- HHS Boosts National Capacity to Produce Pandemic Flu Vaccine HHS Boosts National Capacity to Produce Pandemic Flu Vaccine
To boost the nation’s ability to manufacture influenza vaccine quickly in a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today established a fill and finish manufacturing network, which will cover the final steps in the vaccin [...]
- H7N9 Situation and CDC Response Update H7N9 Situation and CDC Response Update
Sporadic human cases of infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) continue to be reported in China, but the increase in case counts has fallen off from the month of April, when multiple cases were being reported each day.
- New Study by Chinese and CDC Experts Shows H7N9 Illness Uncommon in China New Study by Chinese and CDC Experts Shows H7N9 Illness Uncommon in China
A study by CDC and Chinese public health experts published on May 8, 2013, indicates that human infections with the H7N9 virus remain very rare in China among people seeking medical care for influenza-like illness (ILI).
- NIH-Supported Researchers Glean Clues from H7N9 Influenza Genetic Sequences NIH-Supported Researchers Glean Clues from H7N9 Influenza Genetic Sequences
The novel H7N9 avian influenza virus that has caused illness and death of people in China in recent weeks has characteristics known to cause severe disease in mammals, including people, but it is premature to predict its potential for causi [...]
- HHS Awards Contract for Advanced Development of Novel Flu Treatment HHS Awards Contract for Advanced Development of Novel Flu Treatment
A new drug to help address the growing problem of antiviral drug resistance and add to the tools available to fight pandemic and seasonal influenza will be developed under a contract awarded today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human [...]
- GAVI Alliance names global health leader as Director of US strategy GAVI Alliance names global health leader as Director of US strategy
Accomplished Global Health Strategist Natasha Bilimoria to lead U.S. mobilisation, building strong support for life-saving vaccines for children in developing countries.
- GAVI Alliance to support introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in world’s 73 poorest countries GAVI Alliance to support introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in world’s 73 poorest countries
Alliance Board selects additional vaccines to include in its portfolio.
- Pneumonia still responsible for one fifth of child deaths Pneumonia still responsible for one fifth of child deaths
Pneumonia remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally, claiming the lives of more than one million girls and boys every year. But pneumonia deaths are preventable. As countries mark World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, [...]
- Millions of Ethiopian children to be protected each year against leading cause of severe diarrhoea Millions of Ethiopian children to be protected each year against leading cause of severe diarrhoea
Ethiopia becomes the 17th country to introduce rotavirus vaccine with GAVI Alliance support.
- GAVI Alliance partners reaching more children than ever before with accelerated access to vital vaccines GAVI Alliance partners reaching more children than ever before with accelerated access to vital vaccines
Mid-Term Review meeting highlights immunisation successes and challenges.
Medical News Today
- Study increases understanding of the development of obesity and insulin resistance Study increases understanding of the development of obesity and insulin resistance
The first study of its kind, led by Melinda Sothern, PhD, CEP, Professor and Director of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, reveals that the same pro-inflammatory prot [...]
- Counting tumor-attacking immune cells to predict ovarian cancer survival Counting tumor-attacking immune cells to predict ovarian cancer survival
One way to predict survival of many types of cancer is by counting the number of tumor-attacking immune cells that have migrated into the tumor in an effort to eradicate it - a sign of the body's immune response to the cancer. However, quan [...]
- Cancer mutation likely trigger of scleroderma Cancer mutation likely trigger of scleroderma
Johns Hopkins scientists have found evidence that cancer triggers the autoimmune disease scleroderma, which causes thickening and hardening of the skin and widespread organ damage.A report on the discovery, published in the Dec. 5 issue of [...]
- New guidelines stress importance of vaccinating immunocompromised patients New guidelines stress importance of vaccinating immunocompromised patients
People with compromised immune systems - such as those with cancer, HIV infection and Crohn's disease - are especially vulnerable to illness and most should receive the flu shot and other vaccinations, notes a new guideline released by the [...]
- Study results have important implications for HIV vaccine development Study results have important implications for HIV vaccine development
Infectious disease researchers have identified a novel mechanism wherein HIV-1 may facilitate its own transmission by usurping the antibody response directed against itself. These results have important implications for HIV vaccine developm [...]
- Preparing for better management of Tamiflu-resistant influenza viruses Preparing for better management of Tamiflu-resistant influenza viruses
Researchers in Umeå and Uppsala have found that residues of the influenza drug Tamiflu in our environment can make the influenza virus in birds resistant. This can have serious consequences in the event of an influenza pandemic. With more t [...]
- Children hospitalized for pneumonia have similar outcomes with big gun antibiotics or penicillin Children hospitalized for pneumonia have similar outcomes with big gun antibiotics or penicillin
Children hospitalized for pneumonia have similar outcomes, including length of stay and costs, regardless of whether they are treated with "big gun" antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or cefotaxime or more narrowly focused antibiotics such as [...]
- Research: Individual alcohol policies can reduce risky drinking Research: Individual alcohol policies can reduce risky drinking
According to a new study, a novel composite measure consisting of 29 alcohol policies demonstrates that a strong alcohol policy environment is a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S.
- Largest-ever immunization campaign under way in the Middle East Largest-ever immunization campaign under way in the Middle East
The largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way this week, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks.
- Children and adults with high-risk ALL benefit from novel, personalized cell therapy Children and adults with high-risk ALL benefit from novel, personalized cell therapy
Nearly 90 percent of children and adults with a highly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia showed no evidence of cancer after receiving a novel, personalized cell therapy that reprograms a patient's immune system. In pilot studi [...]
- Injection-free vaccination technique could address global vaccine challenge for HIV, malaria Injection-free vaccination technique could address global vaccine challenge for HIV, malaria
Scientists have demonstrated the ability to deliver a dried live vaccine to the skin without a traditional needle, and shown for the first time that this technique is powerful enough to enable specialized immune cells in the skin to kick-st [...]
- Researchers pioneer treatment for viral infection common in children Researchers pioneer treatment for viral infection common in children
Researchers have discovered a new way in which a very common childhood disease could be treated. In the first year of life, 65 per cent of babies get infected by Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). This causes bronchiolitis, and is thought t [...]
- Two-step immunotherapy attacks advanced ovarian cancer Two-step immunotherapy attacks advanced ovarian cancer
Most ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed with late stage disease that is unresponsive to existing therapies. In a new study, researchers show that a two-step personalized immunotherapy treatment -- a dendritic cell vaccine using patients' [...]
- Novel pathway for a mucosal TB vaccine Novel pathway for a mucosal TB vaccine
A new pathway for improving vaccines against tuberculosis has been discovered by microbiologists.
- Attitudes toward HPV vaccination for boys Attitudes toward HPV vaccination for boys
A new study has found that low-income and minority parents/guardians were receptive toward vaccinating boys against Human Papilloma Virus. However, racial/ethnic differences emerged in attitudes regarding school-entry mandates.
The Vaccine Times
- CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the Flu Shot CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the Flu Shot
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- Whooping Cough Kills 13 babies in the UK in 2012 Whooping Cough Kills 13 babies in the UK in 2012
13 infants have died of whooping cough in the UK between January 1st and October 31st, 2012, preliminary data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) shows, nearly doubling the number of fatalities from all of 2011. No deaths have been rec [...]
- Whooping Cough kills 23 children in Colombia Whooping Cough kills 23 children in Colombia
So far in 2012, whooping cough has killed 23 children under 5 years of age in Bogota, Colombia, nearly doubling the number of fatalities from last year ( 14 victims ), it is being reported. The majority of the victims has been in children u [...]
- Mom talks about her 4-week-old daughter’s battle with whooping cough Mom talks about her 4-week-old daughter’s battle with whooping cough
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- ABC calls out lazy reporting by other media outlet ABC calls out lazy reporting by other media outlet
In a, what has become rare, example of good health-related journalism, ABC’s Mediawatch has aired a scathing, no-holds-barred critique of the “balanced reporting” many so-called news outlets lazily resort to, in order to a [...]
Vaccine News Daily
- WHO Emergency Committee decides MERS-CoV is not Public Health Emergency WHO Emergency Committee decides MERS-CoV is not Public Health Emergency
TweetThe World Health Organization Emergency Committee said on Wednesday that is has not changed its state of emergency for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus during a teleconference with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. The Me [...]
- Germany donates $800 million to Global Fund Germany donates $800 million to Global Fund
TweetGermany Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Germany would continue to support efforts to defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and that remarkable progress has been made. Her message was sent via videoconference to the White [...]
- PaxVax secures $22 million in funding for cholera vaccine PaxVax secures $22 million in funding for cholera vaccine
TweetPaxVax, Inc., a Menlo Park, California-based vaccine developer, announced on Wednesday that it completed a $22 million financing round, which it will use to fund a clinical trial program for its cholera vaccine candidate. PaxVax will u [...]
- UOSSM urges polio vaccination in Syria’s opposition-controlled areas UOSSM urges polio vaccination in Syria’s opposition-controlled areas
TweetThe Union of the Syrian Medical Relief Organizations asked international agencies on Wednesday to extend their polio vaccination campaign to areas controlled by the opposition in Syria. The UOSSM asked UNICEF and the World Health Organ [...]
- WHO estimates 26 million lives can be saved through immunization efforts WHO estimates 26 million lives can be saved through immunization efforts
TweetThe World Health Organization’s Coordinator for Programme and Impact Monitoring to the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Dr. Thomas Cherian called on Thursday for international government to improve vaccination progr [...]
- Vaccine delivery: the next grand challenge Vaccine delivery: the next grand challenge
Live-saving vaccines can be developed and funding can be found to provide them to the world’s poorest countries. But if the vaccines do not arrive intact and at the right temperature it is all for nothing. Vaccine transport is no easy [...]
- Who should have the flu vaccine – and why Who should have the flu vaccine – and why
Every year, millions of people contact seasonal influenza. For most, it’s a very unpleasant experience from which they recover well. It disrupts family and work life – some suffer weeks or months of fatigue before returning to f [...]
- Cancer in developing countries: the role of vaccines Cancer in developing countries: the role of vaccines
When I was in charge of the Expanded Program on Immunization in Ghana, I saw the urgent need to make girls and women’s health a priority. Cervical cancer now kills as many women as childbirth, claiming a life every two minutes in some [...]
- The Choice Not To Vaccinate Doesn’t Only Affect You! The Choice Not To Vaccinate Doesn’t Only Affect You!
There’s something very scary happening in our world today. Well, there’s many scary things, but what I’m going to talk about is that vaccination rates are dipping. In Canada in the spring of 2013 our immunisation rate was [...]
- Prevention pays Prevention pays
Public budgets are under pressure across Europe, leading some countries to pare back on preventative health spending. But investing in prevention can reap significant savings in the long run. Dr Mark Connolly of Global Market Access Solutio [...]