Free shingles vaccination coming next month for those deemed more vulnerable
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(CTV News) — The Quebec government announced Monday that free shingles vaccination for Quebecers aged 80 and over and immunocompromised people aged 18 and over will be available next month.

The free shingles vaccination for certain seniors was provided for in the last budget presented to the national assembly by Finance  …

Experimental cancer vaccine combined with immunotherapy delayed return of melanoma, Moderna & Merck say
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(Jamie Gumbrecht/ CNN News) — New data from a trial of an investigational mRNA vaccine shows that it reduced the risk of recurrence of the serious skin cancer melanoma when combined with immunotherapy, according to drugmakers Moderna and Merck.

In a trial of 157 people who had had surgery to treat melanoma, 78.6% of those  …

With cases rising, how effective is the updated booster against Covid?
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(Katie McCallum/ Houston Medicine) — As we’ve learned over the last year, COVID-19 variants are to be expected.

Thankfully, the mRNA technology powering our COVID-19 vaccines provides us with a way to respond when variants not only arise but predominate, as is the case with the highly infectious omicron variant.  …

Vaccines could mean only one Pap smear test a lifetime
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(James Gallagher/ BBC News) — Women who have the HPV vaccine may need only one smear test to help prevent cervical cancer in their lifetime, according to a leading scientist.

Women are currently invited for screening every three to five years in the UK.

Prof Peter Sasieni said the vaccine was leading to such dramatic reductions

Pregnant women with COVID-19 at higher risk of stillbirths
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(Saba Aziz/ Global News) — A new study has revealed the deadly toll COVID-19 can take on the babies of unvaccinated pregnant women, underlining the importance of vaccination for expecting mothers.

The peer-reviewed research published in the journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine on Feb.  …

If approved, the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine could help reduce vaccine hesitancy
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(Joshua Cohen/ Forbes) — While Novavax hasn’t yet sought approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its more conventional Covid-19 vaccine, it has recently applied for licensing its vaccine in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the U.K. This hasn’t gained much traction in the U.S. media, which  …

Why it’s normal for COVID-19 vaccine immunity to wane, and how booster shots can help
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(Julian Daniel, Sunday Willett/ The Conversation) — Vaccines are the holy grails of disease prevention. These medical marvels confer significant protection against diseases — whether a childhood infection, annual influenza or a novel coronavirus — that can easily cause undue suffering.

The polio vaccine prevents  …

Experimental vaccine shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis
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(Emily Henderson/ News Medical Net) — Researchers at The University of Toledo have developed an experimental vaccine that shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease that cannot currently be cured.

The findings, detailed in a paper published in the journal Proceedings  …

The scientific process needs to be better explained for the vaccine hesitant
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(Marc-Antoine De La Vega/ The Conversation) — When I first wrote about the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in early March 2020, the question was whether or not the new virus would become a pandemic. At the time, most experts believed that we had already reached the point of no return.

Today, 18 months later, the answer is clear. You don’t  …

CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19
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(Lauren Neergaard/ The Associated Press) — New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death even as the extra-contagious Delta variant swept the country.

One study tracked over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 states from April through mid-July.  …

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