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Vaccines

Some Student Vaccine Rules Relaxed

Mon Jul 29,  2002

By SHANNON DININNY, Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - At least four states are relaxing student immunization standards at the start of the school year because of lingering shortages in vaccines for many common childhood diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control notified doctors in a July 11 bulletin that shortages were over for two vaccines, one for measles, mumps and rubella and another for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.

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UK's First Chickenpox Vaccine Launched

Wed Jul 31, 2002

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) began marketing Varilrix, the UK's first chickenpox vaccine, on Wednesday, saying it would protect against a disease that kills more Britons than mumps, measles, whooping cough and Haemophilus Influenzae Type B meningitis combined.

The Department of Health confirmed that experts on its vaccination committee had recommended that healthcare workers who are not already immune be vaccinated but said Ministers would make the final decision.

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Vaccine for Ulcer Bug Could Be on the Horizon

Thu Jul 25, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Scientists may be one step closer to developing a vaccine against the ulcer-causing stomach bug Helicobacter pylori.

Infection with H. pylori bacteria is extremely common, with 70% of people worldwide estimated to carry the bug--although most will not develop ulcers or stomach cancer, another H. pylori-linked condition.

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Cases of Hepatitis B Linked to Infected Surgeon

Fri Jul 12, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One surgeon with hepatitis B may have infected up to 28 of his patients with the virus, Dutch researchers report.

Researchers realized that the doctor was infecting his patients after diagnosing hepatitis B virus in one patient with no risk factors other than having received an operation, and after finding the virus in two other patients treated at the same hospital. All of the patients had been operated on by the infected surgeon.

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Feds Prepare for Smallpox Quarantine

By LAURA MECKLER

Associated Press Writer

July 8, 2002, 6:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Federal health officials are quietly making plans for quarantining Americans who might be exposed to a highly contagious smallpox patient, addressing sensitive questions of how to hold people, possibly against their will, in case of a bioterror attack.

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Minn. Clinic Warns of Faulty Vaccine

Wed Jul 10, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Freezing temperatures may have ruined thousands of doses of vaccines, meaning patients may need new injections, but the clinic that gave the shots said no one was in danger.

About 3,400 people, half of them children, received the questionable vaccines from Park Nicollet Clinic in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. The vaccines included polio  booster shots, hepatitis A and B shots and Prevnar, a vaccine for infants and toddlers.

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Experts Urge Mass Vaccination for Smallpox Attack

Mon Jul 8, 2002

By Maggie Fox

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mass vaccination would save thousands more lives in a smallpox attack than the current limited strategy that has been recommended to the US government, experts said on Sunday.

In a study criticizing the limited vaccination plan, they recommended federal officials be ready to vaccinate millions of people.

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Congressman Calls for Criminal Penalties at Vaccine Mercury Hearings

By Valeria Williams / WFAA-TV

A United States congressman is calling for criminal penalties for any government agency that knew about the dangers of Thimerosal in vaccines, and did nothing to protect American children.

WFFA research showed that the FDA began asking questions about the dangers of Thimerosal back in 1972. By 1992, the preservative had been pulled out of dog vaccines and contact lens solutions because of the risks.

However, it remained in vaccines for children until last year.

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Congressman Calls for Criminal Penalties at Vaccine Mercury Hearings

By Valeria Williams / WFAA-TV

A United States congressman is calling for criminal penalties for any government agency that knew about the dangers of Thimerosal in vaccines, and did nothing to protect American children.

WFFA research showed that the FDA began asking questions about the dangers of Thimerosal back in 1972. By 1992, the preservative had been pulled out of dog vaccines and contact lens solutions because of the risks.

However, it remained in vaccines for children until last year.

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500,000 Could Get Smallpox Vaccine

Mon Jul 8,10:18 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are preparing to endorse smallpox vaccinations for hundreds of thousands of emergency personnel and health care workers, going well beyond the limited immunizations recommended by an advisory committee, officials said Monday.

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