August 2020

Is BCG Vaccination History Linked to Less Severe COVID-19?
COVID-19 patients in Rhode Island appeared to have less serious cases if they had previously received the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination, according to a Brown University study. Find out what patient group was studied and why the researchers think the tuberculosis vaccine might have that effect.


Postinfection Vaccination, Antivirals Don’t Lower Stroke Risk After Shingles
The risk of stroke goes up with herpes zoster (HZ) infection, but, at that point, vaccination and antivirals do not appear to help much. A CDC study looked at more than 87,000 patients who had HZ and acute ischemic stroke to reach that conclusion. Here is why the authors advise that prevention with vaccine is the best strategy.

Facebook Posts Contribute to Hesitancy, Avoidance of HPV Vaccine
IPharmacists and other healthcare professionals promoting immunization against the human papillomavirus (HPV) have a tough road ahead of them, according to a new study tracking the trends. Learn how much Facebook posts have promoted antivaxxer views about the HPV vaccine, which helps prevent cancer.

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