Africa: Humanitarian Mechanism for Vaccines Used for First Time in Europe to Counter High Prices
[MSF] M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started vaccinating refugee children on the Greek islands of Chios, Samos and Lesvos using a programme set up to allow children in humanitarian emergencies to access the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) at an affordable price. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pneumovax 23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - April 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nigeria: NAFDAC Raises Alert On Fake Meningitis Vaccines
[Daily Trust] The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted the Nigerians, especially health care providers, on the circulation of a fake meningitis vaccines circulating in Niger Republic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CDC: Flu Season May Not Have Peaked, Another Wave Of Severe Infections Underway
(CNN) — Flu activity remains high across the nation, and there’s a second wave of severe infections striking some states. There were as many as 26.3 million flu illnesses, 12.4 million medical visits and 347,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1 and March 2, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re still having flu. And we’re still seeing a steady stream of patients who are being admitted to hospital with influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Flu Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Vaccination at Age 50 Prevents the Most Disease
MONDAY, March 4, 2019 -- Recommending pneumococcal vaccination for all 50-year-olds prevents the most disease in underserved minorities and the general population, but the cost exceeds $250,000 per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained, according... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Reevaluating pneumococcal vaccine guidance: An analysis
(University of Pittsburgh) If mitigating racial disparities in those who contract pneumococcal diseases, such as meningitis and pneumonia, is a top public health priority, then recommending that all adults get a pneumococcal vaccine at age 50 would likely be effective guidance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 4, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines − cost effectiveness in Turkey
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - March 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Current US adult pneumococcal vaccination policies cost effective
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - March 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

High Rates of MenB Vaccination Advised in University Outbreaks
THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 -- Achieving high serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccination coverage is recommended following university-based outbreaks of meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Childhood Pneumonia Rates Low 7 Years After Pneumococcal Vaccine Implementation Childhood Pneumonia Rates Low 7 Years After Pneumococcal Vaccine Implementation
The incidence of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children remains lower seven years after implementation of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), according to a study from eight French pediatric emergency departments.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Gambia: Meningitis Vaccination Campaign Gets Underway
[Foroyaa] The2019 campaign against Meningitis A with Vitamin A supplementation and deworming, has commenced nationwide on Saturday February 3rd 2019. The campaign is meant to protect children against Meningitis, vitamin A deficiency and worm infestation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Vaccination with Streptococcus mitis could protect against virulent sibling, Streptococcus pneumonia
(American Society for Microbiology) Vaccinating laboratory mice with Streptococcus mitis bacteria prevents their virulent sibling, Streptococcus pneumoniae from infecting the mice. The research suggests that vaccination of humans with live S. mitis might offer protection from some of the many serotypes of S. pneumoniae that vaccines currently do not exist for. This pathogen is one of the most common causes of severe pneumonia, and can also cause meningitis, bloodstream and sinus infections, endocarditis, and middle ear infections in young children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Disparity in Flu, Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Older Adults Disparity in Flu, Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Older Adults
What factors are associated with disparities in influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates among non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and Asian American adults aged 50 and older?Preventing Chronic Disease (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Vaxelis (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus, Haemophilus b Conjugate [Meningococcal Protein Conjugate] and Hepatitis B [Recombinant] Vaccine) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 16, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

College Kids May Contend With Higher MenB Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Disease incidence was low, but parents, providers need to be aware of available meningitis vaccines (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 7, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

College Students at Heightened Risk for Meningitis B Infections College Students at Heightened Risk for Meningitis B Infections
College students may be much more likely than others in their age group to be infected with meningococcal disease serogroup B, develop a rare but potentially fatal infection that can be prevented with vaccination, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

College students at heightened risk for lethal meningitis B infections
(Reuters Health) - College students may be much more likely than others in their age group to develop a rare but potentially fatal type of bacterial infection that can be prevented with vaccination, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Childhood pneumococcal vaccination cost effective in India
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Study suggests universal meningitis vaccination is not cost-effective for college students
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A computer-generated model developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers adds to evidence that providing universal vaccination against meningitis B infection to students entering college may be too costly to justify the absolute number of cases it would prevent. The study also suggests that if vaccine developers could significantly lower the price, universal vaccination might be worth requiring on college campuses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Most US Adults Have Not Gotten A Flu Shot For This Mild Season
(CNN) — Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot this season, according to a new survey from NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago. As of mid-November, only 43% of surveyed people 18 or older said they had gotten vaccinated against the flu, according to NORC, which has conducted the National Immunization Survey for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2005. Another 14% who remain unvaccinated claim that they will get the shot, the survey indicates. Even if they do as they intend, that leaves considerably more than a third of adults (41%) who have not — and will not &mdas...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Flu Flu Shot Local TV Source Type: news

Assessing cost effectiveness of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - December 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Meningitis progress lags substantially behind that of other preventable diseases
(Meningitis Research Foundation) The global disease burden of meningitis remains unacceptably high, and progress lags substantially behind that of other vaccine-preventable diseases. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) Global Burden of Disease study showed that meningitis deaths reduced by just 21 percent globally between 1990-2016, whereas other preventable diseases such as measles, tetanus, and diarrhea due to rotavirus saw declines of 93 percent, 90.7 percent, and 57.9 percent, respectively, suggesting that progress in meningitis could have been substantially faster. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious ...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Meningitis outbreak sparks demand for vaccine action
A spike in meningitis cases leading to scores of patients being hospitalised has sparked calls for GPs to improve vaccination rates among young adults. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 30, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Vaccine Recs Cause Confusion Among Docs
THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 -- While primary care physicians overwhelmingly recommend pneumococcal vaccines, there is a gap in their knowledge of how to implement related vaccine recommendations, according to a study published in the Journal of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Flu, Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates on the Rise
Jane Martin, RN, director of nursing for a small skilled nursing facility in rural Georgia, has won a major immunization coup. In a community that has no hospital, no public transportation services, and only one medical office served by nurse practitioners — a community where getting vaccinations has traditionally “not been a top priority” — her facility, Treutlen Health and Rehabilitation, has achieved a near-perfect flu vaccination record for its patients and its staff in the last 8 years or so. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 1, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Kilgore Source Type: news

5 Qs on Vaccines for People Over 50
Sample:  Which vaccine is considered optional for healthy adults aged 50-64 years? Hepatitis A? Pneumococcal? Other? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 11, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Linda Peckel Source Type: news

Meningitis risk for millions as more than half of Britons don't know which jabs they have had
Research by British charity the Meningitis Research Foundation surveyed 2,000 people and discovered nearly one in ten think they've never had a vaccination or cannot remember having one. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Requiring insurers to cover retail pharmacy vaccinations for adult Californians could save lives, study finds
Requiring health insurers to pay for adult vaccinations given at retail pharmacies could help prevent the spread of deadly communicable diseases such as influenza, pneumococcal infection and human papillomavirus, according to a  new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.Many insurers do not cover pharmacy-administered vaccines; cover a limited selection of vaccines; or require people they insure to get vaccinated only at pharmacies within their insurance network, the study reports.Overall vaccination rates in state are lowThe overall vaccination rate among adult Californians is far below federa...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Physicians Lack Knowledge About Serogroup MenB Vaccination
TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 -- U.S. pediatricians and family physicians (FPs) have considerable knowledge gaps regarding serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccination, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in Pediatrics. Allison Kempe, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

CDC: HPV Vax Coverage Rises Among Teens
(MedPage Today) -- Increase also shown for coverage of quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 23, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

More Teenagers Than Ever Are Getting the HPV Vaccine, CDC Says
More teenagers than ever before are getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal guidelines now say that all children should start two-dose HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12 to protect against HPV-associated cervical, vaginal, penile, anal and throat cancers. Despite that recommendation, however, HPV vaccination rates have traditionally lagged far below their targets. That’s still true — but the new report does suggest that rates are rising. Between 2016 and 2017, the CDC says, the percentage of teenagers who report...
Source: TIME: Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Many Physicians Missing Info, Action on MenB Vaccine Many Physicians Missing Info, Action on MenB Vaccine
A new study finds that primary care providers require more education and clearer guidance with respect to meningococcal B vaccine delivery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Many doctors skip meningococcal vaccine talks with teens
(Reuters Health) - Many pediatricians and family physicians don't discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this lethal infection, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Doctors Not Talking About Newer Meningitis Vaccine
As recently as 2016, a majority of doctors were not routinely discussing a newer bacterial meningitis vaccine with teenaged patients and their parents, a new study has found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Not Talking About Newer Meningitis Vaccine
MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Many U.S. doctors aren't telling teenaged patients and their parents about a newer vaccine for potentially deadly bacterial meningitis infections, a new study finds. Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the brain and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Africa:Africa's Meningitis Belt - Why There's a Case for a Booster Vaccination Drive
[The Conversation Africa] A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa - including Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, collectively known as the meningitis belt - have been repeatedly devastated by overwhelming epidemics of meningitis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

RCN urges student nurses to have vaccine against deadly MenW
The Royal College of Nursing is urging prospective student nurses to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia before starting university, as the W strain continues to rise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Vaccinations in Decline at Heart Failure Hospitalization Vaccinations in Decline at Heart Failure Hospitalization
The drop in flu and pneumococcal vaccinations in such vulnerable patients in the analysis was worrisome; their cardioprotective efficacy was also questioned. But the data have caveats.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Why Is Italy ’s Government Trying to Overturn a Lifesaving Vaccination Law? Here’s What to Know
Italy’s parliament shocked the scientific community on Tuesday by voting to lift a legal requirement that parents vaccinate their children before sending them to pre-school. The move, driven by Italy’s new populist coalition government, has been widely criticized by doctors, who say vaccinations are essential to avoiding outbreaks of serious diseases like measles. Here’s what to know about the Italian government’s decision: What did the Italian government do with vaccines? Italian lawmakers in the upper house of parliament voted 148 to 110 to amend a law that required children under the age of 6 to...
Source: TIME: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ciara Nugent and Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Anti-Vaccines Italy Source Type: news

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations
Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Funding of flu vaccines 2018/19
NHS England has published a briefing for CCGs and NHS England local teams about changes for some CCGs to the mechanism for funding seasonal flu and adult pneumococcal vaccines. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nurse-Driven Protocol Increased Vaccination for Flu, Pneumonia
A pilot protocol developed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center resulted in exponential increases in both influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations in the outpatient setting. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - July 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Elizabeth Rodriguez, DNP, RN, OCN Source Type: news

Drop in Childhood Pneumococcal, Hib Deaths From 2000 to 2015
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) deaths in children decreased between 2000 and 2015, following introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and Hib vaccine, according to a study... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What is the Interval For Non-simultaneous Administration of Live Virus Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccines are a mainstay of infectious disease prevention and health promotion. Infants, children and adults benefit from vaccines the most when they are given on the recommended schedules. However there are times when this is not possible as children come to the physician a little early, or a little late, or had unavailable records and so received addition vaccine, etc. There are many questions that arise because of these timing issues such as the one above. Standard vaccine schedules can be reviewed here. Commonly administered vaccines includes: Live-attenuated vaccines Cholera Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The Hidden Threat of Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal bacteria can cause severe illness, even death. The most severe illnesses are meningitis (infection of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (bloodstream infection). Two types of meningococcal vaccines are available to prevent this infection that can kill up to 15 percent of patients who become infected. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adults with suspected meningitis are waiting too long for lumbar puncture
Patients with viral meningitis experience diagnostic delays and inappropriate treatment, study finds Related items fromOnMedica Call to boost students ’ uptake of meningitis vaccination Mass vaccination plan to combat meningitis GPs urged to step up meningitis vaccination programme Vaccine programme halves MenB cases (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Funding two pneumococcal vaccines cost  effective in Canada
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - July 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

13-Valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine better value for money
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - July 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

U.S. government statistics reveal that the flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in America
(Natural News) Even the bestselling flu vaccine is only the fifth most popular vaccine in the United States. Prevnar, the vaccine used to prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria; Gardasil, which supposedly prevents cervical cancer; PENTAct-HIB, given to tiny infants to stave off diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b; and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK public shows strong preference for vaccines that prevent severe illness, particularly for children
The UK public has a clear preference for funding vaccination programmes which protect young children against severe diseases, finds a new study that considered the public ’ s preferences on vaccines available on the NHS. The study suggests that the public ’ s preferences about which vaccines are made available on the NHS, particularly children, are not reflected by the current approach. The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)-funded study, led by University of Bristol researchers, is published today [13 June] in PLOS ONE. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - June 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news