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  1. 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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  2. Vaccines Reduce Number of Meningitis Infections, but for How Long?

    Jan. 9, 2001 -- Bacterial meningitis, an often devastating infection resulting in inflammation of the spinal cord and the fluid surrounding the cord and the brain, can cause death, brain damage, hearing loss, severe learning disabilities, and many other potentially devastating conditions. Infants, a

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  3. New Group Targets Misinformation and Fear About Immunizations

    Oct. 30, 2000 (Chicago) -- Researchers presented data on some alarming misconceptions parents have about the benefits and risks of vaccines at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday. One in four American parents thinks that childhood immunizations "actually weaken a

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  4. FDA Fines Vaccine Maker for Manufacturing Violations

    Oct. 3, 2000 (Washington) -- A maker of the flu vaccine has agreed to pay a $30 million fine for repeated violations of federal manufacturing rules -- violations that may have contributed to the recent delay in shipments of the flu vaccine to doctors' offices. Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, a division o

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  5. New Vaccines for Old Diseases

    Sept. 18, 2000 (Toronto) -- Ear infections in children, bladder infections in women, and wracking coughs among teens may soon be distant memories. New vaccines, and older vaccines adapted for teens and adults, soon will be available to fight all of these conditions, according to presentations here a

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  6. Risk of Meningitis Upped for College Freshman

    Aug. 21, 2000 -- Is your child off to college this fall? If you've made a checklist of items to pack and things to take care of before he or she goes, you may want to add just one more item -- a meningitis vaccination. Growing research has found that some groups of college students may be at a highe

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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