Researchers found and tested a prototype of a universal flu vaccine. The first results on animals are good.
Scientists worked with a piece of viral protein so it can teach immune systems to fight groups of viruses rather than just a single strain.
As we all know, the real issue with flu comes from its mutations. It explains why the vaccine may not be so protective against seasonal flu as the virus can change.
It is probably the beginning of a new era of hope because flu kills.
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This New York Times article takes a step back on childhood immunizations and gives us an overview of the diseases and complications that could be avoided with vaccines.
As most of us already know, vaccines are probably one of the most important health and lifesaving advances of the last century. However, misinformation and scaremongering is damaging the perception and the adoption of that innovation.
When too many people opt out of immunizing, outbreaks of preventable diseases happen, with sometimes deadly consequences for some.
Childhood diseases could lead to serious complications doubled by debilitating infections.
It’s a shame not to use all the available technology to protect us and our loved ones from potentially deadly diseases. It’s like riding a motorbike without helmet.
Who would do it today?
History of Vaccines
Understanding Vaccines – Public Health
Vaccines & Immunizations – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vaccines.gov – US Government
Vaccines & Autism – Science-Based Medicine
Australia takes a stand against anti-vaxxers with a proposed $11,000 penalty – Quartz – September 2015
732,000: American Lives Saved by Vaccination – The New York Times – September 2015
U.S. vaccination rates high, but pockets of unvaccinated pose risk – Reuters – August 2015
Here’s How the Anti-Vaxxers’ Strongest Argument Falls Apart – TIME – August 2015
Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes – WHO – August 2015
How This South Dakota Nurse Convinced A Religious Community To Vaccinate – Huffpost – August 2015
Vaccine Safety: Examine the Evidence – American Academy of Pediatrics – April 2013
The proposed laws have been introduced in statehouses by both Democrats and Republicans and include a range of approaches, from requiring schools to post immunization rates to entirely eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions.
The year’s largest measles outbreak has been traced to Disneyland in Anaheim, California where visitors were exposed to the disease in mid-December. The vast majority of cases have been in that state, which allows both philosophical and religious exemptions.
In all, 10 of the 17 states with reported measles cases have allowed parents to opt out of vaccines on philosophical grounds, creating a far easier way out of immunizations than states that only exempt families with extensively documented religious objections or health conditions that preclude vaccinations. Read more What is measle?