HEALTHBEAT In defense of flu shots
The assumption has long been that the influenza vaccine works well to prevent flu and that everyone who's eligible to get vaccinated should do so. Thus it was rather a shock when a new study, publishe... Posted on 12/7/11 at 1:30 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND N.D. health officials encourage flu shots
BISMARCKState health officials are encouraging North Dakotans to get an influenza vaccination this fall, saying there are more than enough doses available.
The North Dakota Department of Health and C... Posted on 10/4/10 at 11:32 AM
STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Shoot Me Up
As a result of a vague feeling of guilt, I got my seasonal flu shot today.
The guilt arose from me working on a story about the flu vaccine this afternoon. If I'm going to write an article basically r... Posted on 9/28/09 at 9:33 AM
As the first wave of swine flu vaccine crosses the country, more than a third of parents don’t want their kids vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Some parents say they are concerned about side effects from the new vaccine — even though nothing serious has turned up in tests so far — while others say swine flu doesn’t amount to any greater health threat than seasonal flu.
By Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
, October 08, 2009
The seasonal flu vaccine is temporarily unavailable in the Jamestown area. Along with additional seasonal flu vaccine doses health care officials are also waiting for the H1N1 vaccine. And while the vaccines are unavailable it appears both versions of the flu have made an appearance in the Jamestown area.
Because pregnant women infected with novel H1N1 influenza are more likely to experience severe illness and complications, the North Dakota Department of Health is urging pregnant women to take steps to avoid contracting the flu and to receive prompt treatment if they do become ill.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to start mass vaccinations next month. Limited supplies should start trickling out the first week of October — about a week earlier than expected, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress. Then about 45 million doses should arrive around Oct. 15, followed by more shipments each week.
Federal regulators said Friday that a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine prevents the leading cause of cervical cancer in women, bringing the company one step closer to competing with Merck’s blockbuster Gardasil, which has controlled the U.S. market for three years
Only Virginia and the District of Columbia have moved toward requiring sixth-grade girls to get vaccinated for a potentially cancerous sexually transmitted disease, three years after federal health officials recommended the shots.
By Dena Potter, The Associated Press
, September 01, 2009
A typhoid vaccine proved effective in the slums of India, where it not only helped prevent infection in children who received it, but also those in close contact who were unvaccinated, a new study found.
The findings may bolster the World Health Organization’s push to start vaccine campaigns in poor countries against this often-fatal bacterial disease.
By Alicia Chang, The Associated Press
, July 28, 2009
Not enough people get the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we think more people — especially the young, old and vulnerable — should.
The vaccine is important not only because it keeps people active, healthy and working, but also because it saves lives.
Each year, the flu kills about 36,000 Americans and sends about 200,000 to the hospital.
Far too few Americans get their flu shots each winter, the government is warning as it calls for a record number to line up for inoculations this year — including 30 million more school-age children.
This year promises an ample vaccine supply: 143 million to 146 million doses, more than ever before manufactured.
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, September 25, 2008
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