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Vaccination Expert Insights

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Vaccinations have been an evolutionary process in maintaining immunity from common infectious diseases. All of us as children were required to receive our scheduled immunizations to limit infectious spread and maintain herd immunity. However, slowly over time there has been a paradigm shift in the…
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Case study: A woman with shingles developed postherpetic itch and gave herself brain damage by scratching through the front of her skull. How could this development have been prevented? To learn about this case, read more. 
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Bone marrow transplant patients are living longer than ever, but that longer life expectancy puts them at higher risk of complications due to vaccine-preventable diseases. Ensuring that these patients are revaccinated after transplantation proved challenging at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor…
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Case study: While having his blood sugar levels checked, a patient with diabetes refuses to receive the influenza vaccine because he’s afraid it will give him the flu. What can be done to convince him to get vaccinated? Read more.   
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Kim Janda, PhD, a professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, created a vaccine that blocks the euphoric effects of heroin from reaching pleasure centers in the brain. The vaccine works by exposing an addict’s immune system to part of heroine’s unique molecular…
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You know you’re doing something right when Oprah takes notice. In 2005, the global icon recognized the achievements of Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, in diabetes research as the top health breakthrough by a female scientist. Her groundbreaking work continues today at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH…
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