Vaccinations

1:49pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Girls Vaccinated For HPV Not More Likely To Be Sexually Active

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 12:49 pm

An 18-year-old girl winces as she has her third and final shot of the HPV vaccine.
John Amis AP

Giving the human papillomavirus vaccine to teenage girls doesn't increase the likelihood that they will be sexually active, according to a new study.

That may help put parents at ease; the notion of vaccinating 11- and 12-year-old girls for a sexually transmitted virus has made some uncomfortable, and is one reason why only a little more than half of teenage girls have had the vaccine.

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1:29pm

Fri September 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

On The Road To Polio Eradication In Pakistan

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 2:43 pm

NPR's Jackie Northam travels through the urban slums of Lahore, Pakistan, with Omer Feroze, a "social mobilizer," who works on polio vaccine campaigns.
NPR

As one of the last three countries in the world where polio is still endemic, Pakistan has launched an aggressive campaign to eradicate the virus.

It's had good results in many places, but just last week health officials say they discovered three new cases, which they deem a serious setback in their eradication efforts.

Getting the polio vaccine to children in urban slums is a huge challenge for health workers, who face many physical and social barriers.

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8:10am

Fri September 14, 2012
The Salt

How African Cattle Herders Wiped Out An Ancient Plague

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:45 pm

Scientist Robert Koch holding a post-mortem on an ox thought to have died of rinderpest, circa 1900.
Reinhold Thiele Getty Images

Twice in all of history, humans have managed to eradicate a devastating disease. You've heard of the first one, I suspect: smallpox. But rinderpest?

That's a German word for "cattle plague" a feared companion of cattle throughout history. When outbreaks occurred, as in Europe of the 1700s or Africa in the 1880s, entire herds were wiped out and communities went hungry. Now the disease is gone, eliminated from the face of the earth.

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9:23am

Thu September 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:24 am

Nurse Fatima Guillen (left) gives 4-year-old Kimberly Magdeleno a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

To protect children against whooping cough, doctors recommend five shots of vaccine before they turn 7.

But what happens after that? How long does the protection last?

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10:20am

Tue September 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

More Vaccines Come Without Copays, Unless You're On Medicare

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:31 am

Got Medicare? That vaccination could cost you.
Pamela Moore iStockphoto.com

The health care overhaul law makes it easier for most people with private insurance to get the vaccines they need without going into their pockets for a copay. Medicare beneficiaries don't get the quite same sweet deal, though.

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