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Infants Born To Vaccinated Mothers May Lose Initial Measles Immunity Sooner Than Those Born To Unvaccinated Mothers
Dutch study findings support earlier vaccination of newborns at high risk for measles A new Dutch study suggests that infants born to mothers who received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine lose their initial immunity to measles--acquired from their mothers--sooner than infants born to mothers who were naturally infected with measles... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 14, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Maurice Hilleman, M.M.R. Vaccine’s Forgotten Hero
An irascible but modest scientist devoted his life to preventing childhood illnesses, with such success that their once-fearsome toll has faded from consciousness.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By RICHARD CONNIFF Tags: JC Penney Company Inc JCP NYSE Medicine and Health Mumps Vaccination and Immunization Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Measles outbreak prompts national vaccination catch-up program in UK
Health officials in the UK have announced a national catch-up program to target 10–16 year olds who did not receive the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in early childhood due to fears about links with autism. (Source: MedWire News - Infectious Diseases)
Source: MedWire News - Infectious Diseases - May 1, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Measles outbreak prompts national vaccination catch-up program in UK
Health officials in the UK have announced a national catch-up program to target 10–16 year olds who did not receive the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in early childhood due to fears about links with autism. (Source: MedWire News - Pediatrics)
Source: MedWire News - Pediatrics - April 30, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Mother of autistic boy still fears MMR vaccine
Karenza Cassidy, from Swansea, believes that the MMR vaccine caused her son Eddie's autism, so she refuses to have his younger sister immunised, despite the measles epidemic in South Wales.     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - April 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rubella autistic MMR vaccine Measles health outbreak autism Mumps Wales Source Type: news

VIDEO: Overcoming MMR vaccine fears
The Department of Health is preparing a stockpile of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines in the event of a measles outbreak in Swansea spreading. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs Should Redouble Efforts On MMR Initiative, Says Unite, UK
GPs across the UK should target the parents of children who they think have not received the MMR immunisations, Unite, the largest union in the country, has urged. Unite, which embraces the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association, said that there needs to be a public awareness programme that informs parents - and not scares them. Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi that said that the government and GPs had 'a duty to explain' the importance of the MMR vaccine which is designed to prevent measles, mumps and rubella... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Why a drop-off in measles, mumps and rubella jabs for some is bad news for all
Waning herd immunity means even those who were vaccinated are now susceptible, says Cherrill Hicks     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - April 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles outbreak: man who died in Swansea was infected, lab tests reveal
Coroner investigates whether measles was cause of Gareth Williams's death and health officials call again for parents to immunise childrenA 25-year-old man has become the first person to die with measles in the Swansea outbreak as health authorities in Wales try to bring the highly infectious disease under control.Laboratory tests by Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed the diagnosis within hours of the man's body being found in a flat in Swansea on Friday. He has been named locally as Gareth Williams.Investigations by the coroner as to whether the measles caused the death are continuing. If it were the reason, it would be ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 19, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley, James Meikle Tags: The Guardian Infectious diseases News Health Vaccines and immunisation Society MMR UK news Wales Source Type: news

Measles outbreak: man suspected to have died of disease in Swansea
If cause is confirmed, 25-year-old's death would be first measles fatality in UK since 2008The Swansea coroner is investigating whether a 25-year-old man has died of measles. The city is at the centre of a major outbreak of the highly infectious disease, and the fatality – if the cause is confirmed – would be the first UK death from measles since 2008. Seventy-seven people have needed hospital treatment during the outbreak.More than 800 cases, many among 10- to 18-year-olds, have been reported since November, and numbers are rising steadily and spreading north from the south of the country despite health author...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 19, 2013 Category: Science Authors: James Meikle Tags: Infectious diseases News Health guardian.co.uk Vaccines and immunisation Society MMR UK news Wales Science Source Type: news

Multiple Vaccines Not Linked To Autism Risk, CDC
There is no casual link between certain vaccine types and autism, says a new study carried out by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Parental concerns that vaccines might be related to a higher risk of developing autism were initially related to the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and thimerosal-containing immunizations. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IoM) carried out a study which concluded that according to all evidence, there is no casual link between these vaccines and ASDs (autism spectrum disorders)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Potential Treatments For Ebola And Other Deadly Viruses
Illnesses caused by many of the world's most deadly viruses cannot be effectively treated with existing drugs or vaccines. A study published by Cell Press in the journal Chemistry & Biology has revealed several compounds that can inhibit multiple viruses, such as highly lethal Ebola virus, as well as pathogens responsible for rabies, mumps, and measles, opening up new therapeutic avenues for combating highly pathogenic viruses... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

New Treatment Option for Ebola
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Many viruses that cause human diseases are non-segmented, negative-strand (NNS) RNA viruses. Some illnesses caused by deadly viruses cannot be treated effectively with existing drugs or vaccines. However, new research reveals several compounds that could inhibit multiple viruses, such as the Ebola virus, along with pathogens responsible for rabies, measles, and mumps, which will open up new therapeutic avenues for combating the pathogenic viruses. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - March 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Video: HIV Vaccines: Infection Protection
BOSTON, Mass. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- They protect us and our families from the flu, mumps, measles, and many other diseases, but figuring out a vaccine to protect against HIV is still a mystery. Every year, 50 thousand Americans are infected and close to 20 thousand die from the virus. Now, there’s hope on the horizon. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - February 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles cases hit 18-year high in England and Wales
Health officials say there were 2,016 cases of potentially fatal disease last yearThe number of cases of measles has reached its highest level for 18 years, health experts say.There were 2,016 confirmed cases of the highly infectious disease in England and Wales in 2012 – the highest annual total since 1994, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).A spokeswoman said the majority of cases occurred in Merseyside, Surrey and Sussex, where "prolonged" outbreaks were noted last year. Several smaller outbreaks occurred in travelling communities.Symptoms include fever, cold-like symptoms, red eyes, sensiti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 8, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Infectious diseases News Health guardian.co.uk Vaccines and immunisation Society UK news Science 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

Jabs 'more upsetting' for babies of first-time mums
Conclusion This is a small study and although it was carefully carried out, its findings should be viewed with caution. As the authors point out, its size means it may not have had the power to detect all differences in infant pain expression. They argue that a larger study incorporating a more balanced sample of mothers and including other racial and ethnic groups is needed. In addition, other factors could have affected how the babies reacted, including their particular mood at the time. Still, it seems likely that first-time mothers may find their child's first immunisation more difficult and their feelings may be sense...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 9, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Study: 97 percent of children affected by 2009 mumps outbreak were vaccinated for condition
More evidence has emerged showing the complete failure of modern vaccines to provide any real protection against disease. A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reveals that an astounding 97 percent of children affected by a mumps outbreak... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 4, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MMR vaccine: coverage for young children by age two at highest level in 14 years
November 27, 2012: Nine out of 10 children in England in 2011-12 had been immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) by their second birthday - the highest recorded coverage since 1997-98. (Source: The IC : Mental Health)
Source: The IC : Mental Health - November 27, 2012 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

The medical establishment shielded Andrew Wakefield from fraud claims | Brian Deer
Brian Deer spent years investigating Andrew Wakefield's MMR and autism research, which he now alleges was fraudulent. Here he argues that doctors closed ranks behind one of their own"Just hours ago," announced CNN's Anderson Cooper from New York last Wednesday, "the British Medical Journal – BMJ – did something extremely rare for a scientific journal. It accused a researcher, Andrew Wakefield, of outright fraud."The occasion for this judgment was a BMJ editorial, backing the first report in a series by me. Following some two dozen of my MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine stories in the Su...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 12, 2011 Category: Science Authors: Brian Deer Tags: Controversies Medical research MMR Science Andrew Wakefield Health Society Peer review and scientific publishing Source Type: news

From the Lancet to the GMC: how Dr Andrew Wakefield fell from grace
Sarah Boseley charts the downfall of the consultant whose report led to a drop in MMR uptake and divided medical opinion• Datablog: what's happened to MMR vaccinations - and how do we compare to the rest of the world?• MMR doctor 'failed to act in interests of children'It all began with a paper published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal in February 1998.The paper caused a massive slump in the numbers of children being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella and the repercussions are still with us now – MMR uptake has never completely recovered. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 28, 2010 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley, health editor Tags: Andrew Wakefield Controversies Immunology Medical research Health Doctors Children UK news MMR Vaccines and immunisation Society Source Type: news