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December 13, 2010
Vaccines aren't just for kids, but few adults are up-to-date with their shots. These are the adult immunizations recommended by the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention : VACCINEAGE RANGEFREQUENCY Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap)19 and upOnce every 10 years Human papillomavirus (HPV)19-263 doses, women only Varicella (chickenpox)19 and up2 doses Zoester (herpes)60 and up1 dose Measles, mumps, rubella19-491 or 2 doses Measles, mumps, rubella50 and up1 dose, if other risk factor present Influenza19-491 dose per year, if some other risk factor is present Influenza50 and up1 dose per year Pneumococcal19-64 1 or 2 doses, if some other risk factor is present Pneumococcal65 and up1 dose Hepatitis A19 and up2 doses, if some other risk factor is present Hepatitis B19 and up3 doses, if some other risk factor is present Meningococcal19 and up1 or more doses, if some other risk factor is present Vaccines are indicated for people who lack evidence of immunity.
April 25, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
Celebrities who question the safety of vaccines just won't shut up. It seems like every week there's another famous person spouting some anti-vaccine nonsense, from Jenny McCarthy to Kristin Cavalari to Donald Trump and now, Alicia Silverstone . The continuing spread of misinformation about vaccines by celebs is alarming. And because the power of celebrity is used to sell products and champion social causes, like it or not, what famous people say has influence. So will the pro-vaccine celebrities please stand up?
July 30, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it has approved seasonal influenza vaccines produced by six manufacturers and at least two of the companies said they have already begun or will soon begin shipping the vaccines to U.S. customers. The vaccine protects against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus that caused an uproar last winter, as well as two other strains of influenza that are not as widespread but that nonetheless can be a problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in February changed its recommendations for who should receive the shots.
April 24, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
How much are childhood vaccines worth to America? Nearly $1.7 trillion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That dollar figure represents the net savings of 20 years' worth of vaccines administered to American children born between 1994 and 2013 over their entire lifetimes, according to a report in Friday's edition of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An estimated $295 billion worth of that savings comes in the form of direct costs averted, and $1.38 trillion is the estimated value of savings to society.
February 21, 2005
"Vigilance With Vaccines" [Feb. 7] [on the risks created by parents who don't vaccinate their children] was very one-sided. There are numerous doctors and specialists who do not recommend vaccinating our children. The truth is, vaccines can do more harm to your health than good. Sherri Andrade Laguna Niguel
October 6, 2009 | Shari Roan and Karen Kaplan
Vaccines to help people recover from such addictions as nicotine, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines now appear scientifically and medically achievable after doctors reported Monday that a vaccine to treat cocaine dependence had produced a large enough antibody response to reduce cocaine use in 38% of addicted individuals. Those results come on the heels of last week's announcement that the federal government would fund a large clinical trial of a nicotine vaccine based on earlier promising studies.
December 21, 2004 | Rebecca Huntington
Montana officials plan to vaccinate bison roaming beyond Yellowstone National Park's western border to prevent the potential spread of brucellosis from infected bison to cattle, but environmentalists say the vaccine doesn't work well in the animals. The Montana Department of Livestock proposes to vaccinate up to 200 animals annually. It would expand a program started last winter when the National Park Service treated 114 bison inside the park. Officials round up bison outside the park.
June 14, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
International donors have pledged more than $4 billion this week to support vaccines for children in developing countries. Two of their primary targets? Diarrhea and pneumonia - horrible specters elsewhere in the world, much less so in this country. "For the first time in history, children in developing countries will receive the same vaccines against diarrhea and pneumonia as children in rich countries," Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates was quoted as saying.
May 7, 2009
Re "Shot full of myths," Opinion, May 3 The Times has run two recent Op-Ed articles extolling the wonders of childhood vaccinations and vilifying parents who listen to the "wind" and object to childhood shots for fear that they cause autism. Why don't you invite an objective mouthpiece who has honest, scientifically backed-up arguments that vaccines are not proved safe, that the jury is still out on vaccines causing autism or any of a number of other autoimmune dysfunctions? So many pediatricians have expressed skepticism about vaccines' effectiveness and safety -- but then they might not fill whatever agenda The Times and the drug companies are following.
June 23, 1986
You may have heard that the cost of several childhood vaccines has almost tripled. I would like to take this opportunity to explain why, what this price increase means, and, most important, what one concerned can do to reverse the trend of spiraling vaccine costs and maintain the strong immunization program children need. Although vaccines effectively prevent diseases such as polio, mumps, measles, diphtheria and whooping cough, they carry a remote risk of causing adverse reactions.
April 23, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The percentage of parents opting for the "personal belief exemption" to avoid vaccinations for their children in kindergarten has tripled in a decade, county health officials said Wednesday. The result is that 4.5% of the 43,000-plus kindergartners in San Diego County schools are missing one or more of the recommended vaccinations, said public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. That totals more than 1,900 students. Among the 14 diseases that vaccinations can prevent are measles, mumps, polio, chickenpox and whooping cough, Wooten said.
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60. Farthing, who collapsed in a Hong Kong taxi April 5, had a heart attack, family members said in an announcement. Farthing was chief of medicine for the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 1994 to 2007. He was planning to return to the foundation in June as director of treatment programs in the 32 countries outside the U.S. where it provides services.
April 3, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Three gay men who contracted meningitis have died from the disease, officials said Thursday, heightening calls in West Hollywood and beyond that people get vaccinated. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health began providing free vaccinations for patients without health insurance Thursday. It recommended that gay and bisexual men get the medicine. The department announced earlier this week that there have been eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease in the county so far this year.
March 28, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the last few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California and nearly five times the number of cases in the entire state at this time last year, health officials said. Across the state, the numbers also moved forward, climbing to 49 cases by Friday. Last year, at this time, there were only four reported in the entire state.
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
And now, New York City. Measles is spreading in upper Manhattan and the Bronx, according to public health authorities in New York. About 16 cases have turned up, including two that involved contagion in doctors' offices. Outbreaks have also been reported in the Boston area , Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles .  Much of the current outbreak is traceable to the Philippines, where the disease is raging and easily spread to unvaccinated travelers. They come home to the U.S., where the virus is finding a surprising welcome.  Health experts add these to the tally of the anti-vaccination movement, which is based almost entirely on a long since debunked and withdrawn paper published in Britain in 1998.
March 17, 2014 | By Meredith Blake, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Jenny McCarthy has learned the hard way that Twitter can be a dose of bitter medicine.  On Thursday, "The View" co-host posed a seemingly innocuous question to her 1.1 million followers on Twitter: " What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks . " The former Playboy model and co-host of the '90s MTV dating show "Singled Out" has been one of the most outspoken celebrity advocates of a  debunked theory linking childhood vaccines with autism.
January 28, 2008 | From Times wire reports
Vaccines aren't just for kids, but far too few grown-ups are rolling up their sleeves, disappointed federal health officials reported Wednesday. The numbers of the newly vaccinated are surprisingly low, considering how much public attention a trio of new shots -- which protect against shingles, whooping cough and cervical cancer -- have received. Yet many people seem to have missed, or forgotten, the news: A survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases found that aside from the flu, most adults have trouble naming diseases that they could prevent with a simple inoculation.
September 13, 2010
Maybe Study Number Ten will suffice to reassure the one in four parents who have come to fear vaccinating their babies that doing so will not raise the likelihood of the kids' developing autism. Then again, maybe no number of costly and carefully designed and executed studies will dislodge the fear of vaccines among parents that has taken root in the United States. We'll see. But on Tuesday, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics--called Pediatrics --released Study Number Ten anyway.
February 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The state of California issued an advisory on measles last week. Though only about a dozen cases have been reported so far, many more people have been exposed to the virus. In the Bay Area, thousands were warned to watch for signs of the disease after a man who'd been infected on a trip to Asia rode a BART train. In Los Angeles, far more people than necessary were exposed to measles because doctors failed to report two patients' cases immediately. One had traveled to Asia; the other had been exposed to a recently infected traveler.
February 20, 2014 | By Monte Morin, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
With several weeks or more remaining in a particularly deadly influenza season, U.S. health officials on Thursday urged flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women. "Influenza can make anyone very sick, very fast and it can kill," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself. " This year's illnesses have been caused predominantly by the H1N1 virus -- the same "swine flu" strain that caused the pandemic in 2009.
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