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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...
Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

Philippines wants money back from Sanofi for dengue vaccine

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The Philippine government will demand a refund of 3.5 billion pesos ($ 69.5 million) from vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur and look at possible legal action after a study showed the vaccine used in a dengue immunization program could expose some people to severe illness, the health chief said Friday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the government will also seek compensation for treatment of children who may develop severe dengue. No deaths have been confirmed, but at least one immunized child has developed dengue. The Department of Health put on hold its dengue immunization drive, which was launched last year and is the world's first such public program, after France-based Sanofi Pasteur released the study last week. More than 730,000 public school children aged 9 and above in three...
U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

U.S. experts concerned about efficacy of flu vaccine this year

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Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Health officials are looking to the Southern Hemisphere for clues as to what this year's flu season might look like -- hint: it's not good.Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization met in Australia this week to discuss the challenges of producing an effective flu vaccine.As summer approaches, the flu season is winding down in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere. But in the United States, flu season is beginning to kick into gear.A new study shows Australia experienced an increase in influenza-related hospitalizations and deaths over the winter compared to last year. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests the vaccine in Australia had a success rate of just 10 percent.Officials in the Unite...
Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

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A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor's group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC offic...