Thursday August 17, 2017
At some point in their lifetime, one in three Americans will get shingles, a very painful reactivation of the chickenpox virus. It generally lasts for at least a month, and can even develop into a longer-term condition called post-herpetic neuralgia, in which the sensation of burning and aching, as well as sensitivity to touch, can continue for years.
Thursday August 10, 2017
Hurray for pregnant women and their doctors! At a time when much of the immunization news seems to be about people rejecting vaccines—and outbreaks caused by low vaccination rates—expectant mothers are trending in the opposite direction and thinking smart about protecting their babies.
Research has shown that newborn babies receive protection from whooping cough if their mothers get the Tdap booster vaccine during pregnancy, according to the CDC.
Thursday August 3, 2017
As bad as the Minnesota measles outbreak has been, it is dwarfed by the tragic situation in Europe. A July report by the World Health Organization points out that 3,300 Italians have caught measles over the past 12 months, and one 6-year-old boy died.Another child died in Germany, one in Portugal. And in Romania, where the medical system is not as sophisticated as in the other three countries, 31 children died of measles.
Tuesday August 1, 2017
The academic year hasn’t even started and already several students at the University of Texas at Austin have been stricken with the mumps. Those are just the most recent cases; this year, there have been outbreaks at various public schools throughout the state.
Thursday July 27, 2017
Scientists already know a great deal about the remarkable ways in which vaccines save lives and prevent suffering. But even they can sometimes be surprised by the benefits of immunization.
Take the measles vaccine, for example. (We wish more people would, to prevent the kinds of outbreaks that sent dozens of children in Minneapolis to the hospital recently.) According to a 2013 article in New Scientist, the added benefits of the vaccine can be mighty.