Vaccinations

Health
7:38 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Duke Researchers Find Racial Disparity In HPV Infections

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) found in a Pap smear
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A study out of Duke University suggests the HPV vaccine might not be as effective for African-American women. 

The vaccine protects against two subtypes of the Human papillomavirus that cause 70 percent of cases that develop into cervical cancer, but researchers found black women are half as likely as white women to be infected with those strains. 

The findings could help explain racial discrepancies in the rates of cancer.

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Health
4:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers

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Workers at state DHHS healthcare facilities are being required to get flu shots.  Secretary Aldona Vos  is implementing the policy to fall in line with what some hospitals have done to protect patients' health. 

More than 10,000 employees and volunteers will have until December first to be vaccinated.  Luckey Welsh is interim director of the DHHS division of state-operated facilities that house mentally and developmentally disabled patients.

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Health
7:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Duke Identifies Shortcomings In HIV Vaccine

HIV microscope image
Credit Duke University

Researchers at Duke University are using a flaw in an HIV vaccine in order to develop new formulas to fight off the virus. 

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Health
5:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Vaccination Incentive Program Draws Fire

A vaccination incentive program for students in Orange County's school districts is drawing criticism from some parents. The county Health Department is entering students into a drawing for an iPod or laptop if they get immunized for meningitis this month. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district says it has received 19 complaints. Alan Phillips says the drawing puts undue pressure on his children to get the vaccination, which is not required to enroll in school.

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