HEALTHBEAT In defense of flu shots
The assumption has long been that the influenza vaccine works well to prevent flu and that everyone who's eligible to get vaccinated should do so. Thus it was rather a shock when a new study, publishe... Posted on 12/7/11 at 1:30 PM
This year, the United States is on pace to have the most cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in five decades. There have been 18,000 reported cases this year, according to the CDC. Minnesota is one of the states reporting high numbers of the bacterial disease that is preventable by vaccines.
Community health worker Mohamed Duale will long remember the day a desperate mother called him at home to say her child was suffering from a fever and red rash all over her body. “I can't forget the mother's voice, desperate for her child, pleading with me to help. I suspected immediately it was measles. She begged me to give the child the vaccine then, but of course it was too late. All we could do was treat the child's symptoms.”
In an effort to combat a persistently high level of pertussis or whooping cough, state and federal health officials are urging physicians and their patients to make wider use of a pertussis booster vaccine called Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis).
As part of a sustained effort to raise awareness of public health issues in the region, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) is working to educate women about cervical cancer prevention and detection.
Minnesota ranked eighth in the nation in the percentage of all residents who received vaccination for H1N1 influenza, according to national survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Minnesota’s H1N1 flu outbreak continues to ease, but state health officials warn that another wave may be on the way.
“We may be down in terms of influenza activity,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said Wednesday.
By Don Davis, State Capitol Bureau
, November 24, 2009
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