TIP Talk

Tuesday June 11, 2019

A special caution on measles if you're traveling this summer

The World Health Organization reported last month that Europe experienced 34,000 measles cases in just the first two months of this year. Of those, 25,000 cases were in Ukraine, and 13 people died of the disease. But outbreaks have afflicted other nations on the continent as well. Germany has seen more than 300 cases so far this year and there is enough alarm that the prime minister has proposed a hefty fine on parents who fail to vaccinate against the disease.

Tuesday June 4, 2019

Help ensure a fun, healthy summer camp experience with vaccines

The measles outbreaks across the nation have brought new urgency to the health preparations you should make for your child to attend summer camp. Children will be living in close quarters, and at sleepaway camp, they’ll be doing that 24/7, sharing bunk houses, eating areas, sporting gear and art supplies. Even if your child walks into a room an hour or two after a measles-infected child has been there, that’s enough exposure for this highly contagious disease to take hold.

Friday May 31, 2019

U.S. could lose its status as a measles terminator

It was a proud moment for our nation. The year 2000 didn't just mark a new century and millennium. It was also the year when measles was declared eliminated from the United States, a goal the country had been working toward for 34 years. But now we are in danger of losing that designation.

Wednesday May 29, 2019

Study finds increase in shingles of the eye

There’s some good news for people who have been frustrated trying to get the newer, far more effective vaccine against shingles: The manufacturer announced last month that it was investing $100 million in its manufacturing facility in Montana to help increase its ability to produce the vaccine. In addition, earlier this year it obtained permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use a site in France to help boost production.

Sunday May 19, 2019

What can be done about continued hepatitis A outbreaks?

The disturbing outbreaks of hepatitis A across the nation have sadly not abated this year. Arizona has experienced more than 250 cases this year. The Alabama Public Health Department confirmed close to 80 cases in that state earlier this month. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports more than 50 cases in that state, most of them in a single county.

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