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National Immunization Awareness Month

By | August 9th, 2013|Prevention|

National Immunization Awareness Month gives us a great opportunity to talk about the need to improve national immunization coverage levels.  Vaccine-preventable diseases are becoming increasingly rare in the US because vaccines are effective, but that doesn’t mean we should stop vaccinating.  Even though most infants and toddlers have received all recommended vaccines by age 2, there [...]

A New Kind of Whooping Cough?

By | March 28th, 2012|Preparedness, Prevention|

  A team of Aussie scientists  from the U of New South Wales believe that a new kind of Whooping Cough bacteria (Bordetella pertussis) has slipped past the protective effects from the current “acellular” vaccine- contributing to an increase in cases being found Down Under.  Their study was published this week in the latest The Journal of Infectious [...]

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Run with the Herd

By | September 30th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Pretty much everybody knows that getting an annual influenza vaccine protects them from getting influenza- but fewer people realize that getting vaccinated saves other people’s lives as well.  That’s because if a large percentage of the population takes advantage of the vaccine (called herd immunity) we can reduce the overall spread of the disease- and save [...]

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