Flu Vaccinations: Yield Big Benefits

Annual deaths in the U.S. from influenza ranged between 3,000 and 49,000 each year from 1976 to 2007. A significant portion of the sickness and death associated with this common illness could be prevented by immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that during the 2012-1013 flu season, immunizations prevented 79,000 (17%) hospitalizations and 6.6 million…

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Autism and Vaccines

Concerns exist about the risk for autism and childhood vaccinations. However, the Centers for Disease Control have evaluated the association between levels of immunologic stimuli from vaccines during the first 2 years of life and the risk of autism spectrum disease (ASD). Researchers found neither the total number of antigens received during the first years of…

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CDC Recommends on Seasonal Flu

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has now made a strong, "full-out recommendation" that children between 6 months and 18 months receive the seasonal flu vaccine this year. This is in contrast to last year when CDC only "encouraged" the shot for this age group. What about a vaccine for H1N1? Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's center…

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