Mar 062012
126 Children Victims of Measles in Yemen

Tragic news reach us from Yemen: at least 126 children have died from measles since mid-2011 due to a breakdown in basic health services as a consequence of political troubles. The Yemeni government has asked for international assistance with a vaccination campaign that will begin in the hardest-hit regions in early March. The latest numbers (February 2012) show a total of 3,767 confirmed cases resulting in 126 deaths, since mid-2011, for a death rate of 1 in 30 infected. 70% of infections, and all of the 126 deaths, were in children under 5 years of age,  an age-group group that is ———->FULL ARTICLE

Flash News – 09/28/11

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Sep 282011
Flash News - 09/28/11

I haven’t done one of these Flash News items in a while; I apologize for dropping the ball on this one, and I will try to be more persistent in the future. MMR uptake rates increasing in the UK –  The MMR vaccine uptake rates took a beating after the 1998 autism-MMR scare whipped up by Andrew Wakefield. Thankfully, the rates of vaccination have been slowly moving up. The latest news shows that in 2010/11, 89.1% of children in England had received at least one dose of the MMR vaccine by their second birthday, compared with 88.2% in 2009/10 and ———->FULL ARTICLE

Sep 062011
Vaccine Preventable Suffering - Mahi Abdallah

Little Mahi is very unlucky: he nearly died of measles. He contracted measles while traveling overseas. He was not vaccinated due to his young age. He was 9 months when his family left for Kenya. Although Mahi’s parents intended to get him vaccinated on time according to the recommended schedule, they didn’t know that although the first shot of the MMR vaccine isn’t given until 12 months, for overseas travelers different rules apply. Mahi should have been given a vaccine prior to his trip to Kenya. His chances of getting the disease would have been slashed by over 90% if ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 302011
Minnesota Measles Outbreak Update

A Measles outbreak is underway in Minnesota. As of 03/30/11 there have been 14 cases, 11 unvaccinated and 3 unknonwn, of the disease, as reported by the Department of Health of Minnesota. Situation Update (3/30/11) There have been 14 confirmed cases of measles reported in Minnesota. Thirteen of the cases have been linked to a case that acquired infection in Kenya and one case acquired infection in Florida. Cases have ranged in age from 4 months to 51 years old. Five of the cases were too young to receive vaccine, six were of age but were not vaccinated, and three ———->FULL ARTICLE

Sep 132010

The MMRV vaccine is a combination vaccine, which combines the MMR vaccine and the Varicella vaccine in a single dose. The MMR vaccine itself is a combination vaccine, providing protection from Measles, Mumps and Rubella. A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that the risk for febrile seizures, in the 7-10 day period following receipt of the MMRV vaccine, is twice as big as compared to receiving separate MMR & Varicella vaccines in the same day, for children 12-23 months of age. Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella Combination Vaccine and the Risk of Febrile Seizures Nicola P. Klein, Bruce Fireman, W. Katherine ———->FULL ARTICLE

May 122010

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT AAFP.ORG Physicians who provide care for children should be aware that the CDC has published updated recommendations for vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. The recommendations, which have been adopted by the AAFP, offer clinicians insight into the preferred use of combination measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, or MMRV, vaccine versus use of MMR vaccine plus varicella vaccine. “We have two very good options,” said Jonathan Temte, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, and chair of the ACIP MMRV Vaccine Safety Workgroup. “There are some known, ———->FULL ARTICLE

May 082010

The question of safety is the main vaccine concern. Are vaccines safe? If I vaccinate my child, will that have negative effects for their health? Of course, these questions are extremely broad to be answered all at once. Thus I will be breaking the answers in little bits. Today we will look at the MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccine and autism. Is the MMR vaccine correlated with autism? A quick PubMed search found this study from the June 12, 1999 Lancet (the same journal that originally published and recently retracted the Wakefield study that is widely credited with starting ———->FULL ARTICLE