Nov 26, 2019 3-5PM ET
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Pregnant women may not have safety risks with common travel vaccines Many common travel vaccines don’t have known safety risks for pregnant women, although a research review also suggests that evidence is limited for some inoculations. Researchers examined data from trials of common travel vaccines and found high quality evidence that two – the flu vaccine and the Tdap vaccine (against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) – are safe for pregnant women and their babies. Beyond these two vaccines, researchers found moderate or low quality evidence that there are no safety issues with several other common travel vaccines: meningococcus; yellow fever; rubella; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; rabies; and polio. “Overwhelming evidence supports the safety of influenza and Tdap vaccines during pregnancy,” lead study author Dr. Roni Nasser of Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, and colleagues write. “It is likely that other vaccines, including the live attenuated yellow fever, meningococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies vaccines are also safe,” Nasser and colleagues write. “For other vaccines, such as MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), typhoid, polio, Japanese encephalitis, and tick- borne encephalitis vaccines, no safety data during pregnancy are available.”
Most states make it difficult for children to get a flu shot When adults want a flu shot, they have two choices: go to the doctor or go to a pharmacy. But in most states, laws prevent parents from just walking into a pharmacy and getting their children vaccinated for the flu. Public health experts say that’s costing children’s lives. “Parents should have no barriers whatsoever to getting a flu shot,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. “It’s what we’d call a no-brainer.” Currently, 40% of children don’t get a flu vaccine, and public health authorities are keen to change that. Flu kills children every year; last year, 143 children lost their lives to the flu. Another reason to get children vaccinated: With their less than ideal hygiene, they’re powerful at spreading the flu to others. Pharmacies are an attractive alternative for many busy parents, since they have evening and weekend hours, and there’s no need for an appointment. But three states — Florida, Connecticut and Vermont — don’t allow children to be vaccinated in pharmacies, and another 30 states have restrictions based on the child’s age.
Communication Interrupted: Why Does One in Twelve U.S. Children Have a Communication Disorder? Witnessing and participating in a baby’s acquisition of language is one of the most delightful chapters of parenthood. For most children, the progression from babbling to words to simple phrases unfolds seamlessly within the first two to three years, and by five years of age, they are able to use adult grammar and tell stories. However, a growing subset of American children suffers from speech delays or other language difficulties that are cheating families out of sharing these exciting milestones and the children of their potential for a full and productive life. According to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), nearly 8% of children aged 3-17 had, in the previous year, one or more communication disorders, defined by the CDC as problems with speech, language, voice or swallowing. Of the four categories, problems with speech (stuttering or difficulty making correct sounds) and language (difficulty learning, using or understanding words or sentences) were by far the most frequent communication disorders. Among those with communication disorders, fully a third of younger children and a fourth of preteens and adolescents had multiple communication disorders. The NHIS also confirmed what study after study has shown—that male sex is a strong risk factor for communication, language and speech impairments. Communication disorders were present in 9.6% of boys who participated in the NHIS versus 5.7% of girls.
German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinations Germany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, in response to a global rise in cases of the disease. Parents who refuse to get their children inoculated face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,140) and a likely ban from nursery or school. The measles protection act will come into force next March, and its introduction is likely to be watched closely by advocates of mandatory immunisation in other countries, including Britain. The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, said in September the government was “looking very seriously” at making vaccinations compulsory for state school pupils. The Bundestag approved the law on Thursday after months of debate, with doctors speaking out both in favour of and against the legislation. The health ministry, led by Jens Spahn, described the law as “child protection” and said those who backed it were expressing a responsibility towards the whole of society.
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More polio cases now caused by vaccine than by wild virus Four African countries have reported new cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine, as global health numbers show there are now more children being paralyzed by viruses originating in vaccines than in the wild. In a report late last week, the World Health Organization and partners noted nine new polio cases caused by the vaccine in Nigeria, Congo, Central African Republic and Angola. Seven countries elsewhere in Africa have similar outbreaks and cases have been reported in Asia, including the two countries where polio remains endemic, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In rare cases, the live virus in oral polio vaccine can mutate into a form capable of sparking new outbreaks. All the current vaccine-derived polio cases have been sparked by a Type 2 virus contained in the vaccine. Type 2 wild virus was eliminated years ago. Polio is a highly infectious disease that spreads in contaminated water or food and usually strikes children under 5. About one in 200 infections results in paralysis. Among those, a small percentage die when their breathing muscles are crippled. Donors last week pledged $2.6 billion to combat polio as part of an eradication initiative that began in 1988 and hoped to wipe out polio by 2000. Since then, numerous such deadlines have been missed.
Surging cases have dashed all hope that polio might be eradicated in 2019 The global initiative to eradicate polio is badly stuck, battling the virus on two fronts. New figures show the wild polio virus remains entrenched in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, its other holdout, where cases are surging. In Africa, meanwhile, the vaccine itself is spawning virulent strains. The leaders of the world’s biggest public health program are now admitting that success is not just around the corner—and intensively debating how to break the impasse. “The biggest problem for me for a long time was recognizing that we truly have a problem, and business as usual will not get us to the finish line,” says Roland Sutter, who leads polio research at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where the polio eradication effort is based. “The rose-tinted glasses are off,” adds longtime program spokesperson Oliver Rosenbauer of WHO. “Now, really tough questions are openly being asked—questions that even 12 months ago no one asked.”
SERIOUS VIRUS CLOSES ALBANY SCHOOL Administrators with Greater Albany Public Schools announced that they will be closing Periwinkle Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 25. This comes after a serious stomach virus spread throughout Albany public schools, leaving hundreds of kids sick and some even hospitalized. Schools across the district were sanitized over the weekend after the sickness spread to many students. Superintendent Melissa Goff of Greater Albany Public Schools posted a warning on their Facebook page that updated parents on the virus spreading through the schools. The virus has been affecting hundreds of people throughout Albany and has apparently spread into multiple schools, including Periwinkle Elementary School. Ryder True, a second grader at Periwinkle Elementary, had to be hospitalized on Thursday night after hours of vomiting, dry heaving and a high fever. “Next thing you know Ryder sat up and started vomiting everywhere, and it never stopped. So about 3 a.m. we finally got up and took him into the ER,” Ryder’s mom, Karen True, said. True said around 70 to 100 kids were out sick at the Albany Boys and Girls Club.
Colorado county closes schools due to mystery virus All 46 schools in a Grand Junction-area school district will be shut down on Thursday and Friday as an unknown virus continues to spread among students and district employees. The Mesa County Valley School District 51 will re-open after next week’s Thanksgiving break. “We are taking this highly unusual action because this virus is extremely contagious and spreading quickly across our schools,” District Nursing Coordinator Tanya Marvin said in a news release. “In addition, it appears that there is now a second, related virus that is affecting students, some of whom have already been ill in recent weeks. The combination of the two has created an unprecedented spread of illness.” Earlier this week, the district had announced that four schools – Rocky Mountain Elementary, Juniper Ridge Community School, Palisade High School and Mount Garfield Middle School – because of the virus, which has caused quickly developing symptoms of vomiting. County health officials have said they are still working to determine the illness.
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