic duty' according to new report
This report provides useful information about adult immunisations in the UK as well as useful recommendations for increasing immunisation coverage, particularly among social care workers. However, it does not replace current guidelines for recommended vaccines. Currently recommended vaccines for adults in the UK are described below.    Who produced the report? This report, titled ‘Immune response. Adult immunisation in the UK’ was written by the UK’s International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). According its website, the ILC-UK is a registered charity and independent think tank dedicated to address...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Older people QA articles Source Type: news

Tdap Vaccination in Teens May Cut Infant Hospitalizations Tdap Vaccination in Teens May Cut Infant Hospitalizations
Widespread vaccination of adolescents against tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, instituted in 2006, has been associated with the decreased hospitalization of infants. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Vaccinating Teens Against Pertussis Seems to Reduce Hospitalizations in Infants (FREE)
By Joe Elia The CDC's 2006 recommendation to implement tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination universally in adolescents apparently lowered pertussis admissions among infants, a Pediatrics study finds. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 22, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ANH Book Review: “Dissolving Illusions” by Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk
Excellent new book uses forgotten data to demolish vaccination myths (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - October 2, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: diphtheria dissolving illusions DTP europe international measles pertussis Roman Bystrianyk scarlet fever smallpox Suzanne Humphries tetanus vaccine whooping cough Source Type: news

Texas Sees Rise in Cases of Pertussis
According to a report from Reuters, in the past year, close to 2,000 cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) have been reported in Texas alone. Because pertussis is highly infectious and can cause serious problems in infants—especially those under four months of age and therefore unable to be vaccinated—and children, these numbers are of great concern to doctors and health officials alike. Early signs of whooping cough infection include runny nose, low-grade fever, apnea, and a mild cough. After 1-2 weeks, the symptoms worsen into fits of rapid coughing followed by the tell-tale high pitched “wh...
Source: Network News - September 12, 2013 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Naomi Gonzales Tags: General (all entries) Public Health Source Type: news

Historically, vaccines have had an unmatched impact on improving public health. Looking ahead, what are the biggest obstacles and exciting opportunities in the field?
Thumbnail: Tags: conversationsweek 9vaccinevaccinespublic healthmarla westonchristophe weberroberta debiasirobyn swirlingOpinionContributors: 1361136213631364Contributions: Read Marla Weston's bio Vaccination is widely considered to be among the greatest public health achievements in history. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has a long-standing policy in support of immunizations and we recognize the vital role nurses and health care providers have in the continued effort to increase vaccination coverage. Innovations in vaccine science continue to emerge; as recently, there was some e...
Source: PHRMA - September 10, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Stephen Source Type: news

Skipped DTaP Shot Boosts Pertussis Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Not getting all doses of the diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine increases the risk of whooping cough in young children, researchers found. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - September 9, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccine can cause brain damage and death
In July, the state of Missouri began offering for free a vaccine aimed at preventing, among other ailments, whooping cough. According to officials, the TDap vaccine, which reportedly prevents tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, was necessary because "of the rising incidence... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccinations Available at Fall Conference
Do you need a flu or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccination? If so, you can get one or both at TMA’s Fall Conference. (Source: Blogged_Arteries)
Source: Blogged_Arteries - August 9, 2013 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

[Slideshow] South Sudan: MSF Begins First Pneumococcal Vaccine Campaign in Yida Camp
Around 70,000 refugees have been registered in Yida camp in South Sudan's Unity State, nine miles from the border with Sudan, since 2011. Most have arrived after fleeing the violent conflict in Sudan's Nuba Mountains. During last year's rainy season, the mortality rate among young children in the camp rose well above the emergency threshold of two deaths per day per 10,000 people, mostly due to infectious diseases related to the camp's poor hygiene conditions, which were further exacerbated by the rains. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) determined that vaccinating chi...
Source: MSF Multimedia - August 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pertussis Vaccine Only 'Moderately Effective' During Outbreak (FREE)
By Joe Elia Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and reduced acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccines are only moderately effective against pertussis in adolescents and adults, according to a BMJ case-control study that includes … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 19, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

DTaP Vaccine Supplies Will Be Limited for Summer 2013
For the second consecutive summer, the CDC is issuing guidance on immunizing children during an ongoing shortage of certain combination vaccines. According to a notice on the CDC website, Sanofi Pasteur's diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, inactivated poliovirus and Haemophilus influenzae (Source: AAFP Health of the Public)
Source: AAFP Health of the Public - May 22, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Eradication - What Progress So Far?
[Daily Trust]Jos -The 3rd African Vaccination Week (AVW), organized by the African Region of World Health Organization (WHO) April 22 to 28, 2013, came under the theme, 'Save Lives. Prevent disabilities. Vaccinate', and accomplished heightened continent-wide awareness of the place of routine immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases. All 46 member-states of WHO in the African region participated in efforts to strengthen immunization programmes around the continent against diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae serotype (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - April 30, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Whooping cough vaccine protection wanes
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Protection against whooping cough starts to weaken a few years after preschool children get their final diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) shot, a new study confirms. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

EMA recommends approval of 6-in-1 paediatric vaccine
Source: European Medicines Agency Area: News The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of a new paediatric vaccine intended for the primary and booster vaccination of infants and toddlers from six weeks to 24 months of age against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis and invasive diseases caused by Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib). The new vaccine will be commercialised under the brand name Hexyon® in Western European countries and Hexacima® in Eastern European countries.   Please see the links below ...
Source: NeLM - News - February 25, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) in Pregnant Women — Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2012
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 21, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CDC: Give Tdap During Every Pregnancy (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Women should receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during every pregnancy -- regardless of vaccination history -- to help protect both themselves and their offspring, final CDC recommendations stated. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 21, 2013 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Discovery Of Novel Targets And Targeting Compounds For Fighting Deadly Infectious Diseases Including MtB
An international team of researchers from India, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, and Denmark led by Debmalya Barh from the Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology (IIOAB) in Nonakuri, Tamluk, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India have claimed to have identified a novel drug target (Acetate kinase) common to pathogens causing hemorrhagic diarrohea; tuberculosis, plague diphtheria, and Caseous lymphadenitis and two novel targets (Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate phosphatase enzyme and Outer membrane protein ompU) that may help to develop both a drug and a vaccine against ... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tuberculosis Source Type: news

Vaccination Rates Still Too Low in Adults, Says CDC
Except for modest increases in tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccination overall and in human papillomavirus vaccination among women, 2011 noninfluenza adult vaccination coverage in the United States showed little improvement compared with 2010 coverage, according to the CDC's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: AAFP Health of the Public)
Source: AAFP Health of the Public - February 4, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Recommended 2013 Adult Immunization Schedule Released By Annals Of Internal Medicine
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced its recommended 2013 adult immunization schedule that includes important updates to the pneumococcal, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), and influenza vaccines. Because current vaccination rates are low, ACIP also urges health care providers to regularly assess patient vaccination histories and implement intervention strategies to increase adherence... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 30, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Pregnant women should get whooping cough shot: CDC
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moms-to-be should get a booster tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during each pregnancy to help protect their infants from whooping cough, according to a new vaccine schedule released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

"Decade of Vaccines" Blueprint Ignores High Prices, Lacks Ambition on Better-Adapted Vaccines to Help Reach More Children
Sierra Leone 2012 © Lynsey Addario/VII Mothers await vaccinations for their children at the Bumpe Government Clinic in Bo District. Geneva/New York, January 24, 2013—Governments meeting at the World Health Organization’s Executive Board this week must seize the opportunity to improve serious shortcomings in the document that will drive the global community’s vaccines response for the next decade, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). If they fail to do so, some of the key reasons for why millions of child...
Source: MSF News - January 24, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Diphtheria and the Alaskan Iditarod
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Diphtheria (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safety of a tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine when used off-label in an elderly population
This study aims to examine a large cohort of Tdap users 65 years or older for evidence of increased risk of adverse events following vaccination. Methods: A matched cohort study design and a self-controlled case series (SCCS) design were used.  The study population was adults aged 65 years or older who received the Tdap or tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine during 1 Jan 2006 to 31 Dec 2010 at 7 health maintenance organisations in the United States.  Seven major groups of prespecified events were identified electronically by diagnostic codes. Results: The study included 119,573 Tdap vaccinees and th...
Source: NeLM - Care of Older People - January 21, 2013 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Policy Recommendation Approved For Immunizations For All Health Care Providers
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has approved a policy recommendation that all health care providers (HCPs) be immunized against influenza; diphtheria; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella; pertussis (whooping cough); and varicella (chickenpox) according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Adult Immunization Schedule. ACP's policy exempts HCPs for medical reasons or a religious objection to immunization... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Well: For DTaP Vaccine, Thigh May Be Better Injection Site Than Arm
Children are less likely to develop bad reactions to the DTaP vaccine, a routine immunization shot, if they get it in their thigh instead of in their arm, a new study shows. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By ANAHAD O'CONNOR Tags: Family Whooping Cough Diphtheria Body Tetanus vaccines Featured Vaccination and Immunization vaccinations Children and Childhood Source Type: news

A Shot In The Thigh Better Than Arm For Kids
A DTaP vaccination injection in the thigh is less likely to cause an injection-site reaction than one in the arm among children aged from one to three years, researchers reported. DTaP stands for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (whooping cough). The finding came from new research involving 1.4 million children at Group Health and 7 other Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) centers throughout the nation and was published in the journal Pediatrics. "These local reactions are the most common side effect of vaccinations... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Diphtheria Vaccine Administered in the Thigh Appears Safer Diphtheria Vaccine Administered in the Thigh Appears Safer
A new study of 1.4 million children shows less risk for local reaction among those given the diphtheria vaccine in the thigh rather than the arm. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

American College of Physicians calls for immunizations for all health care providers
(American College of Physicians) The American College of Physicians (ACP) has approved a policy recommendation that all health care providers (HCPs) be immunized against influenza; diphtheria; hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella; pertussis (whooping cough); and varicella (chickenpox) according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Adult Immunization Schedule. ACP's policy exempts HCPs for medical reasons or a religious objection to immunization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 14, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

DTaP Shot to Arm May Cause Local Reaction (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Children getting the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine in the arm rather than the thigh are at increased risk of having a medically attended local reaction, researchers reported. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - January 14, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news