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The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope
(University at Buffalo) A new vaccine under development provoked an immune response to 72 forms of the bacteria that's responsible for pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. That's up from the 23 forms of bacteria covered by current immunizations. The new vaccine, which represents the 'most comprehensive' coverage of pneumococcal disease to date, could greatly reduce the number of deaths from the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 20, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Doctors Without Borders Challenges Pfizer's Unmerited Patent for Pneumonia Vaccine in Delhi High Court
Press releaseDoctors Without Borders Challenges Pfizer's Unmerited Patent for Pneumonia Vaccine in Delhi High CourtOctober 13, 2017NEW YORK/NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 13, 2017—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) filed a petition before the High Court of Delhi today to overturn a patent granted to Pfizer pharmaceutical corporation on the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

How MSF Brought Down the Price of the Pneumonia Vaccine
VideoHow MSF Brought Down the Price of the Pneumonia VaccineOctober 16, 2017 (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Melissa Pracht Source Type: news

MSF drags govt to Delhi HC over Pfizer's pneumonia vaccine patent
The Indian patent office granted Pfizer a patent for its vaccine PCV13 (13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine), sold here under the brand ‘Prevenar13’ for over 10 years. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - October 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The World Is Running Out of Much Needed New Antibiotics
Posters: Misuse of antibiotics and risks. Credit: WHOBy Baher KamalROME, Oct 4 2017 (IPS)The world is running out of new antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a new specialised report warns ahead of this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, adding that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on this issue “Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, includi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Adults With Asthma Not Getting Pneumonia Vaccine As Recommended
BOSTON (CBS) – At about this time, we start talking about flu shots but many adults are missing out on another key vaccine. The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for all adults with asthma, but a new study finds that only 42% of people ages 18 to 64 who have asthma getting it. Also known as the pneumococcal vaccine, it protects against a type of bacteria that commonly causes pneumonia. A version of the vaccine is given to kids in early childhood, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, including asthma. So why aren’t more than half of adults with asthma getting the shot? Perhaps they have never heard o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Flu Shot pneumonia vaccine Source Type: news

Has measles really been 'eliminated' in the UK?
"Measles eliminated in the UK for the first time," reports The Telegraph. This and other stories in the media are based on a new World Health Organization (WHO) report confirming the UK is now one of 33 countries in Europe to have "eliminated" measles. "Elimination" is the official term used once a country has reduced the number of cases of a disease to a low enough level to stop it spreading through the general population for at least three years. It doesn't mean that measles has been wiped out or eradicated in the UK. In 2016 there were more than 500 cases in England and Wales. However, the ...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Vaccine Not Reaching Majority of Adults with Asthma (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Many adults with asthma still aren't receiving the pneumococcal vaccine as recommended … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Vaccine for Only Half With Work - Related Asthma
54 percent of adults with work - related asthma, 35 percent with non - work - related asthma vaccinated (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 28, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Infections, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Nursing, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Many With Work - Related Asthma Not Getting Key Vaccine
Recommended pneumococcal shot taken by little more than half, CDC report shows (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 27, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Infections, Pulmonology, Asthma, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Many with Work-Related Asthma Not Getting Key Vaccine
Recommended pneumococcal shot taken by little more than half, CDC report shows Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Asthma, Immunization, Occupational Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many With Work-Related Asthma Not Getting Key Vaccine
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 -- Only half of American adults with work-related asthma get the recommended vaccination against pneumococcal disease, a new study finds. Adults with asthma are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease, and the U.S.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 27, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Prevnar 13 (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM197 Protein] Suspension for Intramuscular Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 25, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Should I Get the Pneumonia Vaccine Every Year?
Title: Should I Get the Pneumonia Vaccine Every Year?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - September 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Immunization Update: Making It Happen
Multiple immunizations are recommended for older adults, as are annual flu vaccines. Specifically, these include two pneumonia vaccines: PPSV23, the 23-valent vaccine containing pneumococcal capsular polysaccharide, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) that protects older adults against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria. PPSV23 is estimated to be approximately 50% effective in preventing pneumonia, and this increases when PCV13 is added. Based on probabilistic modeling, use of PCV13 added to the current PPSV23 prevents an estimated 12,000 cases of community-acquired pneumonia over the lifetime of a single cohort of i...
Source: Caring for the Ages - August 30, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Barbara Resnick Tags: The Board Room Source Type: news

New Guidance Clarifies Use of Pneumococcal, Influenza Vaccines in Older Adults
If the federal government ’s Healthy People 2020 goals are met, at least 90% of patients and residents in post-acute and long-term care facilities will be immunized against influenza and pneumococcal infection. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - August 30, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Kilgore Source Type: news

India Grants Pfizer Patent on Pneumonia Vaccine India Grants Pfizer Patent on Pneumonia Vaccine
India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Indian Patent Office Delivers Major Blow to Affordable Pneumonia Vaccine Hopes
Press releaseIndian Patent Office Delivers Major Blow to Affordable Pneumonia Vaccine HopesAugust 22, 2017Hopes for improved access to an affordable pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) that protects both children and adults from pneumonia was dealt a major blow after the Indian patent office granted a patent to the U.S. pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news

India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

India grants Pfizer patent for blockbuster brand Prevenar 13
India has seven pneumonia related deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the 2016 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - August 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Penicillin Resistance Before and After PCV13 Introduction Penicillin Resistance Before and After PCV13 Introduction
How has the introduction of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine impacted the prevalence of penicillin resistance?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine
The shots are effective in killing the main bacterial cause, but other germs are growing, researchers find Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Childhood Immunization, Ear Infections, Pneumococcal Infections (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine
MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 -- American kids'ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests. However, the study,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine
Title: Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal VaccineCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - August 7, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Infectious diseases warning: The three vaccinations YOU should have by your 70s
INFECTIOUS diseases are responsible for a significant number of hospital admissions and deaths in the elderly. For this reason, there are particular vaccines recommended for people 65 and over - pneumococcal vaccine, flu vaccine and shingles vaccine. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Vaccination in Adults Aged 65 Years or Older Pneumococcal Vaccination in Adults Aged 65 Years or Older
Have the 2014 revisions in ACIP's recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination in adults 65 and older led to an increase in vaccination coverage?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Pfizer revenue misses as demand falls for older drugs, Prevnar
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc's quarterly revenue missed Wall Street estimates on Tuesday, hurt by falling demand for its blockbuster pneumonia vaccine Prevnar as well as older drugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Pfizer revenue misses on lower Prevnar, Enbrel sales
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc reported quarterly revenue on Tuesday that missed Wall Street estimates, driven by lower demand for its rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel and pneumonia vaccine Prevnar. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Pfizer quarterly revenue slips 2 percent
(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc reported a nearly 2 percent drop in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, driven by lower demand for its rheumatoid arthritis treatment Enbrel and pneumonia vaccine Prevnar. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Angola: More Than 2000 Cows Vaccinated in Ganda
[ANGOP] Ganda -Over 2.000 heads of bovine cattle have been vaccinated since April in Ganda municipality, central Benguela province, against contagious bovine pneumonia, carbuncle hepatic and nodular hematite. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Angola: More Than 2000 Heads of Cattle Vaccinated in Ganda
[ANGOP] Ganda -Over 2.000 heads of cattle have been vaccinated since April in Ganda municipality, central Benguela province, against contagious bovine pneumonia, carbuncle hepatic and nodular hematite. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Single - Dose PCV13 Immunogenic, Safe in Pediatric Oncology
After vaccination, ≥ 70 percent had protective antibody titers for S. pneumoniae serotypes (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - July 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Infections, Oncology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news

Bacteremia and the Pneumococcal Vaccines Bacteremia and the Pneumococcal Vaccines
How has the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccines influenced bacteremia rates in young children?Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

How Common Are STIs?
Discussion Of the 30 different microbes which can be transmitted by sexual contact, 8 have the greatest incidence of transmitting disease. Four are curable (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Trichomoniasis) and 4 are incurable at present (Hepatitis B, Herpes simplex virus (HSV), Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Human papillomavirus (HPV)). Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are important as they can cause: Increased rates of acquisition of other STIs (ie HSV and syphilis increase the rate of HIV infection acquisition) Pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility Stillbirth and neonatal death Neonatal morbidity i...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Uptake of PCV13 Low Among Seniors (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS Two years after the CDC began recommending that seniors get the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Medicare Beneficiaries Occurring After the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommendation for Routine Use Of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine for Adults Aged ≥65 Years
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 13, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Gaps Remain in Recommended Vaccines for Older Americans Gaps Remain in Recommended Vaccines for Older Americans
New data suggest room for improvement in influenza, pneumococcal, tetanus, and shingles vaccine coverage among adults aged 65 and older.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Maine Reports First Confirmed Case Of Measles In 20 Years
The vaccine-preventable disease can cause serious complications, including pneumonia and death. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Severe Polyserositis Induced by PCV13 Vaccine Severe Polyserositis Induced by PCV13 Vaccine
Was the severe serositis in this 75-year-old woman an auto-inflammatory response to her recent vaccination with 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA Science: Working at the speed of emerging technologies
FDA Acting Chief Scientist Luciana Borio By Luciana Borio, M.D. Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten used to nearly instant access to almost anything. Today, with a tap of an app, we order a car ride, a book, or pizza for dinner. Need to navigate past traffic in downtown city streets? No problem. There’s an app for that, too. Some may wonder: Why hasn’t rapid medical product development partaken of this need for speed that has reshaped other sectors of our economy? Well, in many ways, it has. Innovation is happening extraordinarily fast in the biomedical sciences and at FDA. As FDA’s Acting Chief S...
Source: Mass Device - June 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

Community Health Workers: Forgotten No More
June 21, 2017A new global campaign is pushing for salaries, benefits, and formal employment for these crucial health workers.They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and plains, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles.They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry bags of tablets, syrups, and health information materials. They mobilize communities to go for vaccinations. They distribute mosquito nets. They supply contraceptives. They accompany women to antenatal clinics and delivery rooms and ensure that they deliver their babies safely.They go by various names such as community health workers ...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Nurses crucial in improving uptake of potentially life-saving vaccine in vulnerable RMD patients
(European League Against Rheumatism) The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology 2017 press conference showed that implementing a vaccination program run by nursing staff dramatically improves pneumococcal vaccination coverage among vulnerable patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pfizer ’s 13-valent PCV selected in India’s immunisation programme
Pharmaceutical firm Pfizer ’s 13-valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 13) has been selected in India’s immunisation programme in selected states. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - May 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pfizer's pneumonia vaccine now part of immunization programme
The company's 13-valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 13) to prevent pneumonia has been selected for immunisation program in certain states. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - May 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that i...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized CDC Disease ebola Gates Foundation MERS outbreak pandemic Zika Source Type: news

Investors Urge Pfizer to Lower Price of Pneumonia Vaccine
MSF brings investors ’ voices to Pfizer meeting to demand more affordable pneumonia vaccine for children in developing countries.Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news