Flu Report: First Week of Flu

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Flu season is upon us, and here is the first installment of our weekly Flu Report for the 2015-2016 influenza season. In this weekly blog post, we update you on influenza activity in the United States and throughout the world, what you can do to protect yourself and your family from the disease, and other influenza-related topics.

The Flu Report runs from September through April and is posted every Wednesday. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to comment below, on Facebook or via Twitter. You may also email our editorial team.

In this week’s report, we review the available flu data and note the changes in this year’s Flu Report from last year’s version. Next week, September 9, will be our first official report of the flu season, and we look forward to providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant data as the season progresses.
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Routine Vaccination Schedules for Kids

Routine vaccination is an important part of every child’s life. From birth until they leave the home, there are a variety of vaccinations that can help protect them from the most dangerous diseases at the their age and throughout their lives. Passport Health is committed to helping families stay healthy and keeps routine vaccinations in stock at all of its clinics throughout North America.

As another part of this effort, Passport Health looks for unique opportunities to help families and others learn more about the importance of routine vaccinations. Below is a vaccination schedule created by our friends at Nursing@Simmons, the online family nurse practitioner program at Simmons College. Feel free to look over the schedule or favorite the page to look over the schedule whenever you have questions.

Simmons Routine Vaccination Schedule

For more information on routine vaccinations see our routine vaccination portal.

Louis Pasteur, Anthrax, and Rabies

Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur, the French chemist who lived in the 19th century, is famous for developing fundamental scientific concepts. He demonstrated the process of fermentation and debunked spontaneous generation, an erroneous belief that bacteria came from inanimate matter such as dust. Pasteur is also recognized for his work on vaccines; he was the first scientist to use live viruses in vaccinations. Pasteur’s work in infectious diseases was momentous for the development of the rabies and anthrax vaccines specifically. Rabies and anthrax are animal-born diseases that cause serious symptoms in humans.

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IXIARO: Everything You Need to Know about the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Japanese Encephalitis Mosquito

As August and National Immunization Awareness Month continue on, we focus on another important vaccine, the Japanese encephalitis vaccine. Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a common mosquito-borne disease throughout Asia and the western Pacific, particularly in rural or agricultural areas. The JE virus is just one of a group of mosquito-transmitted diseases that can lead to inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), and it is a potentially severe or even fatal disease.

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Four Centuries of Yellow Fever: Then and Now

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Yellow fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes, has an extensive history spanning back to the 1600’s. Today, due mainly to vaccination, it has a much lesser impact on the developed (and developing) world, but this has not always been the case. Once considered the most dangerous infectious disease, yellow fever has been eradicated from most parts of the world, thanks to the yellow fever vaccine. In honor of National Immunization Awareness month, read on for a brief history of the disease and how vaccine development has helped eradicate yellow fever in many nations.

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