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    August is National Immunization Awareness Month

    Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2011 11:28:43 AM

    With students getting ready to go back to school, and the upcoming flu season fast approaching, August marks the annual observance of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).

    The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations, and to reach the thousands of people in the U.S.  and the hundreds of thousands around the world who go unprotected from vaccine-preventable diseases that claim the lives of countless people each year. It has been proven that the best defense against contracting common viruses and diseases is for both children and adults to be immunized. In addition, a healthier population reduces healthcare costs, and results in fewer missed work and school days.

    5 Key Reasons to Support Immunization Programs:

    1. Immunization Saves Lives
    Immunization saves more than 3 million lives worldwide each year, and it saves millions more from suffering illness and lifelong disability.

    Global distribution of the 1.4 million annual deaths caused by vaccine-preventable (WHO)
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    Topics: influenza, National Immunization Awareness Month, NIAM, vaccine, immunization, Infectious Disease, infectious disease

    Hepatitis C Vaccine on the Horizon

    Posted by admin on Mar 7, 2011 12:28:10 PM

    A new vaccine being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark may reduce the number of positive hepatitis C tests in the future. They are reporting one of the first successful trials in inoculating animals against the disease.

    The hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects at least 170 million people worldwide and about 4 million people in the United States. It is a big public health problem because most acute hepatitis C infections become chronic which can lead to further liver problems like cirrhosis and cancer.

    "The hepatitis C virus (HCV) has the same infection pathways as HIV," says Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, Associate Professor of Infection Immunology at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

    "Approximately one newly infected patient in five has an immune system capable of defeating an acute HCV infection in the first six months. But most cases do not present any symptoms at all and the virus becomes a chronic infection of the liver."

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    Topics: research, Prescribing, vaccine, hepatitis, immunization, Infectious Disease

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