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A vaccinia-based single vector construct multi-pathogen vaccine protects against both Zika and chikungunya viruses

A vaccinia-based single vector construct multi-pathogen vaccine protects against both Zika and chikungunya viruses | Virology News | Scoop.it
Zika and chikungunya viruses have caused major epidemics and are transmitted by Aedes aegypti and/or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. The “Sementis Copenhagen Vector” (SCV) system is a recently developed vaccinia-based, multiplication-defective, vaccine vector technology that allows manufacture in modified CHO cells. Herein we describe a single-vector construct SCV vaccine that encodes the structural polyprotein cassettes of both Zika and chikungunya viruses from different loci. A single vaccination of mice induces neutralizing antibodies to both viruses in wild-type and IFNAR−/− mice and protects against (i) chikungunya virus viremia and arthritis in wild-type mice, (ii) Zika virus viremia and fetal/placental infection in female IFNAR−/− mice, and (iii) Zika virus viremia and testes infection and pathology in male IFNAR−/− mice. To our knowledge this represents the first single-vector construct, multi-pathogen vaccine encoding large polyproteins, and offers both simplified manufacturing and formulation, and reduced “shot burden” for these often co-circulating arboviruses.
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Autism risk isn’t increased by the use of recommended childhood vaccines

Autism risk isn’t increased by the use of recommended childhood vaccines | Virology News | Scoop.it
Autism risk isn’t increased by the use of recommended childhood vaccines, U.S. health officials found in a study addressing parent concerns that too many immunizations may cause the disorder.
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A-frakkin'-men....

Sara Tilleman's curator insight, June 5, 2013 10:04 AM

Is it a myth that autism is caued by childhood vaccines?

Lejla Subasic's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:26 PM

This blog post interested me because the author talked about actual data and research conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics which stated that over one-thousand toddlers did not portray any different growth factors when being injected with recommended vaccines (George R, 2013). There have been many controversies about the MMR vaccine and the affects it could leave your child that I needed to read more of a data standpoint of an argument. One man simply stating that he developed ASD should not affect our decision on whether or not kids get vaccinated. I believe there should be research involved and also have parents at home researching about the vaccine to be informed themselves. I feel the need to say that some people are ignorant when it comes down to the safety of their children. I know it is in the best interest of the child for the parent to be shaken up by this vaccine leading to ASD, however, if we put into perspective of if they do not get vaccinated what are the chances they then develop other health concerns? This is why we all need to do our research and be informed about the situation before converting to a solid conclusion. The Confirmation Bias can be used to apply this issue to a real life situation by allowing the public to realize that giving their children vaccines will not harm them in any way. Quite the opposite to the vaccines causing harm, not giving your children the vaccines they need can actually cause them harm to their own health (George R, 2013). This blog post does not account for the influence of gender and sexual orientation because it is not attacking a specific group of individuals. This blog is towards parents and family members who assumed that the vaccine would cause them or their children harm. The blog is to make individuals aware of the situation and the misinformation they were given so that they are informed and are able to be given the vaccine. The conclusion of the blog is reasonable to the whole story because it is supported by the facts and the data conducted. The Autism Spectrum Disorder is stated to cause lack of emotional growth and social stability (Myers, 2014). Comparing this to the outcome of what could happen to kids if they took the shots amazes me. Parents are beyond terrified to put their children's health at danger that they are ruining their children's actual health by not giving them the full vaccines they need to mature and grow properly. 

 

                                            References:

George R. (2013, March). Autism risk isn’t increased by the use of     recommended childhood vaccines | LinkedIn. Retrieved from                    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Autism-risk-isn-t-increased-1351197.S.227541078?view=&gid=1351197&type=member&item=227541078&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-pst_ttle-cn

 

Myers, D. G. (2014). Exploring psychology in modules: With updates   on dsm-5. S.l.: Worth Pub.

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Vaccine messages: keep it simple

Vaccine messages: keep it simple | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new study has found that people find simple, fact-based vaccination messages most convincing. | Vaccines Today
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Amen.
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