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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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