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Teenagers urged to take part in meningitis B vaccine trial

Teenagers urged to take part in meningitis B vaccine trial

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTeenagers in Great Britain are being asked to take part in a study to learn if immunising them against meningitis B could protect them and other people.The NHS wants 24,000 to take part in the Oxford Vaccine Group's Be On The Team trial, which is helped by National Institute for Health Research funding.Bacteria at the back of the throat can cause meningitis and the study will see if vaccination can stop this happening.The trial will take place in four waves of recruitment over the next two years.Control groupEach of the teenagers who chooses to participate, in Year 12 in England or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales, will be put into one of three groups of 8,000 participants and will receive two doses of one of two vaccines.Two of these groups ...
NIH approves clinical trials for vaccine against avian influenza

NIH approves clinical trials for vaccine against avian influenza

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March 16 (UPI) -- A federal agency is recruiting volunteers for two Phase 2 clinical trials for a vaccine against H7N9, a strain of avian influenza that has not reached humans in the United States.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, wants an effective vaccine ready for any H7N9 pandemics.The trials, which will last 16 months, will test the effectiveness of different dosages of the inactivated influenza vaccine candidate, called 2017 H7N9 IIV, in conjunction with other vaccines.The virus strain was first reported in humans in 2013 in China. Subsequently, six waves of H7N9 infection have occurred there, resulting in 1,565 human infections and 613 deaths, according to the World Health Organization in January.Right now,...
Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

Flu vaccine linked to lower death risk for heart failure patients: Study

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Flu is a killer every year, and with this season's high toll of deaths and hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strongly advised everyone older than six months to get the flu vaccine. Even healthy people are at risk, but those with heart failure should take particular note of today's news. "It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients," said Dr. Hidekatsu Fukuta, the lead author of the new study, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Japan. Fukuta lead a study that looked at people with heart failure who had received the flu vaccine. In the study, set to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting, the heart failure patients who...
HPV vaccine offered to men who have sex with men in England

HPV vaccine offered to men who have sex with men in England

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Men who have sex with men are to be offered the (human papilloma virus) HPV vaccination in England. The programme for men aged 45 or younger will start from April 2018, to protect them from some cancers caused by HPV as well as genital warts,Since 2008, girls aged 11 to 13 have been offered vaccination against HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. Scotland and Wales already have their own vaccination programmes for men who have sex with other men. The English programme followed a successful pilot that started in 42 specialist sexual health clinics in England in 2016. Warts and cancersThere will be a phased roll-out to men attending sexual health (GUM) clinics and HIV clinics in England.The pilot was prompted by increasing evidence of the association between HPV infection and non-cervical c...
Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

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Cases of shingles have reduced by 35% in England since a vaccine was offered to 70-year-olds, Public Health England says.But it is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection against the painful condition.They are most at risk of shingles and more likely to develop complications, such as severe nerve pain.Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and results in a nasty skin rash and fever.The vaccine programme started in England in 2013 and 5.5m people were eligible for the free single injection over the first three years.A report in the Lancet Journal of Public Health on how much difference the jab has made between 2013 and 2016 found that roughly 17,000 GP visits for shingles had been avoided.And another 3,300 consultations were avoided for one of th...