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Surprising Diversity of Antibody Family Provides Clues for HIV Vaccine Design

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have described how a single family of antibodies that broadly neutralizes different strains of HIV has evolved remarkably diverse structures to attack a vulnerable site on the virus. The findings provide clues for the design of a future HIV vaccine.

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Despite What You’ve Heard, Kids with Egg Allergies Should Get the Flu Shot

If you have a child with egg allergies, you may have been told they shouldn’t get the shot because of a possible reaction to the trace amounts of egg in the vaccine. Not true, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Recent research has shown that administration of the flu vaccine is safe for kids with egg allergies.

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Increased Knowledge of HPV Vaccines Does Not Predict a Higher Rate of Vaccination

A year-long study of over 360 adolescents who were considered to be ideal candidates to receive the HPV vaccine showed that neither increased parental or adolescent knowledge about HPV or the vaccine resulted in higher rates of vaccination. That is, those with higher levels of knowledge were not more likely to obtain vaccination for themselves or their daughters.

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New Rules for Anticancer Vaccines

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Scientists have found a way to find the proverbial needle in the cancer antigen haystack. The results have the potential to completely change current approaches to generating anticancer vaccines.

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An Update on Bacterial Meningitis and Other Important Vaccine News

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With school underway and flu season not far behind, vaccinations are on people’s minds again, or at least they should be – according to experts such as George DiFerdinando Jr. who keep track of how disease spreads and the best ways to prevent it. Rutgers Today asked DiFerdinando what people need to know this fall about several dangerous disease -- meningitis, influenza and shingles -- and the vaccines designed to prevent them.

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In Mice, Vaccine Stops Urinary Tract Infections Linked to Catheters

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The most common type of hospital-associated infection may be preventable with a vaccine, new research in mice suggests. The experimental vaccine prevented urinary tract infections associated with catheters.

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West African Leaders, NIH, Gather to Discuss Ebola Outbreak

Thomas Jefferson University’s Ebola vaccine is one of the front runners of those currently in development.

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‘Missouri Medicine’ Turns to SLU for Vaccine Research Insights

Internationally recognized for vaccine research, Saint Louis University faculty wrote about their efforts to protect people from infectious diseases in Missouri Medicine, which is the journal of the Missouri state medical society.

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Virginia Tech Scientists Reveal Cell Secret Potentially Useful for Vaccines

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Researchers open a new page in the immune system's playbook, discovering more chatter goes on among the body's infection fighters than was suspected.

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Mandatory Policy Boosts Flu Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Workers

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Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. Citing its own data, Henry Ford researchers say the health system achieved employee vaccination rates of 99 percent in the first two years of its mandatory policy, in which annual vaccination compliance is a condition of employment.

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