April 2014
Stamp Out Smoking: Tobacco-Free Living...The Sting of Shingles: Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks...Nurse Staffing Affects Patient Safety...Updated Report on Heroin...Featured Web Site: Understanding Health News (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - April 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine OK in Mild Lupus
NEW YORK (MedPage Today) -- Vaccination against shingles may be safe for patients with mild, stable systemic lupus erythematosus, a researcher said here. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - March 24, 2014 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 21st March 2014
Concerned about aches and pains? Worried about a medical condition? You can email your questions confidentially to Dr Le Fanu at drjames@telegraph.co.uk. Answers will be published in the health section of the Telegraph website every Friday. Today: the statin debate continues, discontinued migraine drugs, side-effects of shingles vaccine and cough syncope     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 21st March 2014
Concerned about aches and pains? Worried about a medical condition? You can email your questions confidentially to Dr Le Fanu at drjames@telegraph.co.uk. Answers will be published in the health section of the Telegraph website every Friday. Today: the statin debate continues, discontinued migraine drugs, side-effects of shingles vaccine and cough syncope     (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Likely to Be Cost-EffectiveShingles Vaccine Likely to Be Cost-Effective
Vaccinating older adults against herpes zoster (HZ) and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is probably cost-effective, according to a critical review of the literature. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician Says
Title: Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/5/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - March 6, 2014 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician Says
Painful condition, caused by same virus responsible for chicken pox, can last several weeks Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Seniors' Health, Shingles (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many U.S. Adults Not Getting Key Vaccines: CDC
Little progress seen beyond shingles, HPV and Tdap vaccinations, researchers report Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Merck Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2013 Financial Results
Dateline City: WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Fourth-Quarter 2013 Non-GAAP EPS Increased by 6 Percent Over Prior Year to $0.88, Excluding Certain Items; GAAP EPS Decreased by 13 Percent to $0.26. Full-Year 2013 Non-GAAP EPS of $3.49, Excluding Certain Items; GAAP EPS of $1.47. Fourth-Quarter 2013 Worldwide Sales Were $11.3 Billion, a Decrease of 4 Percent Reflecting Unfavorable Impact of Patent Expiries and a 3 Percent Negative Impact from Foreign Exchange. Full-Year 2013 Worldwide Sales Were $44.0 Billion, a Decrease of 7 Percent ...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - February 5, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Financial News Latest News Source Type: news

Herpes Zoster Linked Again to Increased Stroke, MIHerpes Zoster Linked Again to Increased Stroke, MI
The vaccine that reduces herpes zoster might also cut risks for vascular events, including stroke, transient ischemic attack, and myocardial infarction, researchers speculate. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - January 2, 2014 Category: Cardiology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Vaccine lies: Whooping cough outbreaks being triggered by vaccinated children
It is a common myth perpetuated by both the entrenched system of monopolistic medicine and the mainstream media that unvaccinated children are the social scourge responsible for triggering outbreaks of rare diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), measles and shingles... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

French National Health Authority recommends routine vaccination with Zostavax® to protect seniors against shingles
The French National High Council for Public Health (HCSP) has recommended routine shingles vaccination for seniors from 65 to 74 years of age. In addition, during the first year a catch-up will be proposed to 75-79 year-olds[1].The recommendation acknowledges the heavy burden of shingles and its often-associated condition, long-lasting pain called post-herpetic neuralgia. The High Council recognizes the significant scientific evidence that vaccination is the only health option that prevents both incidence and severity of disease. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 19, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine 'back in stock'
Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, is now available to order from the ImmForm website after more than a month Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 9, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles in Adults Not Linked to Varicella Vaccination in KidsShingles in Adults Not Linked to Varicella Vaccination in Kids
An increased incidence of shingles in adults did not follow increased vaccination in kids and does not appear to result from loss of natural immunity boosts associated with exposure to children with chickenpox. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Increased Shingles Cases Not Linked to Chicken Pox Vaccine
Chickenpox vaccination not linked to increased shingles incidence (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - December 4, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccination not linked to increased shingles incidence
A new study claims to have ruled out a link between childhood vaccination against varicella (chickenpox) and the increased incidence of herpes zoster (shingles) in adults, according to an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Chickenpox and shingles are both caused by the same virus - the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The first exposure to the virus can lead to varicella or chickenpox, which is a common and fairly mild illness. Predominantly a childhood illness, adults can also get it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Immune System / Vaccines Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
Title: Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/2/2013 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 12/3/2013 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - December 3, 2013 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

U.S. Varicella Vaccination Program Didn't Lead to Increase in Herpes Zoster Incidence (FREE)
By Kelly Young The implementation of childhood varicella immunization in the U.S. did not affect herpes zoster diagnoses among the elderly, according to a study in the Annals … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 3, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chickenpox Vaccine Not Responsible for Rise in Shingles, Study Says
39 percent increase over 18 years remains unexplained Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Chickenpox, Childhood Immunization, Shingles (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - December 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News 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

Adult vaccine uptake needs improving
Think tank sets out immunisation strategyRelated items from OnMedicaGPs should redouble efforts on MMR take-up, urges unionFlu jab for over-50s could halve heart attacks70+ age group to be vaccinated against shingles from this autumnChildhood immunisation Flu programmes should target young over old, say experts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 19, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Zostavax unavailable until December
Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, will not be available in the UK until December Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 11, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Should we get over our phobia of vaccines and act against chicken pox?
Charities are calling for a shingles vaccine, to help thousands of people who develop the rash manage the pain     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - November 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Should we get over our phobia of vaccines and act against chicken pox?
Charities are calling for a shingles vaccine, to help thousands of people who develop the rash manage the pain     (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - November 6, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs' disbelief at £250m shingles jab to save 200 lives
The taxpayer faces a bill of £250?million for a vaccination programme that is expected to save fewer than 200 lives.     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - November 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine available 'from November'
Normal supplies of Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, will be restored in November or December, officials have claimed Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - October 30, 2013 Category: Nursing Authors: Lalah-Simone Springer Tags: Infections Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine supplies to resume next month
Public Health England (PHE) believes normal supplies of Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, will be restored in November or December Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 30, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) Awarded Prix Galien USA 2013 Best Biotechnology Product
Dateline City: WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live), the company's vaccine to help prevent shingles, received the Prix Galien USA 2013 Award for Best Biotechnology Product. Language: English Contact: Media:MerckCaroline Lappetito, (267) 305-7639 Ticker Slug: Ticker: MRK Exchange: NYSE read more...
Source: Merck.com - Product News - October 23, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Prescription Medicine News Corporate News Latest News Source Type: news

Ask the doctor: My GP won't give me the shingles jab
Dr MARTIN SCURR criticises the government's flimsy reasons for rationing the shingles vaccine AND questions why health visitors won't help the elderly. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination of children could target flu best
Study shows targeting children for flu jabs could save livesRelated items from OnMedicaToddler flu immunisation campaign startsChildhood immunisation Flu jab for over-50s could halve heart attacksGPs in catch-up campaign to target a million children with MMR70+ age group to be vaccinated against shingles from this autumn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 9, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Results from a New Poll: Many Adults Aged 60-Plus Plan to Take Steps to Avoid Flu but Not Other Potentially Preventable Diseases Such as Shingles
Dateline City: WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Reinforces Need for Healthcare Professionals and Patients to Discuss Shingles Flu is at the top of the list of diseases older adults plan to ask about, according to results from a new Harris Interactive consumer awareness survey, sponsored by Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Most (68 percent) of the more than 600 surveyed adults age 60 and older are at least somewhat likely to ask their healthcare professional (doctors or pharmacists) about preventing the flu this year, and are signific...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - October 8, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: chickenpox Eddy Bresnitz herpes zoster Merck MRK MSD shingles zostavax Vaccine News Corporate News Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine unavailable after 'multiple ordering'
Zostavax – the shingles vaccine – is no longer available to order from the ImmForm website, following a UK-wide shortage Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 2, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine shortage hits UK
Orders of the shingles vaccine – Zostavax – have been capped due to a supply problem, the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) has said Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 16, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Coverage Remains Low (CME/CE)
DENVER (MedPage Today) -- Vaccination for shingles was around 16% in 2011 among those at the greatest risk for the disease, researchers reported here. (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - September 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination jab at 70 will ward off shingles across the UK
This month sees the launch of the UK shingles vaccination programme, where all adults aged 70 and 79 will be offered a jab. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Merck’s Durham Site Receives U.S. FDA Licensure for Varicella Bulk
Dateline City: DURHAM, N.C. Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture bulk varicella at the company’s site in Durham, N.C., for use in Merck’s vaccines to protect against chickenpox and shingles. The approval will enable the site to produce bulk varicella supply for the U.S. and help boost Merck’s overall global supply capabilities. In 2010, the site was approved to produce finished chickenpox vaccines. Language: Eng...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - September 4, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Maria.tortoreto at merck.com Tags: chickenpox durham herpes zoster john howell julie gerberding maurice r. hilleman Merck MMD MRK MSD pneumovax shingles varivax willie deese zostavax Vaccine News Corporate News Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccination programme begins
The shingles vaccination programme for people aged over 70 is due to begin this week Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 2, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Shingles jab programme underway for over-70s
People in their 70s will be offered the shingles vaccine on the NHS from 2 September. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - September 2, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine campaign to start
People in their 70s across the UK will be routinely vaccinated against shingles from September 2013. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 2, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccination factsheet for healthcare professionals
The aim of the universal vaccination programme is to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 27, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Karen Topping Source Type: news

Shingles and childhood seasonal influenza vaccination programme FAQs
NHS Employers, in agreement with the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA and NHS England have published a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the shingles and shingles catch-up vaccination programmes and also for the childhood seasonal influenza vaccination programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 13, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Vaccinations: Separating myth from reality
Vaccinations aren't just for children. Older adults need them, too, to ward off preventable infectious diseases, especially influenza and pneumonia. Yet many adults aren't following the recommended vaccination schedule. In 2011, only 62% of Americans aged 65 years and older were vaccinated against pneumonia, just over 50% got a needed tetanus vaccine, and a mere 15% were vaccinated against shingles. The August 2013 Harvard Women's Health Watch asked Dr. Elisa Choi, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Center and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, to address five myths an...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Q&A on adult vaccination against shingles
The aim of the universal vaccination programme is to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 29, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Vaccination Against Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic NeuralgiaVaccination Against Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia
Is herpes zoster vaccination worth the cost? Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist Journal Article Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine programme revealed
A universal routine herpes zoster (shingles) vaccination programme for adults over 70 years old is due to begin in September 2013, the government has announced Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - July 17, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Improved vaccination programme launched
New vaccination schemes to protect against flu, shingles and diarrhoea were announced by the government Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - May 28, 2013 Category: Nursing Authors: Lalah-Simone Springer Tags: Children ' s health Family health Infections Editor s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Millions more to get jabs
Millions more people will be protected against disease by improvements to the UK’s revised immunisation schedule, announced last week,including three vaccination programmes to protect against flu, shingles and diarrhoea. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 28, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Flu, shingles and diarrhoea jabs added to UK immunisation programme
The UK's immunisation schedule will be expanded to include three new vaccination programmes to protect children and adults against flu, shingles and diarrhoea. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - May 2, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Improved vaccination programme launched
Millions will be protected against disease by improvements to the UK’s immunisation schedule, including three vaccination programmes to protect against flu, shingles and diarrhoea Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - May 1, 2013 Category: Nursing Authors: Lalah-Simone Springer Tags: Children ' s health Infections Editor s pick Latest News Source Type: news