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  1. Chickenpox Vaccine May Wear Off

    March 14, 2007 -- The chickenpox vaccine's effectiveness may fade with time, so children should get a second dose when they're 4-6 years old. That news appears in The New England Journal of Medicine. Make no mistake: The researchers aren't knocking the vaccine. In fact, they say it has "substantiall

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  2. FDA Notes Baby Vaccine Bowel Problems

    Feb. 13, 2007 -- The FDA today announced that 28 U.S. babies reportedly developed a potentially deadly bowel problem after getting the RotaTeq vaccine. The babies developed intussusception, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which the intestine gets blocked or twisted. Sixteen o

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  3. The Flu Vaccine Works -- But Few Give It a Shot

    May 8, 2000 -- While this year's influenza vaccine held its own against the flu, many high-risk individuals did not get their yearly flu shot. In response, the federal CDC in Atlanta is changing its recommendations. In the May 5 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers from th

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  4. No-Needle Tetanus Vaccine in the Works

    June 16, 2006 -- Scientists are working on an "ouch-free" vaccine against tetanus tetanus and anthrax. The vaccine is still in experimental stages. So far, it's been tested on mice, not people. Current tetanus vaccines are given by injection. The new version would go on the skin, without any needles

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  5. Mumps Epidemic Hits Iowa

    April 4, 2006 -- Iowa is experiencing an epidemic of mumps, a viral infection usually made rare by vaccination. Iowa's public health department reports 300 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases of mumps through April 3. That's a "dramatic increase," Iowa public health officials say in a letter to

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  6. Infant-Diarrhea Vaccine: Removed From Use, but Was It Justified?

    Oct. 11, 2001 -- A vaccine to treat one of the most common causes of diarrhea in infants was pulled from the market earlier this year, but some researchers are now saying that the vaccine may have gotten a bad rap. Rotavirus causes diarrhea severe enough to put 50,000 infants in the hospital each ye

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  7. No Risk of Recurrent Seizures From Childhood Vaccines

    Aug. 29, 2001 -- Getting kids immunized is never fun, but a new study should help ease parents' fears about a side effect of some important vaccines. Some kids have fever-related seizures after childhood vaccinations. But the study shows that it's unlikely that they will go on to have developmental

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  8. Meningitis Vaccine Urged for College Freshmen

    Aug. 1, 2001 (Washington) -- College freshmen: Add a meningitis vaccine to your to-do list before packing for school this year. The death of Evan Bozof, a college student who contracted meningitis, was entirely preventable because there is a vaccine to protect against the brain-swelling illness, his

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  9. Vaccine Chokes Chickenpox

    March 29, 2001 -- It's one thing for a drug or vaccine to prove itself effective in a clinical trial, where conditions are controlled and participants carefully selected. The more important question is how will the product perform in real life? When it comes to the chickenpox vaccine, Yale Universit

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  10. Vaccinating Children Against the Flu May Help the Elderly

    March 21, 2001 -- The vast majority of the roughly 20,000 Americans who die of flu-related illnesses during a typical flu season are elderly. Now an intriguing study from Japan suggests the best way to protect the old may be to vaccinate the young. The study's authors contend that widespread flu vac

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