As Oliver Hardy often said to Stan Laurel, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into! We wonder if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is thinking the same about the FDA. Because in order to protect students at Princeton University from a particular strain of bacterial meningitis, the CDC had to get special permission from the FDA to import Novartis Bexsero from Europe and Australia. Bexsero is the only vaccine that is effective against the strain (serotype B) that is causing trouble at Princeton. Why was this necessary? Because the FDA has not approved the vaccine in the U.S.
Although the norovirus (aka stomach flu) is rarely fatal you might wish that it was fatal when you have it. But help is on the way.
Over the past few decades Americans have been subjected to numerous outbreaks of food-borne illness from bacterial contamination. One of the most problematic causes has been E. coli O157:H7, which produces a potent toxin that can severely damage kidneys and cause death.
We at ACSH are happy to give a shout-out to Sheila M. Eldred, whose August op-ed on Discovery.com reflects what we have been screaming for years that the failure to have children vaccinated is a terrible mistake that is caused by a number of factors.
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Childhood contagions, such as measles, polio, meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough) can threaten the lives of people from all economic backgrounds.
It s nice to know that there are others out there who are presenting ACSH s opinion
We at ACSH are heartened to know that America has gotten a little safer this week. Self-proclaimed vaccine expert Jenny McCarthy will soon become a co-host on The View, where she will no doubt be sharing her medical acumen with millions of people who will devour every word.
Here s more good news on the vaccine front. Prevnar the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, meaning it protects against seven different strains of the bug
A very large retrospective analysis performed by researchers affiliated with Kaiser-Permanente Northern California (KPNC) has confirmed what numerous prior studies have shown: there is no discernible link between influenza vaccine and the neurological condition, Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS).
It is generally regarded as the single most infectious agent on earth. And although it probably won’t kill you, if you are unfortunate enough to catch it, you may wish that it would. But norovirus, also known as the “stomach flu” and “the cruise ship virus,” may have finally met its match. At present, there [...] The post Giving norovirus the heave ho appeared first on Health & Science Dispatch.
If you need another reminder about the importance of vaccinations, just look to the events of this past weekend. A Wisconsin college student and a Los Angeles man died of meningitis, and the New York City Department of Health issued an alert stating that five measles cases occurred in Borough Park, Brooklyn this past month in children who had not been vaccinated. They also followed up saying that a large number of exposures occurred throughout the community and more cases are expected.