Stopping the measles outbreak
Stopping the measles outbreakMeasles has long been one of the leading causes of childhood blindness worldwide, but with the recent U.S. outbreak—due to a decrease in vaccination compliance for the disease—many parents nationwide are growing concerned. While there are no specific anti-viral treatments for the disease, there are several crucial ways ophthalmologists can stop the outbreak in its tracks, according to David Hunter, MD, PhD.
Measles re-emergesHealth plans and providers play a critical role in maintaining U.S. vaccination rates and can help reverse the recent MMR vaccination-rate decline, a factor responsible for the recent re-emergence of measles.
Vaccine wars
Vaccine warsThe ongoing US measles outbreak underscores the importance of childhood vaccines—opponents of vaccination notwithstanding, say experts.
Formulary managers can help improve vaccination rates
Formulary managers can help improve vaccination ratesManaged care and hospital decision-makers are in a key position to “move the needle” at the system level on improving adult immunization coverage rates in the United States.
Measles makes a comebackBetween January 1 and October 31 of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 603 cases of measles in 22 states—the highest number since 1994—marking a striking resurgence of a disease that was declared eliminated in the United States in 2001.
Melanoma mortality rate 5 times higher in developed countriesWhen researchers studied mortality from conditions with skin manifestations in developed versus developing countries, they found living in the developed world doesn’t always translate to lower death rates. Age-adjusted mortality for melanoma, for example, was about five times greater in the developed world than in developing countries.
Nurses play key role in vaccination successNurses are on the front line when it comes to battling the resurgence of diseases like pertussis and measles.
Whooping cough epidemic spreads through CaliforniaPertussis – also known as whooping cough – has been declared an epidemic in California, with more than 800 cases reported in the last two weeks.
BLOG: The goal of vaccines: It’s worth a shotWhen vaccines eradicate illnesses (eg, smallpox), life is grand. However, when eradication is impossible (eg, pneumococcus), what is the goal of vaccination? The most essential vaccine function is to reduce the number and/or severity of infections.
U.S. measles cases jump to a 20-year highThe number of measles cases in the United States has reach a 20-year high, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.