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Gardasil Vaccine – Usually Only Given to Girls – Will be Given to all Australian Boys

Posted: August 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Gardasil Vaccine – Usually Only Given to Girls – Will be Given to all Australian Boys

For the first time, boys in Australia will receive the Gardasil vaccine, a series of shots typically given to high school-aged girls to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which can lead to cervical cancer.

English: Pathology: EM: Papilloma Virus (HPV) ...

English: Pathology: EM: Papilloma Virus (HPV) Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HBV) which occurs in human warts. Warts on the hands and feet have never been known to progress to cancer. However, after many years cervical warts can become cancerous. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Under Australia’s National Immunisation Program, boys ages 12 and 13 will get the three-round dose of the vaccine from U.S. drug giant Merck ($MRK). The program for boys is expected to cost $21.1 million over four years and include 870,000 vaccinations, along with an information campaign, a vaccine register and monitoring of adverse reactions, according to ABC News. This is all good news for Merck, which could greatly expand the market for Gardasil if other governments follow Australia’s lead and pay for males to get the vaccine.

“It is estimated that a quarter of new infections will be avoided by extending the vaccine to boys,” said Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek.

Australia leads the way in vaccinating boys; many health experts for years campaigned to broaden the vaccine to males in their first year of high school. HPV infections hit both males and females, and spreads during sex. In recent years researchers have linked a growing number of cancer in men to the virus. Vaccinating both men and women will impact prevalence of anal, penile, vaginal and vulvar cancers, said Steve Hambleton, the president of the Australian Medical Association, as quoted by ABC.

Stateside, about 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, according to data from National Institutes of Health. About 6 million more get infected each year. In related news, ABC reported a study that found that HPV vaccinations have reduced the risk of infection even in women who don’t get the vaccine, a phenomenon known as herd immunity.

 


700,000 Children Vaccinated in Philippines

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Vaccines Updates | Comments Off on 700,000 Children Vaccinated in Philippines

About 700,000 children in the Philippines will receive a rotavirus vaccination, thanks to a national immunization program for children, according to Philstar.com. The vaccinations will go to those belonging to the poorest families listed in the National Housing Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and children, according to the World Health Organization.

Rotavirus

Rotavirus (Photo credit: AJC1)

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Vaccine for Dengue Fever? Possible

Posted: August 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Vaccine for Dengue Fever? Possible
Dengue distribution in 2006. Red : Epidemic de...

Dengue distribution in 2006. Red : Epidemic dengue and Ae. aegypti Aqua : Just Ae. aegypti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Production of a dengue vaccine could cost mere pocket change, according to an economic analysis completed by the Dengue Vaccine Initiative, a consortium that works on access to dengue vaccines in impacted areas. Producing a tetravalent dengue vaccine may cost as little as 20 cents per dose, with an annual production level of 60 million doses packaged in 10-dose vials, according to News-Medical.

Of course, cost of production is only one component when it comes to pricing a vaccine. The final cost encompasses prior R&D, obtaining regulatory approval, marketing and distribution, start-up expenses and more. A dengue vaccine will likely cost much more initially, when demand may be low, according to the article.

The economic analysis used data on a vaccine developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and facilities of the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“The cost of a vaccine is one of the most important factors affecting its adoption and uptake,” Richard Mahoney of the DVI told News-Medical. Mahoney co-authored the report, published in Vaccine. “Our goal with this study was to determine the baseline expenses for the vaccine’s production. We believe the results should help pave the way for the rapid introduction and distribution of a dengue vaccine once licensed,” he said.

Dengue fever is a virus-caused disease spread through mosquitoes and is caused by one of four different, but related, viruses.


Cickenpox Outbreak in Glades County Immigration Detention Center

Posted: July 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts, Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Cickenpox Outbreak in Glades County Immigration Detention Center

On Tuesday, July 3rd it was reported that there was an outbreak of Chickenpox at the Glades County Detention Center in South/Central Florida.  Authorities are watching the outbreak closely as Chickenpox is a very contagious disease that can be spread through physical contact or through the air.

Adults can get chickenpox as well. Taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Checkenpox_Adult_back.jpg

We usually associate Chickenpox with childhood but it often happens that adults who were not vaccinated or never had Chickenpox get infected.

Right now the authorities at Glade County Detention Center are working to separate those who have had Chickenpox before and those who have not.  Visitations are cancelled for now.  Since Chickenpox takes 10-21 days to develop those who have never had it before will be placed under observation for the next few weeks.

Chickenpox is caused by the Varicella virus.  The vaccine is called Varivax and it is administered to children in two doses.  One when the child is 12 to 15 months old, and another when he/she is 4-6 years old.  Vaccination is credited with reducing the incidence of the disease by up to 70-90% with a corresponding drop in related hospital admissions and death.  The Vaccine became widespread in the United States in 1995.

Where vaccines are available they are considered the best preventative health measure against disease.


Passport Health Sarasota Stores Vaccines Appropriately

Posted: June 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Vaccines Updates | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Passport Health Sarasota Stores Vaccines Appropriately

We Store Children’s Shots at Appropriate Temperature and Monitor Regularly

A Child being Vaccinated

Controversy has broken out recently regarding a federal program, organized by the CDC, that provides vaccines to pediatricians for free.   The program is called VFC, Vaccines for Children.  Apparently vaccines stored at most of the providers were not stored properly:

A report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that vaccines stored at the offices of 76% of a sample of providers involved in the CDC program were exposed to inappropriate temperatures for at least five cumulative hours during a 2-week inspection period.

This is a problem since inappropriately stored vaccines become ineffective.  Another mistake that VFC providers were committing was they were storing expired vaccines with active ones.  Storing the two together can lead to a patient being given the wrong vaccine when they need it, another dangerous situation.

At Passport Health Sarasota we monitor the temperature of our vaccine storage refrigerators 24/7.  If one of our refrigerators goes out of range the monitor begins to sound an alarm.  It will continue sounding that alarm until one of our employees manually turns it off and resets the monitor.  We do this to ensure the quality of our vaccines.  Moreover we do NOT store outdated vaccines with in date vaccines.

When choosing where to get your vaccines chose the “Vaccine Specialists” – Passport Health Sarasota.