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No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

Combination vaccines mean kids need fewer injections overall. By adding several antigens (the part of the germ that stimulates the immune system) together in one vaccine, we can protect kids against up to six diseases in a few shots.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

CDC reminds travelers to Europe: Protect against measles

With the peak summer travel season under way, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding travelers to Europe and other global destinations to take steps to protect themselves against measles amid outbreaks of the disease.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

85% of Washington state kindergartners are immunized

The Washington State Department of Health for the 2016-2017 school year, 85 percent of kindergartners had received the required vaccinations to start school Nearly 5 percent of kindergartners have an exemption or waiver from immunizations on file for a medical, personal, or religious reason.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Health officials in Minnesota are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children. Officials have identified 34 cases as of Wednesday, and they’re worried there will be more.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
In ‘Stealth Move,’ a state refines vaccine waivers, Improves rate among kids

In ‘Stealth Move,’ a state refines vaccine waivers, Improves rate among kids

Michigan’s experience demonstrates a way for governments to increase immunization rates without having to address religious or philosophical opposition to vaccines.

April 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
New vaccine recommendation cuts number of HPV shots children need

New vaccine recommendation cuts number of HPV shots children need

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News You’d think that a vaccine that protects people against more than a half-dozen types of cancer would have people lining up to get it. But the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which can prevent roughly 90 percent of all cervical cancers as well as other cancers and sexually transmitted infections […]

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mumps continue to spread in King County

Mumps continue to spread in King County

Mumps continue to spread in King County: Know the symptoms By Hilary N. Karasz Public Health – Seattle & King County There have been 196 cases of mumps reported in King County since the beginning of the outbreak in late November, with the vast majority of cases in the Auburn area. The number of mumps cases across the state has risen […]

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine

Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine

By Ian Setliff, Ph.D. Student, Program in Chemical & Physical Biology aand Amyn Murji, Ph.D. Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Number of mumps cases in Washington state nears 300

Number of mumps cases in Washington state nears 300

Update on the Mumps outbreak in Washington State From the Washington State Department of Health. The Washington State Department of Health reports that the number of mumps cases in the state’s current outbreak has risen to 278. Health officials are urging people across the state to take precautions to help stop the spread of mumps […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

  By Uma Malhotra, MD Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist Virginia Mason Medical Center Just weeks into the flu season and we have already reached “epidemic” levels in Washington state, with dozens of flu-related deaths reported. Patients are flooding emergency departments in western Washington, complaining of flu symptoms. Around King County, the number of […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More