Vital Vaccine for Pregnant Women

There has been a lot of chatter about flu vaccinations recently. Despite the talk, current research proves flu vaccinations are vital for expectant mothers and their babies. In a comprehensive study by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 141 vaccines were administered to pregnant women. Results show the vaccine to be extremely beneficial. In fact, the CDC condones a flu shot during any trimester because it is safe for the mother and baby.

“The good news is that we found that the benefits of maternal vaccination for the baby were not affected by prior vaccination in the mothers.

These findings further debunk what junk science has said about getting the flu shot during pregnancy. Some myths have claimed that the flu vaccine is full of harmful toxins that can hurt a developing fetus, that it causes autism, and, in turn, can make you ill with the flu instead of preventing it. But, there is zero evidence out there that the influenza vaccination causes autism or any other type of developmental disorder.

And you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine — if you get sick with the flu after getting the vaccine, it’s because you were already infected with the virus, according to Harvard Medical School.”

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Improved Vaccines to Prevent 9 Dangerous Diseases

It is safe to say that since the 1700’s, there have been major improvements in the development of vaccinations. Still, though, there are hundreds of diseases affecting the masses for which no vaccine exists. On-going research and development reveal progress with 9 vaccinations that could change the way people live. In the next decade, there may be a vaccine to prevent the following diseases: Cancer, Gonorrhea, Malaria, Ebola, HIV, Norovirus, “Universal” flu vaccine, Heroin addiction, and Zika.

“Researchers are finding ways to use the immune-system-triggering effects of vaccines to tackle unexpected diseases, such as cancer and drug addiction.”

“There are already some vaccines that prevent certain types of cancer. The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), for example, can prevent six different kinds of cancer. Another vaccine for hepatitis B prevents liver cancer as well.

There’s also a push to use vaccines once a person has been diagnosed with cancer. One such treatment was approved for prostate cancer in 2010. The treatment reprograms the body’s immune system to go after a particular protein that helps the immune cells attack the cancer cells. Other vaccines on the horizon could take a more personalized approach, pinpointing cancer mutations and amplifying the body’s immune system to fight off certain types of cancer cells.”

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First Cervical Cancer Vaccine Approved

Cervarix, the first vaccine for cervical cancer to be approved for use in China, has passed inspection by Chinese authorities. It is currently being distributed to health centers all over the country. There are efforts in progress to spread disease awareness amongst the public as it is the third most common cancer among women ages 15 to 44.  Opportunities have also been made available to train physicians on using the vaccine.

“There are about 100,000 new cases of cervical cancer in China annually, causing more than 30,000 deaths every year, according to Qiao Youlin, head of the Epidemiology Department at the Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, in Beijing.”

These efforts will benefit Chinese females as “Cervical cancer vaccination together with cervical cancer screening will significantly reduce the incidence.”

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A “6 in 1” Vaccination for Infants

An “all in one” vaccination has been developed for babies containing vaccines to six threatening illnesses. The improved formula now includes Hexavalent vaccine which battles Hepatitis B. The new vaccine protects infants from diphtheria, polio, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenza type b and now, Hepatitis B.

“The introduction of Hexavalent vaccine means that all children will now be routinely protected against this serious infection, which is a major cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer in later life”.

“The vaccine is given three times as part of the childhood immunization program, when babies are eight weeks old, 12 weeks old and 16 weeks old.”

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Are Needle Free Vaccinations Available?

Companies and academic labs are working to uncover alternative methods for administering vaccinations. In fact, breaking news reveals three different alternatives to the classic needle-and-syringe delivery method.

“They’re refining technologies that involve tiny needles, less than a millimeter long, and needle-free injectors that can send a dose of vaccine through your skin in a fraction of a second.”

These new methods are more “user-friendly” than traditional vaccine administration as well.

“It can be stored at temperatures as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit for up to a year… [and] can be administered by people who aren’t trained health professionals.”

If you are a parent, this may be of greater interest to you as you are likely familiar with the pain children endure when receiving such vaccines. Further, if you are hopeful that vaccines can be delivered without needles, read the full details here.

What Country Will Try The World’s First Malaria Vaccine?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen three African countries to test the world’s first malaria vaccine. In the upcoming year, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will attempt to administer 4 vaccinations per child. These countries have implemented strong efforts to control infection. However, the surrounding conditions are so poor that reported numbers are simply not accurate.

“A global effort to counter malaria has led to a 62 percent cut in deaths between 2000 and 2015, WHO said. But the UN agency has said in the past that such estimates are based mostly on modelling and that data is so bad for 31 countries in Africa — including those believed to have the worst outbreaks — that it couldn’t tell if cases have been rising or falling in the last 15 years.

The vaccine will be tested on children five to 17 months old to see whether its protective effects shown so far in clinical trials can hold up under real-life conditions. The vaccine has taken decades of work and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop.”

Is this an experiment or does the WHO expect promising results? For the full story, please click here.