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  1. Vaccine Cuisine Could Soon Grace Your Table

    Aug. 11, 2000 -- It's vaccination time, but no needles are needed. You hand your child's prescription to the pharmacist, and she gives you a bottle of tomato juice -- or applesauce, or spinach, or rice, or maybe a dried vegetable powder. Today, bio-engineered plants are being used as inexpensive fac

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  2. Parental Comfort Helps Children Cope With Shots

    July 25, 2000 (Atlanta) -- It's true that a little sugar can make the medicine go down, and so can parents' cooing, cuddling, and other efforts to soothe a child who is getting an immunization shot, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Michigan wanted to find out whether parents'

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  3. Federal Health Officials Extol High U.S. Vaccination Rate

    July 6, 2000 (Washington) -- Good news on the vaccine front: The vaccination rate for U.S. children has reached its highest rate ever, according to statistics released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. "Thanks in large part to these high immunization rates, we have seen a brea

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  4. Is the Nation's Vaccine Program in Trouble?

    June 15, 2000 (Washington) -- Even though more Americans than ever are getting vaccinations, the system supporting the effort is "unstable," according to a new report from a panel of experts commissioned by a congressional committee. At the same time, another congressional panel took a hard look Thu

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  5. Lyme Disease Vaccine Protects Kids From Tick-Borne Illness

    May 15, 2000 (Boston) -- It's tick season, and that nasty little bug is out to get your kids. But researchers announced some encouraging news Monday in the fight against Lyme disease. For the first time, a vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in protecting children 4-18 years of age from

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  6. Chicken Pox Vaccine Smarter Than You Think

    March 28, 2000 (Cleveland) -- Although up to 30% of children vaccinated with the chicken pox vaccine could have a recurrence of chicken pox, parents should not be concerned. According to a study in the April issue of the journal Nature Medicine, the virus's reactivation only produces mild symptoms a

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  7. Could Shots Become a Thing of the Past?

    March 27, 2000 (San Francisco) -- Imagine getting a vaccination without feeling any pain. Or using a super-effective inhaler that lets you take your medication by breathing rather than swallowing. Or, even better, having a dime-sized device implanted under your skin that dispenses drugs when your bo

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  8. One in Five Children May Get Extra Vaccinations, Study Finds

    March 7, 2000 (Cleveland) -- With all the attention given to the need for proper immunization of children, extra vaccinations may seem like a nonissue. But a study that appears in the March 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that one in five children 1 1/2 to 3 years ol

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  9. Measles Vaccine Spray Could Boost Developing Countries

    March 2, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- There's good news for developing countries still battling measles. Delivering a booster of the measles vaccine through an aerosol spray may be as effective and safer than giving injections, according to a report from South African researchers in this week's issue of th

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  10. FDA Approves First Infant Vaccine

    Feb. 17, 2000 (Washington) -- Parents of infants and toddlers got some eagerly awaited news Thursday when the FDA approved the first vaccine to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease in infants and toddlers. Each year, it is estimated that the pneumococcus organism results in about 60,000 cases of ch

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