When you hear about immunizations, you probably think of children. In fact, some vaccine-preventable illnesses are more prevalent in adults than children, and many vaccines are recommended for various stages of adult life. Childhood vaccines can wear off over time, new vaccines become available and older adults who travel afar may want protection against diseases uncommon in the United States. Moreover, as seniors age, a decline in immunity makes them more susceptible to illnesses like shingles, medical experts say.With the outbreak in measles, the American Medical Association urges adults to get vaccinated against it as the United States battles the most cases since the disease was declared eradicated nearly 20 years ago. "Adult immunization is important," says Dr. Trish Perl, chief of infectious diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "There are a lot of misconceptions. Most vaccines are extremely safe, with no side effects, and they're highly … [Read more...] about Vaccines aren’t just for kids
Kaiser yellow fever vaccine
Over the 40 plus years that I was a family practitioner and teacher (the English word “doctor” derives from the Latin verb docere [do-ke-re] which means “to teach”), I have tried to fulfill what I have regarded as my solemn professional duty to warn my patients (and anybody else who would listen) about the multitude of deceptions and myths that all-too-often come from for-profit sociopathic pharmaceutical corporations (and their hangers-on). Those pesky entities never seem to give up trying to get patients (and us doctors as well) to desperately want to have the next blockbuster drug or vaccine, no matter what the fine print warnings say. Sadly, those always toxic synthetic substances invariably enriches the corporation more than it helps the duped patient. Most of the time I was able to take the time to resist the temptation to blindly prescribe whatever treatment my patient saw on TV the night before, but it did take time. As I have often … [Read more...] about An Honest Look at the Historical Evidence That Debunks the Popular Myth That Says That Vaccines Eliminated Childhood Infectious Diseases
Monday February 18, 2019 07:59 AM Washington eventually chose Germantown as temporary capital. Written by Ron Devlin For a brief period in 1793, President George Washington eyed Reading as a temporary capital of the U.S. At the time, Philadelphia was the nation's capital, and Washington resided there in a mansion at Sixth and Walnut streets. In the summer of 1793, the City of Brotherly Love was hit with an epidemic of yellow fever. It was America's first major yellow fever epidemic. And, it caused a panic in Philadelphia, then the country's most cosmopolitan city. The fever turned the face and eyes yellow and caused bleeding in the stomach. At the time, it was thought to have been caused by rotten vegetables, though it was eventually found to be mosquito-borne. No less a figure than Benjamin Rush, physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, fought the fever that infected 6,000 residents. Most physicians fled the city, but Rush and a handful of others stayed, … [Read more...] about George Washington considered Reading as temporary U.S. capital amid Philadelphia’s yellow fever epidemic
Vaccines are among the most ingenious of inventions, and among the most maddening. Some global killers, like smallpox and polio, have been totally or nearly eradicated by products made with methods dating back to Louis Pasteur. Others, like malaria and HIV, utterly frustrate scientists to this day, despite astonishing new weapons like gene-editing. We have a vaccine for Ebola that protects nearly 100 percent of its recipients, but we are lucky to get a routine flu shot that works half that well. We have children’s vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, chickenpox, polio, hepatitis A and B, rotavirus, pneumococcus, haemophilus influenzae and meningococcal disease. They have changed our expectations of mortality — and of parenthood. In 17th-century England, one-third of all children died before age 15. Today, thanks largely to those vaccines, less than 1 percent of English children do. In tropical countries, there are vaccines against … [Read more...] about Why don’t we have vaccines against everything?
Download logo The Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners started today a vaccination campaign to control the spread of yellow fever in the port city of Pointe Noire and surrounding areas. More than 1 million people from nine months of age are expected to be vaccinated in this six-day campaign. The vaccination campaign uses doses from the global emergency Yellow Fever vaccine stockpile managed by the International Coordination Group on Vaccine Provision (ICG) and funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The ICG coordinates the timely and equitable provision of vaccines during outbreaks and maintains an emergency stockpile of six million doses of yellow fever vaccine, which is continually replenished. Gavi will also cover operational costs for this campaign. The immunization drive is a response to a laboratory-confirmed yellow fever case, which tested positive on 21 August 2018, after visiting a rural area. Since then, no other case has … [Read more...] about The Republic of Congo to vaccinate more than one million people against yellow fever