Vaccinations

4:33pm

Fri August 3, 2012
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Experts Fear Whooping Cough Vaccine's Shield Is 'Waning'

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 7:29 pm

Pharmacist Kristy Hennessee administers a vaccination against whooping cough in Pasadena, Calif., in 2010. Vaccinations are the most powerful weapon for slowing the epidemic, but there are growing concerns that the current vaccine doesn't last as long as expected.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Whooping cough is getting a foothold once again in the U.S., and it seems to be getting stronger. More than 20,000 cases have been reported so far this year, compared with only about 8,500 last year, and Washington State has already declared a whooping cough epidemic.

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11:22am

Tue June 5, 2012
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Summertime And Healthy Kids Are Never Easy

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 11:23 am

Dr. Robert Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, makes his opinion about the group crystal clear on his Twitter feed.
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Join us today at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a chat on Twitter with pediatrician Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Search for the hashtag #nprkids. We'll be tweeting from @NPRHealth with @DrBobBlock for about a half-hour.

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9:48am

Thu May 24, 2012
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Call For Emergency Action On Polio Eradication

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 12:04 pm

A Pakistani man wheels Jamshid, an 8-year-old girl with polio, around the outskirts of the capital Islamabad last July.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

The drive to wipe polio from the face of the earth is in jeopardy.

Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only three countries left where poliovirus remains endemic. But work to put the paralyzing virus on the ropes there is in danger of failing. Cases in all three countries jumped last year.

Weak public health systems, armed conflicts and corruption have hurt vaccination efforts. Now leading public health officials have proposed an emergency plan of action to get things back on track..

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1:40am

Mon April 23, 2012
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Swaddling and Shushing Help Soothe Babies After Vaccinations

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:57 am

I could use some shushing and swaddling right about now.
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9:28am

Tue April 17, 2012
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Sebelius To Lend Support To Vaccination Projects In Haiti

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 10:34 am

Rice farmer Alexi Rochnel shows his blank cholera vaccination card. April is the beginning of Haiti's rainy season, which will likely intensify Haiti's cholera outbreak.
John W. Poole NPR

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