Category Archives: Vaccination

The cost of heath care for vaccine preventable diseases

A recent study stated that total cost to the U.S. health care system for vaccine treatable diseases was estimated to be almost 9 billion dollars,  just for 2015 alone. The study also estimated that over 7 billion dollars of that cost was … Continue reading

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They may be winning a flu war…

Recent information out about the vaccine created to the pandemic 2009 H1N1 flu (H1N1pdm) shows that the vaccine may be able to prevent a number of different flu strains (specifically tested were H5N1 and H3N2). What scientists have been aiming for … Continue reading

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Increasing whooping cough….

There was a report out yesterday that the cases of whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis) in Minnesota have doubled from last month and by May, have exceeded all cases reported there last year. There have been 700 cases so far this … Continue reading

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Rabid Moose?

Twelve people were vaccinated after exposure to a rabid moose. This is the first time I have ever seen the report of a rabid moose. That is a lot of rabid. And this also just goes to show that rabies … Continue reading

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Herd immunity and vaccine problems.

I know I post about this all the time, but it impacts our lives in so many ways. Vaccines help protect the helpless. Children under the age of one year old are too young to be vaccinated by the MMR … Continue reading

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The flu and narcolepsy!?! Seriousl….zzzzzzzz

There was a suspicion/ link made at one point that  swine flu vaccines were causing some individuals to have the disease narcolepsy. From the NIH : sleep episodes can occur at any time. People may unwillingly fall asleep while at work … Continue reading

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Let’s follow the tracks…

They are bracing for a possible outbreak of measles in Queensland, Australia. Why? A man walked into a hospital in Brisbane on Wednesday the 26th with symptoms of measles. Symptoms of measles from the CDC: Measles causes fever, runny nose, … Continue reading

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Measles can kill

Because of the efficacy of the MMR vaccine (Measles/Mumps/Rubella), people in this country have forgotten how devastating an infection with measles can be. According to the CDC: About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to … Continue reading

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Tragedy makes a point

My heart broke last week when I was going through my email. A ProMED alert informed me that an infant in Washington State just died from whooping cough. Whooping cough is one of the most preventable diseases in the United … Continue reading

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Whooping cough and boosters…

California has seen a doubling of whooping cough infections in the first three months of this year as compared to what was seen in 2009 (219 vs 119, respectively).  There have been two deaths of infants from the infection already … Continue reading

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