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Jan 31, 2014
The number of people who have died from the influenza virus continues to increase. 11 people in Southern Nevada have now died from the virus, according to health officials. There has been a large number of cases involving the H1N1 strain, known as the swine flu, this season. Thankfully, this year, all influenza vaccines include protection against H1N1, along with other common strains. Flu season typically peaks in January and February. Get your flu shot and protect yourself, your family and our community!
Jan 20, 2014
A graphic depiction of the anti-vaccination movement has been created from a Council of foreign relations interactive map of "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014. A couple of manifestations stand out. One is the prevalence of measles in Europe -- especially Britain -- and the U.S. Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. But in the developed world it's an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. That connection, promoted by the discredited British physician Andrew Wakefield and the starlet Jenny McCarthy, has been thoroughly debunked. But its effects live on, as the map shows. Vaccine panic also plays a role in the shocking incidence in the U.S. of whooping cough, also beatable by a common vaccine. Researchers have pointed to the effect of "non-medical exemptions" from legally required whooping cough immunizations -- those premised on personal beliefs rather than medical reasons -- as a factor in a 2010 outbreak of whooping cough in California.
Jan 9, 2014
The first flu-related deaths of the season have been reported in Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday. In a news release, the Health District said the flu-related deaths involved two middle-aged individuals and one elderly person. The district said influenza activity is on the rise in Southern Nevada and urged people to be vigilent in their fight to ward off the virus.
Nov 13, 2013
American Academy of Pediatrics member, and Text4Baby content reviewer, Dr. Colleen Kraft was featured on the Huffington Post blogging about the importance of flu shots for pregnant women and new mothers. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu as well as hospitilizations and even death. She writes, "When a pregnant woman gets immunized, both mom and baby get the flu less often. Let's encourage the pregnant women we love to get vaccinated this flu season." Please share this important message with expecting and new moms today.
Nov 7, 2013
FLUgitives hide in every town in America: your workplace, your gym, the grocery store and even in your home. "If you haven't received a flu shot yet, then you are definitely a FLUgitive," said Michael Szumera, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis Group. As a manufacturer of the influenza vaccine, the Swiftwater pharmaceutical company has launched a national campaign to "round up" these reluctants. Stay under the radar, get your flu shot now! Visit FLUgitives.com for more information.
Sep 23, 2013
The Review Journal released the following article today regarding an increase in Pertussis in Nevada.
Aug 17, 2013
During our annual Healthcare Personnel Influenza Immunization Awards, SNIHC partnered with APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) to offer Silver Syringe awards in five different categories to Acute Care Hospitals in Southern Nevada which are working to protect their staff, their patients and our community. SNIHC reviewed data and nominations from a record breaking 12 hospitals which submitted this year. All data collected is also mandatorily reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network on an annual basis. The winners of the Silver Syringe awards are chosen based on the number of employees immunized against influenza during the previous influenza season, implementation of an influenza campaign throughout the facility and methods used to make the vaccine available to employees. This year's winners were:
Jul 16, 2013
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has launched an initiative to Give birth to the end of Hep B with its new guide, Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns. Endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this comprehensive resource is a one-stop shop for assisting birthing institutions in establishing, implementing, and optimizing their birth dose policies.
Jul 1, 2013
There have been six (6) cases of pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed in school-age children in Elko County. Controlling the spread of pertussis is dependent on quick identification of cases and contacts prompt treatment of these individuals, and immunization of susceptible persons.
May 31, 2013
The Nevada State Health Division and local health authorities, in collaboration with several other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A associated with frozen Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold at Costco. As of May 31, 2013, 30 people ill with acute hepatitis A that may be linked with consumption of a contaminated product have been reported by five states: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Cases have been identified in Washoe and Clark Counties. These numbers are expected to change as the investigation continues. Costco is notifying its members who purchased this product since late February 2013, and has removed this product from its shelves.
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