September 29, 2016

Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinic for Hamilton, NJ Residents

Mayor Kelly A. Yaede has announced a hepatitis A vaccination clinic for Hamilton, New Jersey residents after an employee at Rosa's Restaurant and Catering was diagnosed with the illness. The restaurant is located on South Broad Street in Hamilton. Anyone who ate at the restaurant between November 10, 2014 and December 1, 2014 is urged to attend. A hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only good for two weeks after exposure, so if you visited that restaurant before November 19, 2014 they will not work. You need to monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A, which include fever, nausea, diarrhea, light colored stools, dark urine, yellow eyes and skin (jaundice), tiredness, loss of appetite, and abdominal cramps. If you do experience these symptoms, see your doctor. Anyone … [Read more...]

More Hepatitis A Vaccinations for Tortilla Marissa Customers

The Larimar County Department of Health and Environment is offering more free hepatitis A and immune globulin vaccinations for customers of Tortilla Marissa's North of the Border Cafe restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado. An employee there was diagnosed with the illness last month. The restaurant is located at 2635 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins. If you ate there after June 17, 2014 you should get a shot. More than 800 customers have received the vaccinations since the announcement was made last week. The vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Hepatitis A is extremely contagious and the virus can be transmitted through food and drink and through direct contact, as well as contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. The clinics will be open next … [Read more...]

Another Update on Hepatitis A Vaccinations in Cabarrus County, NC

A hepatitis A alert has been issued by the Cabarrus Health Alliance, after a manager at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, Suite B in Charlotte, North Carolina, was diagnosed with the illness. Anyone who ate at the restaurant between March 24 and April 7, 2014 should be vaccinated against the virus. The vaccine is only effective if given within 14 days of exposure. If you ate there before March 29, 2014 and have not been vaccinated, you must monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A and go to a doctor if you get sick. Those symptoms include nausea, fever, diarrhea, light-colored stool, dark-colored urine, tiredness, loss of appetite, yellow eyes and skin (jaundice), and abdominal cramps. Anyone with a pre-existing liver condition could become … [Read more...]

Can a Cattle Vaccine Reduce Cases of Human E.coli Poisoning?

Can a cattle vaccination reduce cases of human E.coli poisoning? Researchers in Scotland think so. In fact, their recent study suggests that using E.coli vaccines in cattle, can reduce the number of human E.coli poisoning cases by 85 percent, a huge public health benefit. E.coli bacteria  live in the intestines of people and animals. Most kinds of E. coli are harmless, but some can cause illness if they are ingested. Each year an estimated 265,000 people in the U.S. are sickened by E.coli infections, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 36 percent of these infections are caused by the strain E.coli O157. Beef can be contaminated with E.coli in a number of ways including slaughter. To better understand how the bacteria is transmitted from cattle to … [Read more...]

Shigella Vaccines In Clinical Trials

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have begun early-stage human clinical trials of two Shigella vaccines. Shigella is a family of bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness. In the U.S., about 14,000 cases of Shigella infection, called shigellosis, are diagnosed each year but, as many cases go undiagnosed, health officials estimate the actual number is 20 times higher. Worldwide, about 90 million cases of shigellosis are diagnosed each year killing about 108,000 people most of whom are children under five. The disease is especially common in developing countries where hygiene is poor. Many strains are becoming resistant to antibiotics, the most common treatment for shigellosis. Symptoms of shigellosis include diarrhea, which can be bloody, fever, and stomach … [Read more...]

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