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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee On Immunization Practices has released the 2020 recommended immunization schedule for adults. The schedule has also been approved by the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine can be substituted for the tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine in situations where only Td vaccine had been recommended previously, according to updated…
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By Reuters Staff PARIS (Reuters) - France's Pasteur Institute Foundation said on Friday it had set up a taskforce aimed at developing a vaccine against the coronavirus in 20 months. The United States, Japan and others tightened travel curbs to virus-hit China while businesses struggled with…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The VXA-A1.1 oral influenza vaccine was well tolerated and provided protective immunity against virus shedding similar to that of intramuscular inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV), in a phase II trial. "An oral influenza vaccine would make a big impact…
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have updated guidance regarding the use of the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. They now state that the Tdap vaccine is appropriate in situations…
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The predominance of A(H3N2) clade 3C.3a viruses during the latter part of the 2018-2019 influenza season was associated with a decrease in vaccine effectiveness, according to results of a new study. According to the study authors, the findings support the A(H3N2) vaccine component update for the…
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The influenza vaccine is modestly effective for reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations among older individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to results of a new study. To assess for influenza vaccine effectiveness among community-dwelling…
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly half of the flu-related hospitalizations during the 2019-2020 influenza season so far have been associated with influenza B infections. Specifically, influenza B/Victoria viruses have been the most frequently reported…
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Authors of a new study have used their findings to develop a clinical decision guideline for influenza testing. The guideline was formulated in an effort to aid clinicians in determining which adult emergency department (ED) patients, who are eligible to receive antiviral treatment, should be…
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By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study from Europe provides estimates of the likely benefits of adding oseltamivir to usual care for patients with influenza-like illness. According to the study, patients who take oseltamivir recover one day sooner on average than those who don't.…
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