On Monday, President Trump released his proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget. It notes an impressive achievement: For every $1 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spends on preventing fraud and abuse, the agency saves $5.
Whenever you can spend money to save money in government, it’s a no brainer for policymakers. Unfortunately, that rationale seems to have escaped the President on the issue of vaccination.
Each of us has a tipping point; the moment when a news story becomes personal, more impactful and perhaps spurs action. After hearing of the tragic death of 10-year-old Nico Mallozzi, an ice hockey player from a neighboring town who died Sunday from complications related to flu, I immediately reached out to our hockey league president to ask him to urge our teams to implement the same flu protocol that Nico’s team is now doing: Stay home if you have symptoms of influenza, don’t share water bottles and shake hands post game with gloves on. Thursday evening our league distributed Nico Mallozzi # 7 memorial stickers for every player’s helmet.
Sanofi SA’s recent disclosure of safety problems with the world’s only approved vaccine against the viral infection dengue has complicated efforts to contain a growing global epidemic and could delay potential new vaccines, public-health experts said.
From The Washington Post | December 4, 2017
When it comes to persuading parents in the United States who are hesitant about vaccinating their children, the public health messages often rely on facts and science to explain how immunization not only protects those children but also shields other vulnerable people from dangerous infectious diseases. But information campaigns that emphasize fairness or preventing harm sometimes backfire and can worsen vaccine hesitancy, research has shown.
From The Peninsula (MI) | December 4, 2017
The House Oversight Committee is considering bills from state Reps. John Reilly (R-Oakland) and Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) that would transfer the power of mandating vaccines to state Legislature votes.
From Popular Science | December 1, 2017
Getting your flu shot every single year is a real pain in the arm. Sure, it helps protect you and everyone around you. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that flu vaccines prevented 5.1 million cases of the disease during the 2015 to 2016 flu season alone. But few of us actually look forward to the hassle of taking time from work or school to get poked by needles. Wouldn’t it be great if we could figure out how to make one vaccine that gave us lifelong protection against every strain of flu?
From Huffington Post | December 7, 2017
When a patient is diagnosed with a chronic disease, like diabetes or hypertension, physicians don’t merely suggest medications to lower blood sugar or blood pressure—they insist that patients take medications to protect their health.
From Vox | November 20, 2017
Health researchers have been convinced the anti-vaccine movement is gaining traction in America. Earlier this year, Minnesota battled its largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years — an outbreak sparked entirely by vaccine deniers. But now there’s early evidence that the number of parents refusing vaccines for their kids has actually plateaued, at least in recent years.
From KOVR-TV (CA) | November 17, 2017
State lawmakers may give California’s strict vaccination law another shot after a surge in medical exemptions. SB277 bars parents from citing religious or personal belief exemptions to get their children out of getting their vaccines.
From Kaiser Health News | November 20, 2017
Shingles tried to kill me. Like an insidious invading army, the virus that more commonly causes chickenpox in children attacked the right side of my head, leaving me permanently deaf in my right ear. Shingles almost destroyed my voice box, too, and it caused my right eyelid and lower lip to temporarily droop.
From The New York Times | November 10, 2017
Medical researchers and government health policymakers, a cautious lot, normally take pains to keep expectations modest when they’re discussing some new finding or treatment…So it’s startling to hear prominent experts sound positively excited about a new shingles vaccine…
From Politico | November 13, 2017
President Donald Trump on Monday nominated former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to be his next Health and Human Services secretary, moving to stabilize the agency at the center of his administration’s biggest domestic policy failure.
From Healio | November 16, 2017
New surveillance data demonstrated a steady decline in the incidence of meningococcal disease over the past 2 decades in the United States.
From Medscape | November 10, 2017
After rejecting it twice in the last 4 years on safety grounds, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a hepatitis B vaccine called Heplisav-B (Dynavax) that is the first and only two-dose vaccine for this infection.
From The HILL | November 12, 2017
Though the World Health Organization has lifted the emergency alert on the Zika virus, scientists continue their push to develop a vaccine. Late last year, the virus reached Asia, where outbreaks are ongoing. It will remain a global threat to pregnant women as long as humans travel and mosquitoes stow away with them.
From NEW YORK TIMES | NOVEMBER 6, 2017
If you think you’ve been seeing mumps in the news more often in the past couple of years, you’re absolutely right. ‘Mumps outbreaks are on the rise,’ said Dr. Janell Routh…
From LOS ANGELES TIMES | NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Researchers have identified one more important reason flu shots don’t usually work very well — it’s because they are grown in chicken eggs.
From NBC NEWS | NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Two years ago the state Legislature passed a law banning so-called personal belief exemptions that many parents were using to keep their children from being vaccinated because they believed — wrongly — that vaccines were linked to autism and other…
From THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (VA) | NOVEMBER 8, 2017
The Spokane Valley City Council may take its advocacy of parents who want to keep their unvaccinated children in school during disease outbreaks to the state Legislature. Spokane Valley City Council may consider adding the parental rights provision…
From STAT NEWS| NOVEMBER 7, 2017
In an era of $500,000 cancer treatments, you’d expect a vaccine series that costs about $300 and helps prevent several types of cancer to be popular with physicians, insurers, and consumers. It’s not, and, as a result, people are dying.