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Trivia Corner: Vaccine-preventable Disease Acquired
What is one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases acquired during travel?
Feature Article: Whooping Cough Update
The number of people being diagnosed with whooping cough (pertussis) has continued to rise since
news of an outbreak was first announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in
Get more information about current cases and learn more about whooping cough
and how to prevent it»
Spotlight: My Experience With Shingles
started out like any other, but soon it turned into a day full of pain and discomfort.
Kevin first noticed a blister on the right side of his head when he took off his motorcycle
helmet. The next day, this blister turned into a trail of redness and soon, Kevin also had a
blister on his forehead and right eyebrow. Eventually, his right eye swelled. After seeing a
doctor, Kevin was diagnosed with shingles and prescribed medicine. Although Kevin’s shingles rash
went away after 10 days, pain and numbness lingered where the rash had been. Nine months later,
another shingles rash developed.
To this day, a year later, Kevin still experiences residual pain and sensitivity where he had
shingles blisters. Every day he takes special care not to touch his scars because, if he does, the
pain is unbearable.
Did You Know? One Virus Causes Chickenpox and
If you have ever had chickenpox, you can get shingles because the virus that causes
chickenpox also causes shingles. After a chickenpox infection, the virus lives silently in the
nerves. When the virus re-awakens, usually due to age or a weakening immune system, it causes
shingles, a very painful rash that typically occurs along a nerve path.
Ask the VEC: Incorrect Hepatitis A Vaccine
Q. My grandson received an adult dose of the hepatitis A vaccine instead of a
child’s dose; will he be harmed?
A. While child dosing is meant to provide sufficient immunity with the least
amount of vaccine, it is unlikely that receiving the adult dose of the hepatitis A vaccine will
harm your grandson. Although he could be more likely to experience side effects caused by the
vaccine, such as a sore arm or headache up to four days after the shot, your grandson should be
Around the World: Global Polio Status and
Although smallpox is the only vaccine-preventable disease that has been eradicated, we are close
to having a second disease eradicated — polio. However, polio transmission has never been
stopped in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Nigeria. Further, outbreaks, typically due to international
travel, continue to occur in other countries. Because the disease spreads through travel and
because continued funding and cooperation are imperative to finishing the job, we all must do our
part to accomplish this awesome task.
Be protected during travel
Because polio spreads across borders, travelers should be sure they are immune before
international trips. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently
updated the list of destinations that may increase one’s chance for exposure. The list includes not
only Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, but also other countries such as China, India and
the complete list on the CDC’s website.
Travelers should always check with healthcare providers to be sure immunizations are up to
date and discuss other safety measures, such as proper hand hygiene and safe water and food
Learn more about preparing for travel»
To bring the goal of global polio eradication to fruition, The End of Polio campaign was
started by the
Global Poverty Project.
The End of Polio campaign is the world's largest peace-time effort, with more than 20
million health workers and volunteers working to support efforts already in place to eradicate
polio (i.e. the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary International, UNICEF, the World Health
Organization, and the Gates Foundation programs).
By working to increase public support for polio eradication and encouraging government
leaders to provide funding, leaders of The End of Polio campaign hope polio can finally be
eradicated. According to Judith Rowland, who works for the Global Poverty Project: “Polio
eradication is possible and steps to inform the government of this interest will have tangible and
concrete effects on the fight against polio.”
Learn more about The End of Polio