Mar 13, 2020

The Booster Bulletin: Your Weekly Dose of Immunization News

Wondering how to stay informed in our 24 hour news cycle without getting overwhelmed? Looking for the latest in immunization news, but not sure where to find it? Want to be engaged but don’t have a lot of time? We have a solution!

Each week we’ll review clips from across the U.S., from various news outlets and platforms, and bring you ten timely and relevant links - on a variety of immunization-related topics. If you are one of the many Americans who have recently found themselves working from home, we've even included a resource to help! Pour yourself a cup of coffee, and check out this week’s picks. 

"Prepare, Don’t Panic." To inform Nevadans statewide, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor's Office have created this website to better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada.

"Social Distancing at Work: Tips for Transitioning to Working from Home" Mikalee Byerman/Estipona Group (March 13, 2020)
We’ve all been seeing the calls to #FlattenTheCurve – essentially, the idea is that taking precautions like social distancing will help slow the spread of this novel coronavirus infection, thus reducing the number of active cases and giving a stressed healthcare system more time to better prepare and be less overwhelmed.

"A Call to Arms: Under Attack, Pro-Vaccine Doctors Fight Back” The New York Times (March 10, 2020)
Providers who defend vaccines face online death threats and negative reviews from fake patients. Now the staid medical establishment is finally speaking out. Brad Bigford, a traveling nurse practitioner from Boise, Idaho, jumped at the invitation: spend an afternoon at Fred’s Reel Barber Shop in nearby Meridian, offering the flu vaccine to customers.

"Flu season easing slightly, but not for children”  NBC News (March 6, 2020)
The U.S. is in the midst of a harsh flu season for children. At least 34 million Americans have been sickened with the flu so far this season and an estimated 20,000 people have died from it, with the illness taking a higher-than-expected toll on children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

"ICAN FOIA lawsuit – misrepresenting another non-win from anti-vaccine group” Skeptical Raptor (March 7, 2020)
The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) is an anti-vaccine organization, founded in 2016 by Del Bigtree, largely funded by a New York couple, Bernard and Lisa Selz. On March 4 and March 5, 2020, ICAN claimed a ‘win’ against the CDC that, they said, prevented CDC from claiming vaccines don’t cause autism. In reality, the ICAN Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit was settled, and the settlement doesn’t counter the existing scientific consensus that vaccines do not cause autism.

"What Makes Viruses Like COVID-19 Such a Risk for Human Beings? The Answer Goes Back Thousands of Years" TIME (March 11, 2020)
The history of a respiratory virus like measles can help to put the current coronavirus pandemic in perspective. Humans are distinctive animals in the number and nature of our pathogens — and especially in the number of respiratory viruses that infect us. COVID-19 is a new contender to join the permanent roster, but we are watching a pattern in human history repeat itself before our eyes.

Witness History: “The vaccine that saved millions” BBC (March 11, 2020)
In 1955, a group of U.S. scientists led by Dr. Jonas Salk announced the discovery of the first polio vaccine. It would go on to save millions from death and disability.  His son, Dr. Peter Salk, spoke to Witness History about his father's extraordinary achievement.

“Healthy Neighbors make a Healthier You” Reno Gazette Journal (March 12, 2020)
Northern Nevada is a connected community. And the more we consider ways to keep our neighbors healthy, the more we keep ourselves healthy. Please resist the temptation to panic, take precautions as necessary and seek out credible information as the situation continues to unfold. Sometimes, information is one of the greatest weapons we have against the spread of disease.

"Why will it take so long to make a coronavirus vaccine that can prevent COVID-19?" Los Angeles Times (March 12, 2020)
Nothing can stop a global outbreak in its tracks better than a vaccine. Unfortunately, creating a vaccine capable of preventing the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will probably take at least a year to 18 months, health officials say. 

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