Vaccines

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Hepatitis A is on the rise, but the Allegheny County Health Department says it could be worse.

There have been 22 cases of the disease since January 2018, the highest number in over a decade.  Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that causes inflammation. 

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Temple University student Jewel Myers left Mitten Hall Wednesday morning feeling a little less stressed. A mumps outbreak on campus was making the sophomore leery of going to class. Now, she was vaccinated against the virus, thanks to a free clinic set up by the school.

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The percentage of school students in Allegheny County who have received all their required vaccinations has dropped by about a percent since 2010.

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This flu season has been particularly severe, with the Allegheny County Health Department reporting that last week three people died from flu complications; 260 people have been hospitalized. 

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More than a dozen experts have developed an ethical framework for clinical trials for a Zika vaccine, including UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital’s chief medical officer Richard Beigi.

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School nurses in Allegheny County will soon begin reporting HPV vaccination rates to the county Health Department.

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Every year, about 300,000 students get immunized in Pennsylvania.

Now, the state Department of Health is asking for the public’s comments on proposed changes to its immunization policy.

Porter Prize Recipient Presents The Case For Vaccinations

Mar 29, 2016
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Awarded in recognition of an individual’s exceptional performance in health promotion and disease prevention, the Porter Prize is a prestigious honor. The recipient of this year’s award is our guest Dr. Paul Offit, a physician, educator, virologist and author.  He is also the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

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  The Pennsylvania Department of Health  and the Department of Education announced Thursday a joint proposal to revise immunization regulations for school children.

Health Secretary Karen Murphy and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said this week they want to better protect students’ health by requiring students to finish all immunizations within the first five days of school. If guardians fail to complete that schedule, a written note from a doctor outlining the plan to immunize the student must be submitted to school officials within the first five days of class.  Currently families have up to eight months to make sure school children have their vaccinations.

Back-To-School Preparations Often Exclude Vaccines In PA

Sep 1, 2015
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Children going back to school in Pennsylvania could be walking into classrooms where as many as one out of every five classmates don’t have all the vaccines required by the state.

While many parents believe that disease outbreaks in school are rare because of vaccines, there were a record number of measles cases in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).