Oct 242011
Medical News Today: Flu Vaccine Protects Pregnant Woman's Baby And Does Not Cause Miscarriage

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT MEDICAL NEWS TODAY Apart from protecting a newborn infant from flu for four months, the flu vaccine does not raise the risk of miscarriage, Kathleen Neuzil, MD, member of the Infectious Disease Society of America’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force explained at their 49th Annual Meeting. Various presentations at the meeting are showing that pregnant mothers are getting the message not only about the flu shot’s importance, but also its safety. A newborn whose mother was not vaccinated is particularly vulnerable to flu because he/she is more likely not to be born with protective immunity and cannot be ———->FULL ARTICLE

Aug 132011
Universal Flu Vaccine Another Step Closer, But Still Far

On the Apr-Jun 2011 issue of  The Vaccine Times we reported on a new flu shot being tested which could do away with our need for yearly flu shots.  The vaccine candidate, called VAX102 is based on an antibody called F16 which can target a common protein shared by all Influenza A viruses which are the most virulent and the most prone to mutation influenza viruses. Recently U.S. scientists are reporting the finding of a new antibody which can tackle 30 of the 36 known strains of H1N1 (a virus of the A type) flu virus. The newly discovered antibody, ———->FULL ARTICLE

Jul 192011
Flu vaccine for 2011-2012 season approved by the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met in February to review data to determine the composition of the 2011-2012 season flu vaccine. Based on this review, the FDA recommended that this upcoming season’s vaccine contain the following three strains: an A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus; * an A/Perth /16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.         *A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus is the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus. This composition is identical to last season’s flu vaccine composition. This might mean that some healthy people may not need to take it this year, if they took last year’s shot. However, that needs to be determined ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 222011

Vaccine safety is one of the major areas of  concern of the anti-vaccination crowd.  Guillan-Barre syndrome is a subset of said concern; it is feared that some vaccines might increase the incidence rate. It appears the science-based evidence is a bit unclear on the issue. Luckily this is being followed closely by scientists all over the world. One such group of scientists recently published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine which addresses the concern. Safety of Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccine in Postmarketing Surveillance in China Xiao-Feng Liang, M.D., Li Li, M.D., Ph.D., Da-Wei Liu, M.D., Ke-Li Li, ———->FULL ARTICLE

The Flu Vaccine and Narcolepsy

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Feb 092011

READ THE FULL ENTRY AT SCIENCE BASED MEDICINE Last year it was reported that there was a possible increase in narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness, in children who had received the Pandemrix brand of H1N1 flu vaccine in Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. However a review of the data did not find a convincing connection, although concluded there was insufficient data at present and recommended further surveillance. A narcolepsy task force was formed in Finland, and now we have their preliminary report. They conclude that the evidence suggests there is a connection: Based on the preliminary analyses, the ———->FULL ARTICLE

Dec 142010

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NEUROLOGICA H1N1 Vaccine and Miscarriages But back to the main story – Adams and other anti-vaccine cranks have been claiming that the H1N1 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage (loss of a child prior to 20 weeks) and still birth (loss after 20 weeks) – collectively called spontaneous abortions. This claim is not based upon any scientific data, however. Adams based the Natural News article (actually written by staff writer Ethan Huff) on this report by the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW). This article is also not a scientific report, but ———->FULL ARTICLE

Oct 202010
Everything you ought to know about the flu

Well, not exactly everything, but a lot. What is “the flu”? Influenza, or “the flu” is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu appears most frequently in winter and early spring. The flu virus attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract. There are 3 types of flu viruses, A, B and C which can cause the flu, and new strains (especially the A type) evolve every few years. Type A viruses are responsible for major flu epidemics every few years. Type B is less common and generally results in milder ———->FULL ARTICLE