Doctor Group: Changed Nasal Flu Vaccine OK for Kids
Changes to the nasal spray appear to have improved its effectiveness, and the American Academy of Pediatrics is now endorsing it as well as flu shots to protect children. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anti-Vaxxers: Singular in Focus, Varied in Argument
(MedPage Today) -- Four distinct types of anti-vaccination content seen in Facebook posts (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 21, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Anti-vaxers and Facebook: The four subgroups that fuel online attacks
In the ongoing -- and sometimes vicious -- vaccination debates online, pediatricians who are vocal vaccine advocates have become frequent targets of anti-vaxers. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Framework offers doctors method to counter fears about vaccines
While social media is often used to push anti-vaccine messages, it can also help doctors set the record straight on the safety of vaccines. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senegal ’s New eLearning Platform Helps Prevent Service Disruptions as Health Workers Train
By Moussa Dia, Technical advisor for health systems performance, IntraHealth InternationalMarch 21, 2019Unlike other online platforms, it covers several areas of care and is useful for all types of health workers.en fran çaisMaty* is the only nurse in her remote village in Senegal. When she travels to the health district for training —which she must do frequently—it means there are no qualified medical personnel in her village to care for pregnant women, deliver babies, treat sicknesses, or respond to medical emergencies.If she ’s gone and her clients need help, they must either wait or go to ano...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Neema Digital Health Mobile Technology Education & Performance eLearning Management and Performance Nurses Senegal Source Type: news

Most anti-vaxxer trolls on Facebook are mothers who support Trump or Sanders
A new University of Pittsburgh study reveals that the majority of anti-vaccination comments on Facebook are written by mothers. More than half of them support Trump, but 11% are for Sanders. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kentucky governor says he exposed his 9 children to chickenpox
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he exposed his nine children to chickenpox rather than getting them vaccinated. He said on a radio show this week that he did it so they would catch it and become immune. Bevin said he does not support the state's mandatory chickenpox vaccine for children entering kindergarten. Parents can seek religious exemptions or prove the child was already infected. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Drives'Anti-Vaxxer' Parents? It's a Mixed Bag, Study Shows
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Anti-vaccination campaigns abound on social media, but the people involved are not necessarily driven by any single motivation, a new study suggests. Instead, researchers say, people who voice their anti-vaccine... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 21, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Anti-vaxxers trolled a doctor’s office. Here’s what scientists learned from the attack.
A pediatric practice targeted in an anti-vaccine Facebook campaign investigated who was behind the attack and teamed up with researchers to learn more about the characteristics and beliefs of the commenters. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Teen kept home for refusing chickenpox vaccine sues the health department
In northern Kentucky, an outbreak of more than 30 cases of chickenpox prompted health officials to ban unvaccinated students from school. A student's family is suing for religious reasons. Dean Reynolds reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anti-vaxxers trolled a doctors’ office. Here’s what scientists learned from the attack.
How a pediatric practice targeted in an anti-vaccine Facebook campaign investigated who was behind the attack and teamed up with researchers to learn more about the characteristics and beliefs of the commeters. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox rather than getting vaccine
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analyzing a Facebook-fueled anti-vaccination attack: 'It's not all about autism'
(University of Pittsburgh) Pitt scientists find a viral anti-vaccination Facebook campaign wasn't 'all about autism,' but instead centered on four distinct themes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces has recently shown an increase in the number of cases reported by week, after many weeks of overall decline (Figure 1). This rise is not unexpected and, in part, likely a result of the increased security challenges, including the recent direct attacks on treatment centers, and pockets of community mistrust, which slowed some response activities in affected areas for a few days. Katwa, Butembo, Masereka and Mandima account for over 80% of all cases in the last 21 days. A total of 97 confirmed cases were reported during the last 21 days from 38 of the 1...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 21, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Teen refuses chickenpox vaccine despite outbreak
Jerome Kunkel said he refused to get the vaccine based on religious beliefs (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS England strips Capita of cervical screening contract
BMA says decision ‘is only right’ – it campaigned for Capita to lose contract after shambolic failures Related items fromOnMedica Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Maternity care better in some respects – but still many problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 21, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Temple University Mumps Outbreak Swells to 74 Cases
(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia health officials say they now believe 74 people have contracted mumps at Temple University. City Department of Health spokesman James Garrow said Wednesday there are 15 confirmed cases and 59 probable cases, all but three of them in Philadelphia. Probable diagnoses indicate a person showing mumps-like symptoms. The city says the numbers reported this year are high compared with those in past years; 54 cases were reported in 2010. Students who may be infected should limit contact with others and seek medical care. Mumps is a viral infection that involves swollen glands. The Centers for Di...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Education Infectious Disease onetime Pennsylvania Source Type: news

Mandatory vaccination is a "public good," claim Leftists, but ejaculation is "assault?"
(Natural News) Leftist Democrats are letting their demons show like never before, as a pair of black female Democrats from Georgia recently proposed new legislation that would make it a crime for men to ejaculate without a condom, condemning unprotected sex by men as a form of “aggravated assault.” But when it comes to doctors... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine Boosts OS in Late-Stage, Relapsed Ovarian Cancer
(MedPage Today) -- Survival at 2 years was 72.4% versus 40.9% with chemotherapy alone (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - March 20, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Tech's fight against anti-vaccine content prompts free speech debate
Doctors are questioning whether big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google share the blame for an alarming rise in unvaccinated kids. The percentage of young children who have not received any vaccinations has quadrupled since 2001. It coincides with hundreds of cases of measles reported in the U.S. Public health experts worry parents are opting out of vaccines after finding faulty science online. Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tech's fight against anti-vaccine content prompts free speech debate
"We're slipping ever closer to tyranny and these tech companies are the ones driving the bus," said the producer of "The Greater Good" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stunning: Vaccines cause 4 to 5 times WORSE outcomes for measles, scientific study reveals
(Natural News) The issue of vaccination is currently under the spotlight as never before. Proponents of vaccines insist that they save lives and provide what is known as “herd immunity” – the idea that if enough people are vaccinated against a disease the entire community will be protected. Those opposed to vaccines have serious concerns... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reworked Nasal Flu Vaccine Looks Good for Kids, Pediatricians' Group Says
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Good news for kids: Next flu season, you can avoid a painful needle jab and get the nasal vaccine spray instead, according to a leading U.S. pediatricians'group. In recent flu seasons, the American Academy of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 20, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Key to saving lives of newborns lies in half a teaspoon of blood, study claims
Research reveals striking changes in babies ’ immune development that could form the basis for lifesaving vaccinesA groundbreaking study has claimed that the key to saving the lives of newborns is found in just half a teaspoon of blood.Research has revealed dramatic changes in the immune systems of newborns, which scientists say could transform our understanding of disease in babies.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 20, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Karen McVeigh Tags: Global health Global development Immunology Medical research Science Vaccines and immunisation Source Type: news

Antibodies from earlier exposures affect response to new flu strains
(University of Texas at Austin) Research from UT Austin highlights role of immunological imprinting -- or how the immune system fights the flu after previous exposure to the virus via infections or vaccinations -- in the elicitation of new antibodies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 20, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pollutants, pathogens could team up to make us sick
(American Chemical Society) Many people view pollutants and pathogens as separate causes of illness. However, recent research indicates that the two can interact, changing how people and animals respond to infectious diseases. According to an article in Chemical& Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, environmental pollutants appear to weaken the immune system, reduce vaccine efficacy and increase pathogen virulence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 20, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

God, country and chickenpox: How an outbreak entangled one school in a vaccine showdown
Jerome Kunkel, 18, was banned from his Kentucky school, which is experiencing a chickenpox outbreak, because he isn't vaccinated against the virus. Now he's suing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

Flu Shot OK for Cancer Patients on Checkpoint Inhibitors
(MedPage Today) -- Study examined incidence of immune-related adverse events after flu vaccination (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - March 20, 2019 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Russian speakers hardest-hit by measles in Washington as myths fly
Russian-speakers in Washington have the lowest vaccination rates in the state, and insular communities help anti-vaccination myths spread, paving the way for the measles outbreak. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well over half of people have never had an STI test
Quarter of UK adults would only get tested if they had symptoms, so at risk of damage from ‘invisible’ STIs Related items fromOnMedica Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 Concerns over UK young adults ’ readiness for first sex Parents unsure of HPV vaccine for daughters JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer Vaccine Misses Mark in Prostate Cancer
(MedPage Today) -- Phase III randomized trial fails to confirm survival benefit seen earlier (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - March 19, 2019 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Measles and Vaccine Hesitancy: AAP Responds Measles and Vaccine Hesitancy: AAP Responds
Dr Kyle Yasuda, AAP president, discusses the organization's response to anti-vaccine messages spreading on social media.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

A single doctor wrote one THIRD of vaccine exemptions for San Diego school children
Dr Tara Zandvliet wrote 141 out of 486 total medical exemptions from vaccination for students of the San Diego Unified School District since 2015, documents obtained by local reporters reveal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kentucky teen who refuses to get the chickenpox vaccine SUES his school
Jerome Kunkel, an 18-year-old senior and basketball captain at a Catholic school in Walton, objects to vaccines because he believes they 'contain aborted fetal cells'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teen who refused chickenpox vaccine says school is limiting his activities. So he's suing
A Kentucky student is suing his local health department after it barred students who aren't immunized against the chickenpox from attending school and canceled extracurricular activities during an outbreak that has affected 32 people. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.1 Million Children to Be Immunised Against Polio in Adamawa
[Daily Trust] No fewer than 1.13 million children are expected to be vaccinated against polio in the ongoing four-day house-to-house immunisation exercise in Adamawa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Unvaccinated Student in Kentucky Sues After Being Barred From Playing Basketball
Jeremy Kunkel, 18, claims he shouldn ’ t be forced to be vaccinated against chickenpox. He contends that barring him from school violates his First Amendment rights. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CONCEPCI Ó N DE LE Ó N Tags: Freedom of Religion Vaccination and Immunization Kentucky Kunkel, Jerome Assumption Academy Suits and Litigation (Civil) First Amendment (US Constitution) Roman Catholic Church Source Type: news

Include Children's Immunizations on Your Spring Break Schedule
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging families to protect their children, themselves and their communities by scheduling vaccinations for their children during this year ’s school spring break. “Vaccinations are safe and effective, and help protect our children, our parents, and our friends and neighbors,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, DHS Deputy Secretary. “They help keep kids from missing school and parents from missing work or other activities due to illne sses which...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 18, 2019 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Studies point to vaccines as a potential cause of childhood joint pain
(Natural News) Many of us associate the joint pain and inflammation of arthritis with the elderly, a large number of whom do indeed suffer with this condition. In reality, however, many thousands of children also suffer with debilitating joint pain, most commonly in the form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). As reported by Natural Health... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Gives Update On Foot and Mouth Disease On 14 March 2019
[Govt of SA] On 07 January this year the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed and reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the high surveillance area of the foot and mouth disease free zone in Limpopo, adjacent to the protection zone. Subsequently, South Africa lost its World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recognised foot and mouth disease free zone without vaccination status. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Systems Immunology: Understanding Responses to Vaccination and Infection
The Scientist is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss their research and experiences in systems immunology. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 18, 2019 Category: Science Tags: Sponsored Webinars Source Type: news

Ministry considered options for handling 'dysfunctional' chiropractors college after CBC report, FOI shows
For nearly two years, a group of B.C. chiropractors say they rang alarm bells about "outlandish claims regarding vaccination and treatment of children" made by three board members at the College of Chiropractors. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Stronger action urged against homeopathic products touted as alternatives to vaccines
Health Canada's recent warning that homeopathic remedies are not an alternative to vaccines doesn't go far enough to prevent the damage the products could do as the country fights off a resurgence of measles, doctors and health policy experts say.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 18, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Zika study may 'supercharge' vaccine research
(University of Queensland) Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines.The study, led by The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, used a new technique to uncover Zika mutations that help foster virus replication in mosquito hosts, while hindering its ability to replicate in mammals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 18, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Women face delays in smear test results
Surge in number of smear tests come as laboratories prepare for shake-up Related items fromOnMedica Preventing cervical cancer: how a screening switch and HPV vaccination should cut cancer rates Social media could help raise breast screening take-up Armed forces wives at greater risk of perinatal depression Cervical screening intervals should be extended Breast cancer age profile younger in non-white women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Nose examination provides clues to lung infection
Bacteria and viruses in the nose was altered in children with severe infection Related items fromOnMedica Rapid rise in flu consultations putting strain on GPs Adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine best option for over-65s Pay more heed to parent concern over sick children Improve uptake of MMR jab to meet WHO target Recurrent viral RTIs in first 6 months linked to type 1 diabetes risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Are Planned Parenthood aborted babies being used to make chicken pox vaccines?
(Natural News) Millions of people who value life were aghast after learning that Planned Parenthood, for years, has been engaging in the illegal sale of aborted fetal body parts for profit. But many of these same people willingly line right up to vaccinate themselves and their children without a second thought, even when many vaccines... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines and Autism; Aspirin and Prostate Cancer: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics also include wearable technologies and surgery recovery, and a patient reportedly cured of HIV (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - March 17, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Ebola Epidemic in Congo Could Last Another Year, C.D.C. Director Warns
Returning from a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the agency chief also worried that vaccine supplies could run out. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics United States Politics and Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) your-feed-science Redfield, Robert R Source Type: news