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Flu Vaccine Rates Lower Than Desired
For years, health officials have been aiming to increase rates of flu vaccination across the US each flu season. While new data shows that more and more people seem to be getting vaccinated, the rates of the increases are slower than desired.
A Flu Shot for the Heart
The main purpose of the flu vaccine is to protect against influenza. But it may offer other benefits as well.
Vaccinated Teens May Protect Babies
A baby who catches whooping cough often requires hospitalization. Only babies over 2 months old can receive the vaccine for this illness. But if many others in the community are vaccinated against the disease, that may help protect these young babies from it.
Vaccine Fever Risk Depends on Age
One of the side effects that a child may experience after receiving a vaccination is fever. In very rare cases, a high fever can lead to a frightening but non-harmful seizure.
No Worries for the HPV Vaccine
One of the only vaccines that is known to prevent some forms of cancer is the HPV vaccine. Those who might worry about its safety have no reason to fear.
New Malaria Vaccine Shows Potential
Malaria is an international problem and, as of yet, no successful vaccine for this mosquito-borne illness has been developed. Preliminary results for a new vaccine show that the situation might be changing.
Fewer Chickenpox Cases in American Houses
Chickenpox was once a disease that nearly all children caught and some children even died from. Now most children receive the chickenpox vaccine.
Egg Allergies? Fear Not the Flu Shot
Everyone is urged to get a flu shot, but what should you do if an allergy might interact with the vaccine? Risk the flu or risk the allergic reaction? For many patients, these concerns have now been addressed.
Finding the Right Time for Vaccination
One thing that seems to be important for many people when choosing to get vaccinated is convenience, according to a new study.
Refusing Vaccines Contributes to Outbreaks
More than 9,000 people contracted whooping cough in California in 2010. It was the worst outbreak of the disease, also called pertussis, since 1947 in that state.