Fully vaccinating children reduced the risk of hospitalization for complications associated with influenza, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of Negev (BGU), and Clalit Research Institute in Israel and University of Michigan.
The research was conducted by Dr. Hannah Segaloff, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and Prof. Mark Katz of Ben-Gurion University’s department of health management, Faculty of Health Sciences and a senior researcher at the Clalit Institute of General Research. More.
THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Millennials are less likely to have had a flu shot this season and are more likely than other American adults to agree with some false anti-vaccination information, according to a new nationwide survey.
The results also showed that nearly one-third of adults polled don’t plan to get a flu shot and many underestimate how deadly flu can be.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)-commissioned survey of U.S. adults aged 25 to 73 found that 51% haven’t had a flu shot this season, and 32% don’t plan to get one.
When asked a series of factual questions about the flu, 82% answered at least one wrong, and 28% got all of them wrong.
“It is very alarming to see how people are being influenced by the anti-vax movement,” Dr. Alexa Mieses, a family physician in Durham, N.C., said in an AAFP news release.
Millennials — the nation’s largest demographic group, ages 24 to 39 — were least likely to have had a flu shot this season (55%), according to the survey. Of those, 33% don’t plan to get one. Continue.
Let’s not wait til a child dies. Let’s immunize our community now, N.J. public health professionals say
When portions of a community choose not to immunize despite the availability of licensed, safe vaccines, the consequences can be horrifying, five public health officials say. During a seven-month period in 1991, Philadelphia saw 1,400 cases of measles and nine deaths among children.AP
By Megan Avallone
Looking back through modern history, there is no question that one of the greatest scientific achievements, with nearly immeasurable societal benefit, is the development, introduction and global use of vaccines.
By any account, literally hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved and millions more have been spared awful, debilitating disease in this country, alone, due to the prescient work of scientists, medical practitioners and public health professionals. Perhaps, most dramatically, vaccines have – through distribution, education and consistent legislation – virtually eliminated the widespread risk of childhood preventable diseases in particular. Finish reading the article here.
Vaccines prevent diseases, and being unvaccinated carries a risk. Last year, the World Health Organization ranked vaccine hesitancy, a “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines,” among the top 10 health threats worldwide, alongside Ebola, H.I.V. and drug-resistant infections.
To state it bluntly, being unvaccinated can result in illness or death. Vaccines, in contrast, are extremely unlikely to lead to side effects, even minor ones like fainting. Read the rest of the opinion
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenzalike illness rose from 3.9% to 5.1% during the week ending December 21 in the United States ― 8 weeks earlier than last season, when it peaked at 5.1% during the week ending February 16 (week 7), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At least 2100 have died so far this season, including 22 children. The number of children who have died from influenza and pneumonia is twice as high as it was last season at this time.
An estimated 4.6 million have been sickened by influenzalike illness, with 39,000 hospitalizations
Health officials have warned passengers who passed through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Denver International Airport last Wednesday that they may have been exposed to measles.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement that three infectious, non-residents with measles travelled through LAX. Visitors to the airport may have come in contact with an infectious person at Terminals 4 and 5 on December 11, between 6:50 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
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Amid a growing battle over vaccine choice, New Jersey lawmakers seem poised to advance a measure Thursday that would only allow schoolchildren to be exempted from immunization requirements for medical reasons, eliminating the “religious exemption” now on the books.
A controversial Senate bill to significantly restrict these religious exemptions was apparently amended late Wednesday to align with an Assembly version that strikes this option entirely, according to a draft shared with NJ Spotlight, meaning kids would need a doctor’s note to attend class without first getting these shots. Roughly 30,000 children requested some form of exemption this year, according to the state.
The proposal is scheduled for a vote Thursday in the Senate health committee, where it is expected to be approved — although some usual members may be replaced for the hearing by other lawmakers to ensure the legislation has sufficient support; the bill is also listed on the agenda for a full Senate vote on Monday. Advocates for and against the measure plan to show up in force Thursday for what is likely to be a raucous and emotional hearing.
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An alleged anti-vaxxer has been charged with “incitement against the government vaccination order,” the Samoan government said Thursday.
Children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years are particularly vulnerable to measles.
Many young children traveling abroad aren’t receiving the vaccines they need to protect them from measles, a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics finds.
Kids are more likely to be exposed to measles when traveling internationally than when they are at home in the United State, said study co-author Dr. Emily Hyle, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Worldwide, measles cases have risen steadily in recent years. More HERE.