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Healthcare system fires 50 employees for refusing influenza vaccination

Healthcare system fires 50 employees for refusing influenza vaccination

A Minnesota-based hospital chain fires about 50 employees for refusal to receive the influenza vaccine.

FDA approves Heplisav-B vaccine for hepatitis B treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Heplisav-B for the prevention of infection caused by all known subtypes of hepatitis B virus.

Reduced effectiveness of last season's flu vaccine traced to mutation in chicken eggs

New virus mutations make antibody binding difficult as mismatches in vaccines and viruses emerge.

Opinion

The flu shot remains a vital healthcare tool

Even if the flu shot "misses," as it did last year, it remains one of the best tools we have to help our patients live healthier lives.

Communicating vaccine safety to parents

Clinicians should inform parents about the safety of vaccines to encourage them to vaccinate their children.

Adolescents need HPV shots early

Common reasons that parents give when declining human papillomavirus vaccine for their children are, "My teen is not sexually active," or "Maybe we'll wait until he/she is a bit older." This thinking negates the vaccine's preventive purpose.

Features

Outdated vaccine protocol

Outdated vaccine protocol

A child deals with the consequences of a lesser vaccine, because a medical practice did not update its immunization policies.

Timing of meningococcal vaccine

Timing of meningococcal vaccine

Timing of a recent administration of the meningococcal vaccination cannot be ignored.

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