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Vaccines Are For the Common Good

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By Kira Dault A number of years back, I worked for a stint as a hospital chaplain. I worked in a number of different "units," from antepartum to the NICU to hospice. I also worked in a children's hospital for about a year. I remember walking around the NICU and marveling at the gifts that [...]

Measles alert from Maricopa County health officials

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By by 3TV Video report by Jared Dillingham PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed that an unvaccinated individual returning from Europe has measles. While in Maricopa County, this individual visited multiple public locations and likely exposed others to measles. "While this person was here, they went to multiple locations where there's [...]

Vaccine Adherence Improved with Text Message Reminders

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A project using personalized text message reminders to prompt patients about upcoming vaccinations demonstrated initial improvements in vaccine adherence at a community-based pediatric clinic. BOSTON – A six month quality improvement project using personalized text message reminders to prompt patients about upcoming vaccinations demonstrated initial improvements in vaccine adherence at a community-based pediatric clinic, according to a [...]

You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention – HPV Vaccination – Arizona School Health Offices Making a Difference

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- Gail Petersen Hock, MS, RN, PHCNS-bc The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), Program Manager- Community Partnerships School nurses have been at the forefront of protecting their populations from disease since the time of Lina Rogers and the Henry Street Settlement.  It took just one short month, in 1902, for the New York City Board [...]

Pediatric Research | Rotavirus vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks

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When I was a medical student in 1980, I cared for a 3-month-old girl named Candace. She was admitted to the intensive-care unit with fever, severe diarrhea and seizures because of low blood-sodium levels. We suspected rotavirus infection, although testing was unavailable at the time. Sadly, she died of complications of extreme dehydration. I recall [...]

Bill seeks committee to study cost, availability of vaccines in Arizona

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PHOENIX – Recent outbreaks of diseases in schools and elsewhere illustrate Arizona’s challenges when it comes to getting residents vaccinated, according to Maricopa County’s top health official. “It really matters to you whether your neighbor and your neighbor’s kids have been vaccinated,” said Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. [...]

Vaccines Could Have Stopped These Outbreaks (MAP)

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FOLLOW: Vaccine, Council On Foreign Relations, Map Anti-Vaccine, Vaccine Movement, Anti-Vaccine Movement, Healthy Living News, Healthy Living News Want to know how the anti-vaccine movement has affected preventable outbreaks? Check out this fascinating map illustrating vaccine-preventable outbreaks. Created by the Council on Foreign Relations, the graphic shows all of the world's outbreaks from 2006 to today that could have been prevented by recommended vaccinations. [...]

What religions actually state about vaccines

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Yesterday, I wrote an article about a father who is suing the New York Department of Education to force a school to allow his unvaccinated son into school. The basis of his lawsuit is that vaccination is against his religious beliefs. He is a Roman Catholic, and as far as I could find, the Catholic Church strongly [...]

National report ranks Arizona near last in vaccination against flu

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PHOENIX – Arizona ranked near the bottom in its percentage of people receiving flu vaccinations during the 2012-2013 season, an advocacy group reported this week. According to the Trust for America’s Health, 38.3 percent of Arizonans 6 months and older got a flu shot, ranking 49th among all states and the District of Columbia. Among those [...]

Accepting 2014 Cloud and Big Shots Nominations

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TAPI is now accepting Dr. Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice and Big Shots for Arizona Nominations for the 18th Annual Big Shots for Arizona Dinner. Nominate by February 28, 2014 at 5pm. THE DR. DANIEL T. CLOUD OUTSTANDING PRACTICE AWARDS In 2002, TAPI began recognizing outstanding practices and clinics that showed leadership and dedication in [...]