Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Mom’s Story – suffering from a case of meningitis continues after 11 years

A Mom’s Story

The above article focuses our attention on a mom’s experience after her daughter suffered from meningitis as an infant 11 years ago.  She begins by mentioning the recent death of a Lakeland area high school student.

The Polk County Immunization Coalition works to communicate information about vaccines and immunizations to our community to help families avoid the tragic effects of vaccine-preventable diseases.

 

 

 

Join Amanda Peet in the Fight to End Polio on World Polio Day

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Written by: Amanda Peet, Every Child By Two Vaccine Ambassador

Shot@Life035Last summer I traveled to Kenya as part of a UN Foundation/Every Child By Two delegation to ensure access to vaccines throughout the globe.  While there, our delegation traveled to a remote village to meet a little boy named Job Alphonse, who had recently contracted polio along with his sister and brother.  Sadly, Job’s mother confided that she had not vaccinated her children at the guidance of her former spiritual leader.  While three of her children had contracted polio, only Job’s case had caused permanent paralysis in his legs.

The community health nurses and UN staff explained that the family’s cases had galvanized Kenyans to conduct intense vaccination efforts to stop the spread of the disease in what was once a polio-free country.

amandavaxIt was heartwarming to meet families throughout the country who are truly grateful for the life-saving vaccines provided to…

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Which Do People Fear More? The Flu or Flu Vaccine

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CDC Flu Ambassador Badge FINAL 2014-2015Yesterday was the day I had been anxiously anticipating for well over a month.  I took my kids to the local senior center to get our flu shots at the county flu vaccination clinic.

While most Americans are worrying themselves sick over Ebola, I’m more concerned about the greater risk of influenza.  See, I’m no stranger to the fact that thousands of people die from iFlunfluenza each year. In fact, I’ve already read about several flu deaths being reported this season, to include a person from South Carolina and a child from North Carolina in just the past week though these deaths won’t get the media attention Ebola does.  And while the flu may not be widespread in my local area at this particular moment, it’s just a matter of time.  The flu arrives every year like a tornado on the midwestern plains.  Sometimes you get a little bit of a warning, but regardless of whether…

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EV-D68

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We were writing an update on EV-D68 when this email arrived from CDC. We think the points are important for parents to know, so we’re going to share this with you and will provide future updates as warranted.

As parents, we’re all concerned about this virus which isn’t really new, but has captured the nation’s attention. If you have questions, please ask them in the comments and we’ll get answers for you.

[This information is current as of 7 October, 2014 and has been slightly edited for length (believe it or not)]:

The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.

From mid-August to October 7, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 628* people in 44 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.** This indicates that at least one case has been detected in…

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Concern Over Enterovirus D68 Amidst Death of Asymptomatic Child

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EV68-map-thmbThe United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness. From mid-August to October 6, 2014, there have been a confirmed total of 594 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia diagnosed with the infection and five of those patients have since died.  While the role that EV-D68 infection played in four of these deaths is still being investigated at this time, the latest fatality of a four-year old boy from New Jersey is confirmed to have been associated with EV-D68.  As more cases appear across the country, and more questions arise about the symptoms – or lack of symptoms in the latest fatal case – parents are understandably growing concerned. What is this unfamiliar virus that is threatening the health of their otherwise healthy children?

The truth is that there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses which are fairly common through the summer and fall in the United…

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Five Reassuring Facts About Ebola

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Last night, as I sat in the airport waiting for to return home from the CDC’s National Immunization Conference in Atlanta, I caught a glimpse of CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden speaking at special press conference.   The news that an air traveler from Liberia was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States seemed to attract quite a bit of attention among passengers waiting at the gate.  While it appeared that many people were listening to Dr. Frieden’s comments, I couldn’t determine if their blank stares were due to fear or disinterest.

Honestly, there has been so much media attention on the Ebola outbreak over the past few months that I’ve refrained from writing about it.  But now, in response to yesterday’s announcement of Ebola in the US, I feel it’s important to try to diffuse some of the fear and misinformation surrounding Ebola.  So, in my “glass…

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