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CDC Study Finds Flu Vaccine Saves Children’s Lives!

Posted: May 22nd, 2017 at 11:22AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff CDC Study Finds Flu Vaccine Saves Children’s Lives! A new study conducted by the CDC and reveals that flu vaccination significantly reduces the risk of a child succumbing to influenza. The objective of this study was to assess if vaccination against the flu reduces the risk of influenza-associated death in children and adolescents...

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HPV 9 Vaccine Offers Additional Protection

Posted: May 18th, 2017 at 05:51PM - by The Vaccine Center

HPV 9 Vaccine Offers Additional Protection The most common sexually transmitted infection is HPV, the human papillomavirus. Nearly all sexually active individuals get infected with HPV at some point in their lives. Many different types of HPV exist some of which can cause health problems such as genital warts and cancers. Some of the cancers caused...

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Louisiana State University Offers Mumps Vaccine to Students and Faculty

Posted: May 17th, 2017 at 04:01PM - by The Vaccine Center

Louisiana State University Offers Mumps Vaccine to Students and Faculty At least a dozen cases of mumps were confirmed at the Louisiana State University (LSU) according to the LSU Student Health Center and The Louisiana Department of Health. Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health New Orleans, says that several of these mumps...

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Stay Well by Receiving an Annual Tuberculin Test

Posted: May 10th, 2017 at 09:55AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Stay Well by Receiving an Annual Tuberculin Test Tuberculosis, otherwise known as TB, is currently the most widespread infectious disease globally. It is, however, a curable disease. The disease is caused by bacteria that can affect the lungs, brain, kidneys and lymph nodes. It is spread by sneezing or coughing. Active TB results...

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Guinea Reports Outbreak of Measles

Posted: May 9th, 2017 at 11:39AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Guinea Reports Outbreak of Measles An outbreak of measles has been reported in Guinea. I3 of the 33 regions in the country have been affected. The prefectures are Coyah, Conakry, Dubreka, Boffa, Fria, Forecariah, N’Zerekore, Kindia, Siguiri, Gueckedou, Kankan, Dalaba, and Boke. The country’s ministry of health together...

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USCIS Immigration Medical Examination Services

Posted: May 2nd, 2017 at 05:33PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff USCIS Immigration Medical Examination Services The Vaccine Center is a preventative health and wellness company which specializes in travel medicine, employee health, student health, drug testing, physical exams, STD testing, laboratory services and immigration exams. As such, they are well versed in offering immigration services...

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Zika Outbreaks in Africa

Posted: May 1st, 2017 at 09:03AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Zika Outbreaks in Africa Zika outbreaks are currently ongoing across Africa, especially in West Africa. The presence of the Zika Virus has been reported in Cape Verde, with the latest outbreaks in Guinea-Bissau and Angola. According to public health officials in these countries, mosquitos found within their borders are currently...

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Partially Effective HIV Vaccine could Help Turn Corner on Pandemic

Posted: Apr 21st, 2017 at 02:49PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Partially Effective HIV Vaccine could Help Turn Corner on Pandemic Researchers say that deployment and use of an even partially effective vaccine against HIV could still prevent millions of HIV infections each year. Even though a partially effective vaccine is not perfect, there are currently no vaccines against AIDS in use. Many...

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Latest Updates on Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

Posted: Apr 20th, 2017 at 02:51PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Yellow Fever Shortage Update There is currently a yellow fever vaccine shortage; travelers need to contact a yellow fever vaccine provider in advance. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been informed by Sanofi Pasteur (Swiftwater, PA), the manufacturer of the yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax), that supplies of all preparations...

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Wellness Checkups Can Help Improve Your Overall Health

Posted: Apr 19th, 2017 at 11:28AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Wellness Checkups Can Help Improve Your Overall Health The cost of healthcare has generally been rising over the years. Many people are currently foregoing their wellness checkups not only because of this increasing cost but also because they are busy with very demanding work schedules. Combined with family demands, most people...

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Zika Outbreaks in the Solomon Islands and the Maldives

Posted: Apr 17th, 2017 at 11:47AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Zika Outbreaks in the Solomon Islands and the Maldives The Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitos but it can also be sexually transmitted. A recent outbreak of Zika has been reported in the Maldives and the Solomon Islands. According to public health officials in these countries, mosquitos found within their borders are currently...

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Vaccine Company GlaxoSmithKline Starts $175 Million Production Boost

Posted: Apr 14th, 2017 at 11:33AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Vaccine Company GlaxoSmithKline Starts $175 Million Production Boost For GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), vaccines have been one of the financial bright spots following an asset swap with Novartis that has resulted in stellar sales. The two companies agreed to run a consumer health joint venture combining approximately $11 billion in sales...

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Early Studies on Needle Free Vaccine Delivery System

Posted: Apr 13th, 2017 at 10:35AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Early Studies on Needle Free Vaccine Delivery System Researchers believe that patients will one day be able to effectively self-administer vaccines using needleless pill-sized technology. The technology works by jet-releasing a stream of vaccine within the mouth. The proof-of-concept study was conducted at UC Berkeley but has not...

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Zika Outbreaks Happening All Over the World

Posted: Apr 12th, 2017 at 09:49AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Zika Outbreaks Happening All Over the World Zika outbreaks have been recorded across the world. The Zika virus has been reported in Cape Verde, Mexico, Paraguay, Martinique, Bonaire, Barbados, Honduras, American Samoa, Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, French Guiana...

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Prevent STDs and Get Tested!

Posted: Apr 11th, 2017 at 11:21AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Prevent STDs and Get Tested! Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also known as venereal diseases (VDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  They are infections transmitted from one person to the other through sex whether oral, vaginal or anal. The causes of STDs include bacteria, yeast, parasites and viruses. More...

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Mumps Outbreaks Reported across USA

Posted: Apr 10th, 2017 at 12:13PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Mumps Outbreaks Reported across USA Since January 2017, hundreds of mumps cases have been recorded across the USA according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC had received reports of 1,242 mumps cases as of March 4. Mumps is a contagious viral disease with flu-like symptoms that can result in the swelling...

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Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks

Posted: Apr 7th, 2017 at 04:59PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks Since 2008, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has been tracking the outbreaks of infectious diseases worldwide to promote the awareness of this easily preventable problem globally. As such, an interactive map was created as a tracking tool that visually plots global outbreaks due to vaccine-preventable...

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World Health Organization Yellow Fever in Brazil: Disease Outbreak News

Posted: Apr 6th, 2017 at 10:26AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff World Health Organization Yellow Fever in Brazil: Disease Outbreak News Brazil, through the Brazilian Ministry of Health, has reported an ongoing yellow fever outbreak that started in December 2016. The first cases of the disease were reported in the State of Minas Gerais but other cases have since been confirmed in the neighboring...

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Tdap Vaccine for Anyone who Works with Children

Posted: Apr 4th, 2017 at 11:01AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Tdap Vaccine for Anyone who Works with Children The Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis) vaccine protects against pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is a highly infectious disease caused by bacteria that recently resurged in the U.S. With 48,227 new cases reported in 2012, the disease has markedly...

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Measles in Romania

Posted: Mar 31st, 2017 at 02:35PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Measles in Romania An outbreak of measles was reported in Romania in late 2016. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that travelers heading to Romania should protect themselves by getting vaccinated against the disease, especially at 6-11 months of age. A single dose of the measles vaccine is recommended for this age...

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Yellow Fever Outbreak and Vaccine Shortage

Posted: Mar 30th, 2017 at 04:54PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Yellow Fever Shortage In 2016, as the Zika virus was moving towards the USA from Brazil, yellow fever was ravaging across Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mosquito-borne disease caused the death of more than 400 people and left thousands sick. This yellow fever epidemic is not yet over and has exposed glaring weaknesses...

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Zika Virus May Have Adverse Effects on Heart

Posted: Mar 29th, 2017 at 01:19PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Zika Virus May Have Adverse Effects on Heart New research has shown that the Zika virus may have adverse effects on the heart. So far, the main concerns with Zika Virus has been majorly concentrated on pregnant women because the virus increases the risk of giving birth to babies with birth defects. The chance of giving birth to...

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Important Vaccinations for Students

Posted: Mar 28th, 2017 at 04:34PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Important Vaccinations for Students All school going children, from preschool to college students, need to be fully vaccinated even as they head to school. These vaccinations should be received on time to protect the long-term health of the student. Additionally, some states may need students to be vaccinated against certain diseases...

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Flu Cases Increase and Flu Season Continues Six More Weeks

Posted: Mar 27th, 2017 at 10:19AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Flu Cases Increase and Flu Season Continues Six More Weeks With winter coming to an end, one would expect the flu season to also come to an end. However, this is not the case this season since the flu season may linger into May. The standard time for the flu season is from October 1 through to April 30. A recent increase in the...

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Vaccines are Necessary for Adults Too!

Posted: Mar 24th, 2017 at 02:26PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Vaccines are Necessary for Adults Too! Vaccines are not just for children as most people think. Adults also need to get vaccinated as some childhood vaccinations wane over time. Additionally, because of your job and lifestyle, you may also need to get vaccinated. Many adults in the U.S. are not aware that they should be up-to-date...

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Travel Medicine Tailored to your Specific Itinerary!

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2017 at 12:10PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Travel Medicine Tailored to your Specific Itinerary! It is important to be up to date on all recommended vaccinations prior to traveling abroad depending on where you are traveling to, the activities to be undertaken while traveling, your health status, and your vaccination history. Vaccines are highly recommended especially if you...

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Drug Testing for Employers and Individuals

Posted: Mar 22nd, 2017 at 11:26AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Drug Testing for Employers and Individuals The Vaccine Center is a preventative health and wellness company that specializes in travel medicine, employee health, student health, physical exams, immigration exams, STD testing, laboratory services and drug testing. As such, The Vaccine Center provides alcohol and drug testing services...

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Meningitis Vaccine for College Dorms

Posted: Mar 21st, 2017 at 09:50AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Meningitis Vaccine for College Dorms Meningitis refers to meningococcal diseases resulting in the inflammation of the spinal and brain lining. The leading causes of bacterial meningitis in the U.S. are Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Group B Streptococcus, Haemophilus influenzae and Listeria monocytogenes. When meningitis...

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Preventing STD’s and The Importance of Getting Tested

Posted: Mar 20th, 2017 at 11:21AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Preventing STD’s and The Importance of Getting Tested Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or venereal diseases (VDs).  These are infections transmitted from one person to the other through sexual either through vaginal intercourse, anal sex or oral sex. They can...

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Breast Cancer Preventable Vaccine in Development

Posted: Mar 17th, 2017 at 09:33AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Breast Cancer Preventable Vaccine in Development An immunology professor, Dr. Keith Knutson, from Jacksonville, told Fox 26 from his Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Laboratory that he is currently developing a vaccine that will prevent breast, ovarian and several types of lung cancer. Dr.  Knutson added that he is very close to realizing...

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Five HIV Patients Left “Virus-free” with No Need for Daily Drugs in Early Vaccine Trials

Posted: Mar 16th, 2017 at 09:55AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Five HIV Patients Left “Virus-free” with No Need for Daily Drugs in Early Vaccine Trials HIV treatment using a new vaccine-based regimen has succeeded in suppressing the HIV virus in five patients. Researchers working on this vaccine-based intervention combined a drug used in cancer therapy and two innovative HIV vaccines...

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Benefits of Tetanus Vaccine During Pregnancy

Posted: Mar 15th, 2017 at 11:05AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Benefits of Tetanus Vaccine During Pregnancy Pertussis (whooping cough), a highly contagious bacterial infection, recently made a resurgence in the U.S. 48,277 cases of the infection were reported in 2012 demonstrating a marked increase in the infection from a low of 1,000 in the 1970s. In the same year, the death toll as a result...

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New Vaccine Requirements for Nevada Education System

Posted: Mar 14th, 2017 at 12:27PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff New Vaccine Requirements for Nevada Education System The two required immunizations for 7th grade students in Nevada are the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY or MCV4) and Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis). HPV immunization and an annual influenza vaccine are, however, also...

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How Wellness Programs Improve and Benefit the Workplace

Posted: Mar 13th, 2017 at 11:01AM - by The Vaccine Center

How Wellness Programs Improve and Benefit the Workplace Google not only changed how we use the internet, it also impacted the future of the workplace by changing the work environment to be more health-conscious of actions and behaviors that occur during the day. With the introduction of their wellness program and the huge success the program was with...

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The Safety and Assurance of Travel Medicine

Posted: Mar 10th, 2017 at 11:09AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Safety and Assurance of Travel Medicine The number of people traveling from one country to another is increasing exponentially with each passing year. As a result, travel medicine has become a necessity for most travelers, especially those travelling from developing nations. Travel medicine consultation ensures the management...

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Spending Increase to Fight Rising STD Levels in New York City

Posted: Mar 9th, 2017 at 06:02PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff NYC Proposes Spending Increase to Fight Rising STD Levels The rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis in New York City, have hit the highest numbers since the 1980s. However, new cases of HIV have fallen over the last five years by more than 30 percent. According to the New York City Independent...

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Hepatitis B Vaccine safety for Medical and Dental Office Employees

Posted: Mar 6th, 2017 at 04:02PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Hepatitis B Vaccine safety for Medical and Dental Office Employees The United States Department of Labor participates in the protection of America’s workers’ occupational safety and health administration through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office. OSHA’s mission is to prevent injuries...

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Rise in Mumps Outbreaks Prompts U.S. officials to Weigh Third Vaccine Dose

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2017 at 06:13PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Rise in Mumps Outbreaks Prompts U.S. officials to Weigh Third Vaccine Dose According to the Washington Post, because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks in the U.S. in 2016, federal health officials are weighing the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine. In 2016, more than 5,000 cases of this contagious viral...

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The Importance of Getting an Annual Physical Exam

Posted: Mar 1st, 2017 at 10:24AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Importance of Getting an Annual Physical Exam Many wonder why they should go for an annual physical exam from their doctors. After all, most of the time they are not sick and to the best of their knowledge, nothing could possibly be wrong with their bodies. They feel fine, they are maintaining the same lifestyle they had last...

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A New Outbreak Required for Scientists to Test Zika Vaccine

Posted: Feb 27th, 2017 at 11:37AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need a New Outbreak In 2016, the Zika virus sparked a global health emergency. Since then, researchers have come up with Zika vaccines but they are not sure if the epidemic will continue. This is affecting their ability to finish testing the efficacy of the vaccines developed. They can only do so...

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HPV Vaccination Rates at All Time Low

Posted: Feb 6th, 2017 at 11:26AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff HPV Vaccination Rates at All Time Low A recent study developed by the CDC showed that amongst both teenage girls and boys, HPV vaccination rates are too low. HPV is a virus that can lead to cancer and given that 14 million cases of the cancer-causing virus are diagnosed in the United States each year, it is a shocking reality. Unvaccinated...

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CEPI Receives Funding for Vaccines against Epidemics

Posted: Jan 30th, 2017 at 01:22PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff An epidemic is when disease spreads rapidly within a community and there has not been any prevention or even planning in healthcare to stop the emergency. Recently, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, otherwise known as CEPI received an initial investment of $460 million in a new global partnership to outsmart massive...

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OSHA's New Post-Accident Drug Test Laws Create Policy Rift for Employees

Posted: Jan 13th, 2017 at 12:02PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff OSHA's New Post-Accident Drug Test Laws Create Policy Rift for Employees Employers around the world implement measures to ensure workplace safety with accidents that occur on the job. Many companies require drug and alcohol tests be given to employees that are involved in accidents while on the job. These measures are taken in hopes...

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STD Rates on the Rise for Teens and College Aged Students

Posted: Jan 12th, 2017 at 02:16PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff STD Rates on the Rise for Teens and College Aged Students After a long period of recession, it seems that many of the common STDs are on the rise again. This increase is particularly prevalent among teenagers and students of college age, with almost two thirds of cases of chlamydia being reported in those aged 15-24. It’s important...

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The Fast-Tracked Ebola Vaccine

Posted: Jan 11th, 2017 at 01:02PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Fast-Tracked Ebola Vaccine Ebola is one of the most feared diseases in the world, each time there is an outbreak there remains a general panic even in parts of the populace far from the reach of wherever it has broken out. It’s easy to see why, since the disease is not only a hemorrhagic fever with a high mortality rate...

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Promising HIV Vaccine Receives Massive Funding

Posted: Jan 9th, 2017 at 02:23PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The quest for an HIV vaccine has been on for a long time now, and here and there sparks of promise have been shown but nothing seems to have panned out correctly. In 2015 alone, the death numbers from the illness reached over a million and it’s estimated that nearly double that number were infected. HIV is a pandemic in its...

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Angola Yellow Fever Update and Why You Should Get The Vaccine

Posted: Jan 6th, 2017 at 12:03PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Last December, there was an outbreak of Yellow Fever disease. The outbreak erupted in the slums of the capital of Luanda and spread to 16 of Angola’s provinces and into the Democratic Republic of Congo. During this outbreak, at least 3,787 causes were confirmed and there were over 368 deaths. When this outbreak occurred, Angola...

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New Year Preparations!

Posted: Jan 5th, 2017 at 04:33PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff As we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, it is important to make sure we keep ourselves healthy! The Vaccine Center has a few helpful tips to help keep you disease free! We offer every vaccine available in the US and accept walk-ins for most services or have same to next day appointments available. Lets partner together to help...

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Get Vaccinated for Cholera Before You Travel

Posted: Jan 4th, 2017 at 10:04AM - by The Vaccine Center

Get Vaccinated for Cholera Before You Travel If you’re planning on traveling in any developing part of the world, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re vaccinated against cholera. Thankfully, the FDA has approved a vaccine for use in the US and those who are traveling can enjoy some level of protection from this potentially lethal...

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The Dangers of Anti-Vaccination Thinking

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2017 at 09:36AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Dangers of Anti-Vaccination Thinking While many, even those who aren’t a part of the movement, think of anti-vaccination activists as primarily harmful to themselves and their children, the idea has taken hold in popular culture and it can be dangerous on a larger scale. A new study on measles has shed light on some of the...

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It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Posted: Jan 2nd, 2017 at 10:08AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff t’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot It’s that time of year again. Flu season. Influenza spreads rapidly during the winter, but experts advise that it’s not too late to get a flu shot so that you can try and avoid a case this year. Getting your regular flu shot greatly reduces your chances of contracting the disease...

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Post-Accident Testing Makes our Roads Safe

Posted: Dec 30th, 2016 at 10:57AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Post-Accident Testing Makes our Roads Safe It is every employer’s responsibility to provide their employees and the general public with a safe workplace. It is also the employee’s duty to save lives and minimize injuries or fatalities that may occur in the line of duty. Drivers at all times must protect themselves and...

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Malaria Prescriptions and Traveling

Posted: Dec 29th, 2016 at 10:18AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Malaria Prescriptions and Traveling Malaria is one of the world’s leading lethal diseases, and it causes a tremendous amount of problems for travelers and natives of the areas that are at high risk for it worldwide. We offer medications which can be prescribed for those who travel in areas where the disease is prominent and...

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Cuba Delivers Meningitis Vaccine to Syria

Posted: Dec 28th, 2016 at 10:44AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Cuba Delivers Meningitis Vaccine to Syria Even in war-torn areas of the world, medicines are vital and Cuba has cooperated with Syria and sent a considerable amount of vaccines to Syria in response to trade restrictions placed upon the Middle Eastern country. This is part of a deal signed by the nations earlier in 2016 and Cuba has...

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The Benefits of Receiving a Vitamin B-12 Shot

Posted: Dec 27th, 2016 at 11:27AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Benefits of Receiving a Vitamin B-12 Shot Shots of vitamin B-12 are gaining popularity as a quick and easy way to gain energy throughout the day, even for those who aren’t normally deficient in the vitamin. In many cases the shot will consist of a synthetic form of the vitamin, which your body will then metabolize with...

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Shingles Prevention, and New Vaccines on the Horizon

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2016 at 04:40PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Shingles Prevention, and New Vaccines on the Horizon Shingles is an extremely painful complication which can occur from exposure to the virus that causes chicken pox. It can be prevented from spreading, and the symptoms can be lessened but it’s a truly terrible thing to go through. This later recurrence of the VZV virus can...

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Pertussis in Adults and Teens: A Growing Trend

Posted: Dec 21st, 2016 at 03:41PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Pertussis in Adults and Teens: A Growing Trend It’s an unfortunate reality, but as time goes on and the anti-vaccination movement has gained traction pertussis is re-emerging as a disease which can be caught by adults and teens as well as being found in young children who haven’t yet been inoculated. Complicating matters...

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Promising Trials for an HIV Vaccine

Posted: Dec 16th, 2016 at 12:01PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Promising Trials for an HIV Vaccine HIV has been a scourge on humanity since it first began to crop up. While much of the damage caused by HIV/AIDS can now be mitigated through extensive medication, much research has gone into creating a vaccine which can protect from infection in the first place. It’s been a hard and long road...

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Should You Get the Pneumonia Vaccine?

Posted: Dec 15th, 2016 at 06:31PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff While many aren’t even aware of it, it happens that there is actually a vaccine which is quite effective against pneumonia. This vaccine protects from the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia which is the cause of the infection. While it’s generally thought of as a secondary infection, it can also be a killer and some...

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Signs That You Have Whooping Cough

Posted: Dec 14th, 2016 at 02:47PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Unfortunately, pertussis is a disease which continues to spread among the population despite widespread vaccination. It can be quite dangerous, both in adults and children which makes knowing the signs imperative. Read on and we’ll show you how to know if you or someone you know has contracted pertussis, commonly called...

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Tuberculosis is on the Rise in Ireland

Posted: Dec 13th, 2016 at 03:09PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Tuberculosis is still a massively killer disease, and currently there’s an increased incidence of the disease in Ireland. In addition to being a deadly disease, many strains of it are multi-drug resistant, which makes it much harder to treat than common strains and unfortunately this seems to be the case with the disease...

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Huge Initiative for Mass Cholera Vaccination in Haiti

Posted: Dec 8th, 2016 at 01:10PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Haiti has been hit particularly hard by Hurricane Matthew, and the category 4 storm has had the usual effects of destroying infrastructure. This has had the usual consequences of course, but in addition, Haiti has always been a hotspot for cholera and cases are rapidly becoming more and more common in certain areas of the storm-ravaged...

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We Offer DOT Physicals!

Posted: Dec 5th, 2016 at 05:59PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff If you’re a commercial driver, then you know it can be a pain to make sure that you get the physical every couple of years but it’s also a necessary evil to keep folks who shouldn’t be driving for long periods off the road. Fortunately for you, we offer DOT physicals at a convenient location with a doctor who...

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The Rabies Vaccine and You

Posted: Dec 1st, 2016 at 07:31PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff While not many travelers think of it, if you’re going to be in close contact with animals on a frequent basis during a trip, you might want to pick up a vaccination for rabies. Surprisingly, this frequently lethal disease can be prevented with a course of shots and the immunity is quite effective.   Rabies While...

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Clinical Trials of a Zika Vaccine to Begin

Posted: Nov 30th, 2016 at 11:25AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff With Zika hitting the news in a big way during the last year, clinical trials using the deactivated virus in order to develop a vaccine is beginning. There will be five early-stage trials runs total, the first of which has just begun.   The Mechanism The mechanism used by scientists is similar to that which was used to...

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Is Tuberculosis Making a Comeback?

Posted: Nov 28th, 2016 at 10:26AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff         Charles County Department of Health, located in southern Maryland, recently reported a confirmed case of tuberculosis.  In mid-November, parents of students at La Plata High School were notified of the diagnosis by letter, which did not specify the affected individual’s association...

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Clinical Trials of a Zika Vaccine to Begin

Posted: Nov 15th, 2016 at 11:06AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff With Zika hitting the news in a big way during the last year, clinical trials using the deactivated virus in order to develop a vaccine is beginning. There will be five early-stage trials runs total, the first of which has just begun.   The Mechanism The mechanism used by scientists is similar to that which was used...

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Routine School Vaccines Raise the Rate of HPV Vaccination

Posted: Nov 14th, 2016 at 02:56PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff When students must be vaccinated, it’s only reasonable to note that the vaccination within those schools will be higher. A recent study has found that schools which require more vaccinations are more likely to contain students which are vaccinated against a variety of diseases including HPV. Specifically, the “spillover&rdquo...

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What You Need to Know About Yellow Fever?

Posted: Nov 11th, 2016 at 06:58PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff While many who travel in South America and Africa find that the yellow vaccine fever is primarily a legal hurdle. The reason that it’s so often required while in transit in these countries is pretty obvious if you know the nature of the disease, however, and a dose of the vaccine is more than a legal necessity in many...

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The Benefits of Receiving a Vitamin B-12 Shot

Posted: Nov 8th, 2016 at 03:17PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Shots of vitamin B-12 are gaining popularity as a quick and easy way to gain energy throughout the day, even for those who aren’t normally deficient in the vitamin. In many cases the shot will consist of a synthetic form of the vitamin, which your body will then metabolize with some surprising benefits.   Vitamin...

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Get Vaccinated for Cholera Before You Travel

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2016 at 02:39PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff If you’re planning on traveling in pretty much any developing part of the world, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re vaccinated against cholera. Thankfully, the FDA has approved a vaccine for use in the US and those who are traveling can enjoy some level of protection from this potentially lethal disease.   A...

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STD Testing-If You’re At Risk for One, You’re at Risk for All

Posted: Oct 31st, 2016 at 11:42AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff With sexually transmitted diseases reaching a high, it’s important that anyone who’s at risk for them makes sure they are getting tested regularly. It can help you make sure that you remain safe, as well as being a socially responsible way to help eliminate a growing problem.   Who is at Risk? While the prevalence...

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The Importance of Annual Well-Being Exams

Posted: Oct 27th, 2016 at 06:36PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Annual well-being physicals, some of us might skip them, but a yearly visit to the doctor to get an overall checkup is an important step in maintaining optimal health. By doing this, you’ll be able to ensure that you’re not developing any behavior related condition and know the general shape your body is in. The peace...

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Why Colleges Require Meningitis Vaccine to Live in Dorms

Posted: Oct 26th, 2016 at 11:00AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The last thing on most college kids minds when they leave is vaccinations, but if they’re going to be living in dormitories it’s a requirement for a lot colleges that they receive a meningitis vaccine. It’s becoming more and more important, and required in more and more schools, as outbreaks of viral meningitis...

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The Importance of Getting Vaccinated Before You Travel

Posted: Oct 25th, 2016 at 11:22AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff There’s a lot to consider before you start to travel. You have to pack your bags, follow your itinerary, arrange transportation to the airport, and a whole host of things that aren’t apparent until you get ready to go. One thing you should never forget, however, is to make sure that you have the vaccinations required...

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New Recommendations About the Flu This Year

Posted: Oct 20th, 2016 at 10:51AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff It seems like each year the rules and recommendations that the CDC produces surrounding the administration of the current flu vaccine change. It’s important to keep up to date with this information, especially if you’d rather avoid a crippling case of influenza during this flu season. There’s a wide variety...

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Why OSHA Covered Employees Need the Hepatitis B Vaccine and What It Will Protect Them From

Posted: Oct 19th, 2016 at 01:00PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff OSHA requires any employee covered under their guidelines to have a Hepatitis B vaccination, and it’s easy to see why when you know a little bit about the pathogen. The complications which can result from exposure to this dangerous bloodborne pathogen can be life-altering and even lethal but a vaccination can minimize or...

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Why Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Random Drug Testing is Important in the Workplace

Posted: Oct 18th, 2016 at 07:30PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff There are a lot of arguments to the contrary, but most employers will find that drug testing can be an invaluable tool in their repertoire both for selecting excellent, reliable candidates for the job and for ensuring that they have a productive, and safe workplace. Drug testing can have extremely important implications in the...

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Why Pregnant Women Should Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted: Oct 17th, 2016 at 11:48AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff While it’s definitely not recommended that pregnant women take most medications, the flu vaccine is an exception to this seemingly common-sense rule. As a group, pregnant women are about 600% more likely to die from influenza infections than those who aren’t, and the immunity can be passed to their children as well...

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Movement to Provide “Unsick Days” to Employees to Protect Your Health

Posted: Oct 12th, 2016 at 01:48PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Company culture may be the reason for employees feeling guilty for taking their vacation days and other offered time off at work, but there is a more important thing that employees are not taking time off for; Their own health. Appointment scheduling app company ZocDoc has proposed that employers provide workers one additional...

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Gonorrhea Cases Showing Signs of Resistance to Current Therapies

Posted: Sep 26th, 2016 at 10:14AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on September 21st that a cluster of seven individual cases of gonorrhea were showing resistance to current standard medical treatment. All seven patients, six men and one woman, were diagnosed in April and May of this year and were located in Hawaii.   Gonorrhea...

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Cervical Cancer Prevention

Posted: Sep 17th, 2016 at 01:34PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff We all know cervical cancer is a killer. Every year around 12,000 women are diagnosed with this frightening disease and 1 in 3 will die from it.   Cancers develop when abnormal cells (cancer cells) begin to grow out of control. The type of cancer depends on the part of the body that the disease starts in. Cervical cancer...

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California School District Turns Away Unvaccinated Students

Posted: Sep 15th, 2016 at 10:39AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff One school district in Sacramento, California is putting their foot down for the 2016-2017 school district. On this first day of the school year the school sent home 145 students for not having the required proof of vaccinations for kindergarten and seventh grade. The new vaccine laws in California went into effect on June...

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New Vaccines in Development for International Travelers

Posted: Sep 14th, 2016 at 11:40AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Someday in the near future, international travelers may have less to worry about on their trips. Currently, there are no vaccines to protect travelers from certain mosquito-borne illnesses that are common in many parts of the world. In recent months we can see how this can also affect us here in the United States as well with...

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Anti-Vax Doctor Facing Loss of License

Posted: Sep 13th, 2016 at 10:45AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Dr. Bob Sears, famed Anti-Vaccination doctor and author of The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, has been charged by the California State Medical Board with “gross negligence” after writing a vaccine exemption letter for a toddler. This complaint could cost Dr. Sears his medical license.   The...

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What you should know about the flu shot

Posted: Sep 12th, 2016 at 10:56AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff What is the flu shot? The flu shot, or influenza vaccine, is available each year before and during the yearly flu season which is typically between October and May in the United States. The flu shot can help protect you and those around you from becoming sick from the flu. This is because once you receive your flu shot, your...

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Hepatitis A Virus: An Overview

Posted: Sep 9th, 2016 at 01:10PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff What is Hepatitis A? The word hepatitis translated to “inflammation of the liver.” There are several different types of hepatitis viruses, each with different modes of transmission and degree of severity. Hepatitis A is an acute infection, meaning it will typically improve without treatment and clear itself from...

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Another Hepatitis A Outbreak in the United States

Posted: Sep 7th, 2016 at 11:22AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Only weeks after an outbreak of Hepatitis A in Hawaii, a new outbreak of Hepatitis A has been discovered in multiple states. This new outbreak involves six states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, and Wisconsin.   It appears that the outbreak mostly involves West Virginia where 44 individuals...

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Are you a “difficult stick?” How to increase your chances of a successful blood draw

Posted: Sep 6th, 2016 at 03:50PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff If you have been to a clinic or lab before and had the phlebotomist stick you more than once for a blood draw, you may have been told that you are a “difficult stick.” This can happen to people for quite a few different reasons, including small or deep veins, rolling veins, dehydration, collapsing veins, constricted...

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What to expect at your immigration (green card) medical exam

Posted: Aug 30th, 2016 at 07:25PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff What to expect at your immigration (green card) medical exam The immigration medical exam, also called the green card or I-693 medical exam, is conducted under United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines and is used to see if you have any medical disqualifications for gaining your permanent legal residence...

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What is required for my student health program?

Posted: Aug 29th, 2016 at 01:17PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff You may have been prepared for uniforms and textbooks once you were accepted into your health care program, but are you prepared for the vaccines, physical, drug test, and other health services that will be required before you can start your program or clinical work? Most students are not fully prepared and are only made aware...

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Hepatitis A Outbreak in Hawaii

Posted: Aug 17th, 2016 at 10:48AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff A Hepatitis A outbreak has been confirmed in Hawaii and the source has been likely identified as a chain of sushi restaurants on the islands of Oahu and Kauai. So far, 168 people have been reported to have been infected during the outbreak which began in June of 2016. Of those infected, 46 individuals have had severe enough...

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MYTHS ABOUT VACCINES BUSTED

Posted: Aug 12th, 2016 at 04:47PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Not that long ago, a measles outbreak took place at Disney World in California. Parents were outraged and so should they be. Measles should only be spread to a large proportion when a person or people are not inoculated. Lately a disturbing trend is starting. Parents are starting to find reason to resist getting their kids vaccinations...

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Hepatitis B Virus: An Overview

Posted: Aug 11th, 2016 at 11:09AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Hepatitis B is a viral infection that currently affects millions of people worldwide, especially those living in developing nations. The use of hepatitis B vaccine have been very useful in reducing the risk of and spread of the Hepatitis B virus globally. Health workers and babies, whom are high risk patients, are advised to...

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5 CRITICAL REASONS WHY CHILDHOOD VACCINES ARE IMPORTANT

Posted: Aug 2nd, 2016 at 02:56PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Childhood vaccines have been in a controversy as of late. There are some that contend they can cause more harm than good. Here we’ll dive into the 5 reasons why your child should have all their immunizations. As recent as just before the 1960’s there were killer childhood diseases that are now wiped out due to proper...

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Tuberculosis in the United States

Posted: Jul 25th, 2016 at 07:26PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Recently, news broke out of Wisconsin that 6 refugees who are living in Wisconsin were diagnosed with an MDR (Multi-Drug resistant) strain of tuberculosis dating back to 2014 and 2015. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also came forward and said that an additional 21 refugees were diagnosed with TB during this same time...

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10 FACTS AND TRENDS ON EMPLOYEE HEALTH TODAY

Posted: Jul 25th, 2016 at 10:04AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff In times past, when it came to employee health, unless they had a flu or stomach virus, they knew they had to just suck it up and press on. The workforce was reserved to that fate. The 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in America fostered sort of a “boiled frog” phenomenon. This comes from the fact that if you...

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Zika Virus, Rio and the Vaccine: A tale of Cause and Effect

Posted: Jul 22nd, 2016 at 01:23PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Zika virus epidemic has become a global concern especially in more recent months, with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil drawing near, there have been calls for the games to be postponed or cancelled. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected calls for the move of the Olympic Games, stating that...

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More about Chlamydia... Answers you may want to know but questions you may not ask

Posted: Jul 21st, 2016 at 11:21AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Chlamydia continues to be the most commonly reported nationally notifiable disease with 1,441,789 cases reported in 2014. During 2013–2014, rates of reported chlamydia increased 2.8% overall, but decreased 4.2% among females aged 15–19 years. However, both test positivity and the number of reported cases of C...

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New vaccination laws in California cause controversy

Posted: Jul 6th, 2016 at 03:18PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff A new law that was enacted in California is now requiring children to be vaccinated for 10 viruses in order to enroll into school. Personal beliefs for vaccine exemptions are no longer accepted by the state of California. By requiring these vaccines, schools will be a much safer place for children, says Dr. Dean Blumberg. This...

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FDA approves first Cholera vaccine available in the United States

Posted: Jul 5th, 2016 at 05:43PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff In June of 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vaxchora, the first Cholera vaccine available in the United States. This is a single dose, oral vaccine indicated for use in individuals ages 18-64 who will be traveling to certain areas. Previous Cholera vaccines were not available in the United States and required...

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Keeping Safe During Your Trip to the Hajj and Umrah

Posted: Jul 1st, 2016 at 12:46PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims from around the world to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In 2016, the Hajj will take place from September 9-13. Umrah is similar to the Hajj but can be taken at any time of the year. These large crowds of people from all across the world gather, eat, and sleep in a very...

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Yellow Fever Outbreak Limits Global Supply of Vaccine

Posted: Jun 30th, 2016 at 01:49PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff An outbreak of Yellow Fever Virus in Africa that started late last year is threatening to drain global supplies of Yellow Fever Vaccine. The outbreak, which originated in Angola and has since spread to the Dominical Republic of the Congo and beyond, is very rapidly using up the global supply of the vaccine to help control the...

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“Nasal” Spray” Flu Vaccine Not Recommended For 2016-2017 Flu Season

Posted: Jun 28th, 2016 at 05:48PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff In a press release on June 22, 2016, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that the “nasal spray” flu vaccine (FluMist) is not recommended during the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season.  This vote was made based on data showing poor vaccine effectiveness using the nasal flu vaccine...

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Zika and the Olympics

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2016 at 05:11PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: With the 2016 summer olympics right around the corner, many Americans are deciding not to make the venture down the Brazil, including athletes who were to complete, for fear of the Zika virus. The Zika virus has really cast a shadow over what is usually a fun, challenging month long event with counties competing...

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Yellow Fever Epidemic hits highest number yet

Posted: Jun 17th, 2016 at 01:47PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: As we have previously wrote about, the Yellow Fever outbreak in Eastern Africa is still an ongoing issue. In Angola alone, the disease has killed 350 people, and effected 2,954 people, and the disease is spreading as far as China. All of this is happening on top of the fact that there is a world wide shortage of...

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Whose responsibility is it to get a child vaccinated for Measles?

Posted: Jun 15th, 2016 at 02:14PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: Arizona is one state that currently allows parents to opt out of getting their children vaccinated for Measles in order to enter into school. The AZ Central online newspaper recently did an article stating how the state needs to take more responsibility in tracking unimmunized children, and do their part in helping...

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Rabies cases on the rise in Illinois

Posted: Jun 7th, 2016 at 01:10PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: According to the Chicago Tribune, the number of bats that are testing positive for Rabies in the state of Illinois has doubled the number of positive tests from a year ago, with the majority of those Bats being in the Chicago area. The numbers may not sound like a lot, or even like they are dangerously high...

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Vaccine Exemptions in the United States

Posted: May 31st, 2016 at 07:17PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: It seems like every other day that an article is published telling of a Measles outbreak, or a Whooping Cough outbreak. The source of a lot of these outbreaks? People who weren't vaccinated. PBS recently published an article looking into vaccines, parents who are against vaccines and the vaccine exemptions that...

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Vaccines save lives!

Posted: May 20th, 2016 at 07:02PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: Recently, the Huffington Post published an article about vaccinations and how lives are literally saved by vaccines. The World Health Organization just came out and released the statistic that vaccines have prevented between 2 and 3 million deaths every single year. That's the great news. The not-so-great news is...

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What to expect during a DOT physical exam

Posted: May 17th, 2016 at 02:26PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires certain drivers to complete DOT physical examinations prior to starting a new job and periodically thereafter. Depending on the results of your DOT physical exam, you may be issued a DOT medical certificate that is good for 3 months, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years, and should be kept...

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A new development in Malaria prevention

Posted: May 12th, 2016 at 05:14PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Good news may be coming in the future for many international travelers. A biotech company called Sanaria Inc. has developed a vaccine that is currently being tested for use in preventing malaria in adults. A new phase 1 clinical trail on the vaccine published recently in the journal Nature Medicine shows the vaccine may provide...

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College campuses are the focus of some recent Measles and Mumps outbreaks

Posted: May 11th, 2016 at 02:06PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Many people may not have heard of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's a small, private school with about 3,990 students. Just recently, Calvin College announced that more than a dozen students may be forced to leave their campus if test results come back positive from the state of Michigan for Mumps. They wouldn't be...

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Download our new App!

Posted: May 6th, 2016 at 11:29AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: The Vaccine Center App gives you the ability to make an appointment, stay up to date on Vaccine Center news, follow us on social media and read our patient reviews all from your cell phone or iPad! The Vaccine Center App is compatible with both Google and Android phones as well as Apple iPhones/iPad products. If...

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How to Protect Yourself from Zika Virus

Posted: May 5th, 2016 at 03:02PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Zika is a virus that is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Illness that results is typically mild and includes fever, rash, redness of the eyes, and joint pain that lasts for a few days to a week. Most people who contract Zika virus either do not know that they are sick, or only show mild symptoms...

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Could we see an end to Meningitis in certain parts of the world?

Posted: May 5th, 2016 at 12:34PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff: Meninigitis is a commonly know disease that puts millions of people are risk each year. With so many different strains of this disease, it's hard to find a cure to eliminate the disease as a whole. One strain of this disease though, the strain known as "Africa-Centric", may have a cure in sight. A new vaccine has...

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Annual Well-Being Physicals

Posted: May 4th, 2016 at 11:34AM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff An annual well-being physical is designed to check a healthy person for possible signs of health changes before they become a dangerous health issue. A well-being physical can range from a simple medical history and review of systems, to an advanced physical with a wide array of services to fit your specific needs based on your...

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What are my options for HIV blood testing?

Posted: May 3rd, 2016 at 05:05PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Testing for HIV is stressful, and trying to figure out the best for you can cause even more stress. Although the most common blood HIV tests are all very accurate in their results, they all have different incubation periods and ways that the tests are run. So what is an incubation period? The incubation period is the time between...

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How you can benefit from an Employee Health Program for your employees

Posted: May 2nd, 2016 at 07:00PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Employee Health Programs are an important part of keeping your company healthy by reducing liabilities and absenteeism from your employees. They show your employees that you care about their health and keep them safe on the job as well! The Vaccine Center can help you set up your corporate account, following CDC and OSHA requirements...

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Should I have a travel consultation before my trip?

Posted: Apr 29th, 2016 at 05:54PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff You have planned the big trip, saved up for months (or years!) and are getting ready for final preparations. Now it’s time to keep yourself safe and prepared so you can enjoy yourself during your travels abroad. So who can help you make this process as comprehensive and stress free as possible? Some people ask if they...

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Benefits of B12 injection

Posted: Apr 28th, 2016 at 06:42PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by Staff Vitamin B12 is used in multiple ways by the body. Brain cells, nerve cells, DNA synthesis, and blood cells all need vitamin B12 to function properly,   and low levels of this vitamin can cause a wide array of issues in the body including muscle weakness or stiffness, low blood pressure, vision disturbances, incontinence...

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World Malaria Day

Posted: Apr 25th, 2016 at 04:06PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: Each year on April 25th, the world recognizes World Malaria Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been instrumental in spreading awareness on the disease and prevention of the disease. With 3.2 billion people at risk, which is about half of the worlds population, WHO is working toward eliminating...

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East African Yellow Fever Alert Part 2

Posted: Apr 21st, 2016 at 06:32PM - by The Vaccine Center

Written by The Vaccine Center staff:  In a follow up to a previous blog post from a few weeks ago, the Yellow Fever epidemic in East Africa is becoming more and more concerning, and the government is now stepping in to try to prevent the spread, and hundreds of Kenyans have died in the last few months from Yellow Fever. The Kenyan...

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Who should receive the shingles vaccine?

Posted: Apr 14th, 2016 at 06:05PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by Vaccine Center staff: Shingles in a virus that starts out in the body as a primary infection (Chickenpox) and emerges later in life as a secondary (Shingles) infection. Shingles infection can occur at any age, but it more likely to occur in older adults and those with compromised immune systems. The Advisory Committee on Immunization...

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What happens when STDs go untreated?

Posted: Apr 13th, 2016 at 12:38PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff:      You have heard it before, STDs are on the rise! But what can happen if a sexually transmitted disease goes unnoticed and untreated? Today we will discuss some of the possible outcomes of untreated infections.       Some STDs are able to go unnoticed because the individual...

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Why the TDAP vaccine is important for expecting mothers

Posted: Apr 11th, 2016 at 08:20PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: A mother in Australia is regretting her decision to not get vaccinated while pregnant. The CDC recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated for whooping cough between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, to not only prevent themselves from getting Whooping Cough, but to prevent giving it to their baby. According...

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The HPV Vaccine isn't just for girls

Posted: Apr 4th, 2016 at 03:48PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: A common misconception about the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine, also known as the HPV vaccine, is that it's meant only for girls. According to the CDC, boys aren't getting the vaccine nearly at the same rate as girls are. More then half of sexually active men will get HPV in their life, which they then can...

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What is Syphilis?

Posted: Apr 1st, 2016 at 12:53PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: What is Syphilis? Syphilis is a bacteria that is transmitted through sexual contact. It can also be transmitted from mother to baby during delivery. According to the CDC, incidence of syphilis cases is on the rise in the United States with a 15.1% increase in incidence from 2013 to 2015. Young people, especially...

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California Public Health Department working to prevent Measles outbreak

Posted: Mar 31st, 2016 at 03:49PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: California Public Heath officials have announced that a student has tested positive for Measles at one of its Nevada County schools. A student from Yuba River Charter School has tested positive for the virus after traveling overseas. This is particularly troubling, because this specific school is known for...

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East Africa on Yellow Fever alert

Posted: Mar 30th, 2016 at 03:15PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: Several Eastern African countries are on high alert after there has been a rise in Yellow Fever. Since December of last year, the country of Angola has had 178 people die because they contracted Yellow Fever. As a result of this outbreak, a countrywide "Yellow Fever alert" has been issued to all hospitals...

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Are there vaccines that protect against STDs?

Posted: Mar 29th, 2016 at 05:40PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: There are currently three vaccines that can help protect you and your children against certain sexually transmitted diseases. These include HPV, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Protect yourself and your family with these potential life-saving vaccinations.   HPV Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) is...

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Meningitis Vaccine: Why you should get vaccinated

Posted: Mar 25th, 2016 at 06:10PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: Often times people hear the word "Meningitis", but never think that they will actually ever get the virus. Many don't even realize the harmful effects that Meningitis can actually cause. Kyra Winters, a young woman from Chicago, has spoken out to the Chicago Tribune about her diagnosis of Meningitis and...

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What vaccines does my child need for Middle School?

Posted: Mar 17th, 2016 at 02:56PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: Middle school vaccines are often times forgotten about since children in this age group do not visit their pediatrician as much as younger children do. But vaccinations are essential for the long-term health and wellness of your child. The following vaccines are all recommended and should be considered for...

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What is a TB Skin Test?

Posted: Mar 7th, 2016 at 11:08AM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: What is a TB skin test? A TB skin test is used to determine if the individual has been exposed to the bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common test for TB is the TB skin test (TST) using a substance called Purified Protein Derivative (PPD). A 1-step TST requires the individual to have the TST...

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What is HPV?

Posted: Mar 4th, 2016 at 03:21PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: What is HPV? HPV stands for Human papillomavirus. The HPV virus causes genital warts (papillomas) and certain types of cancers including cervical and vulvar cancers in females and oral, anal, and pharyngeal cancers in both males and females. HPV is usually spread through vaginal or anal sex with someone...

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Starting the Semester as a Health Science Student? Get the Right Vaccinations

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2015 at 02:08PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: For students, the Fall semester is underway, and for those enrolling in the Health Sciences field, that means it’s time for vaccinations, TB tests and physical exams. If you’re just starting out, this guide will help walk you through the process. Why do I need vaccines to take classes? The...

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Drug testing for Employment: Why it’s important

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2015 at 12:26PM - by The Vaccine Center

Article written by The Vaccine Center staff: A safe work environment is the key to attracting the quality candidates you need to help your business grow and flourish. One of the easiest ways to ensure safety in the workplace is by drug testing prospective or current employees. Here are six reasons why you should consider conducting workplace drug tests...

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