1. Childhood Vaccinations Reduce Seizures

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    Medical News Minute discusses research that identifies reducing seizure risk by getting vaccinated in a timely manner

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    • Back-to-School Shots

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      Back-to-school season - it’s easy to get caught up in last minute shopping, but doctors hope you don’t find yourself lost in last minute shotting. The time to think of your child’s immunizations is now. “The vaccines that we give aren’t just to anything, they’re to diseases that cause a lot of problems in the past or cause serious illnesses in children. So it’s important to make sure that you’re getting them when you need them,” says Dr. Denise Drago, who is a pediatrician for Lee Memorial Health System. If your child is entering school for the first time, they have a list of required immunizations. Shots include the DTaP which covers diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis and the MMR or measles, mumps, rubella. These are combined shots. “In the past each individual thing was an individual shot. Now there are several that are three in one or you can combine some of them together. You’re not getting poked as many times so in comparison to getting four or five shots you may be getting only two or three,” says Dr. Drago. Starting in kindergarten they will also need doses of the polio vaccine, hepatitis B and varicella vaccines. A growing issue for pediatricians is parents who delay shots or skip them altogether. To comply with state standards all children should be caught up by kindergarten. Which is why doctors are prepared to educate. “We do have a lot more conversation with parents about why the shots are important and i think having an open dialogue between your pediatrician and you, helps parents feel better about the choice they’re making,” says Dr. Drago. Arming yourself with information may leave you more time for fun in the last snippets of summer. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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      • Modelling the Spread of Infectious Diseases - Professor Raymond Flood

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        Mapping the spread of disease is essential to preventing epidemics. The fascinating mathematics of infection is explained here: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/modelling-the-spread-of-infectious-diseases Mathematics has proved to be of considerable benefit in modelling the population biology of infectious diseases by examining the rate of change of the proportion of the population susceptible to, infected with and recovered from a particular infectious disease. In particular, if a vaccine is available, mathematics helps in understanding the impact of different vaccination strategies. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/modelling-the-spread-of-infectious-diseases Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege

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        • Measles: What to do if you believe in vaccination or not

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          Measles at all time high. The Medical News Minute discusses why and what to do if you believe in vaccinations or if you have personal, religious, or philosophical reasons against vaccinations.

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          • Vaccination Myths- A Week in Science

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            A Week in Science is the science brought to you by RiAus. This week: When it comes to vaccinations, misinformation can kill. Find out the truth as we look at vaccination myths, including the mercury fear and autism claims. ADDENDUM While it is claimed in this AWIS that no childhood vaccines contain mercury, it has come to our attention that there is one vaccine (specifically one type of HepB vaccine) that does contain trace amounts of mercury. All other vaccines for children available in Australia are mercury free. You can follow A Week in Science throughout the week on Twitter, and join the discussion, by following @RiAus For more information visit http://riaus.org.au/series/week-in-science

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            • Rubella

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              Rubella (commonly known as German Measles) is a viral infection that can be prevented by vaccination. The vaccination is commonly given as part of a triple vaccination for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Rubella can be caught by children and adults but is most severe to unborn children. Women who are planning on becoming pregnant should seriously consider the Rubella vaccination. The vaccine can also be giving after pregnancy during breastfeeding.

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              • Keeping Kid’s Vaccines on Schedule

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                If you work hard to keep your children on time, you’ve got company. Your pediatrician, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, would like kids to stay on schedule with their vaccinations. “When the AAP made the schedule, they didn’t just choose which shots should go where. They looked at when the child is at most risk for that disease,” says Lee Memorial Health System pediatrician Dr. Denise Drago. Recent years have seen more parents engage in shot-limiting or delaying immunizations. At the same time, the number of vaccine-preventable diseases have gone up. “We see a lot more chickenpox than we used to. People aren’t doing the chickenpox vaccine. Especially overseas, they’ve had a lot of people not doing the measles vaccine and they’ve seen a large increase in the amount of measles,” says Dr. Drago. As the vaccine schedule has evolved, several shots are grouped together. They are tested and approved to be given that way. It means children get ‘poked’ fewer times. Now new research shows an even bigger benefit: strengthening your child against infections. A study published in the American Journal of Pediatrics showed use of the MMR vaccine not only protects against measles, mumps and rubella, but children who are immunized on schedule are less likely to end up in the hospital with any type of infection - especially respiratory ones. “Parents need to be more aware of what shots they did get and what shots they didn’t. That’s very different if they get a fever and end up in the emergency room then a child who got all of their shots. So you are putting your child at additional harm by not vaccinating against those things at one time.” It’s believed the grouped shots may have a general immunizing effect. The latest findings giving the vaccine schedule a much-needed shot in the arm View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                • Vaccinate For A Safer Pregnancy

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                  Dr Kiren Sidhu explains to us the importance of Rubella vaccination. If you are pregnant and you contract Rubella, this has devastating consequences to your pregnancy. Immunise against Rubella today for a safer pregnancy. Immunise today, immunise for life! For more information, visit: www.ifl.my This is a community education programme brought to you by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, Malaysian Paediatric Association and Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases & Chemotherapy.

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                  • GAVI Alliance: Supporting Cambodia's immunisation programme

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                    In this three-minute film, GAVI Alliance partners in Cambodia including the Health Minister, health workers and representatives from UNICEF and the World Health Organization explain how GAVI's support is boosting routine immunisation coverage and campaigns against diseases like measles and rubella. First shown at the GAVI Alliance Board meeting in Phnom Penh in November 2013. For more information please visit: http://www.gavialliance.org/country/cambodia/

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                    • GAVI and the MDGs

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                      GAVI's contribution to achieving the MDGs.

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