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Shingles Vaccine is the Silver Lining of Turning 50

After watching both my 73-year-old mother and my 18-year-old daughter suffer with shingles, I would do almost anything to avoid it. And last year, when a new and more...


What Your Dentist Should Be Telling You About Oral Cancer and HPV

During Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the year, the dental community has a responsibility to help educate the public about the association between HPV and many oral cancers....


How Flu Strains are Selected for the Seasonal Flu Vaccine Each Year

Did you ever wonder how the flu strains are selected for the seasonal vaccine every year? A lot more goes into the decision than you might think!


Updates from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices February Meeting

The February meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) included presentation pertaining to several different diseases and vaccines, to include hepatitis A and B, influenza, HPV, pneumococcal...


Meningitis B and Your College Student: Preventing the Call

Emily was a college student when she called home complaining of a headache - 36 hours later she passed away due to serogroup B meningococcal disease, but her organ...


Most Popular Posts of 2017 Address Flu, Vaccine Safety, Disease Outbreaks and Maternal Vaccines

In these final days of 2017, we hope you will revisit the top ten posts from the past year and share them with others in your social networks.  They address such pressing...


Flu Vaccine Benefits Go Beyond Effectiveness of One Strain

There seems to be a lot of speculation recently about how effective the influenza (flu) vaccine will be at preventing cases of influenza this season. It's important to understand...


Vaccine Hesitancy Often Tied to Moral Foundations of Liberty and Purity

Recent behavioral research suggests that there is often a moral difference between people who accept vaccines and people who refuse them.  Parents who are most reluctant to vaccinate appear...


How One Man is Credited With Saving 8 Million Lives a Year  

Hailed as one of the world’s greatest scientists, Dr. Hilleman helped develop 9 of the 14 routinely recommended vaccines in the U.S. And in 1957, he was the first...


Flu Vaccination is a Team Sport

It’s great when individuals get vaccinated. In fact, the CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older.  But flu vaccination is not just about us as...