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U.S. Navy is a Leader Developing Malaria Vaccine

By Dr. Eileen Villasante, Head, Malaria Department, and Capt. Judith Epstein, Clinical Director, Malaria Department, Naval Medical Research Center U.S. military forces are at great risk of developing malaria while deployed in endemic areas. In fact, more person-days were lost among U.S. military personnel due to malaria than to bullets during every military campaign fought in malaria-endemic regions during the …

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Saving Lives Through Vaccination

By Mary Buskohl-Coulton, immunizations supervisory nurse specialist, Naval Hospital Jacksonville National Infant Immunization Week is April 26 – May 3. It is a week set aside to help parents understand the importance of protecting infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases. There are numerous myths and misinformation about vaccine safety that can often confuse parents. The bottom line: vaccines save lives. …

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Navy Medicine Researchers Work to Prevent Travelers’ Diarrhea

By Cmdr. Mark Riddle, head, enteric diseases department, Naval Medical Research Center Let’s talk about travelers’ diarrhea and the possibility of a vaccine to prevent it.  Not a subject you would expect to read about in a Navy Medicine blog but a very important subject for operational health, as well as global health.   While it’s often referred to among …

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Navy Medicine Continues Work on Malaria Vaccine

From Capt. Judith Epstein, malaria vaccine development program, Naval Medical Research Center When it comes to the malaria parasite, how dangerous is a mosquito to deployed Sailors and Marines?  Malaria, caused by the protozoan Plasmodium which is carried by a mosquito, is responsible for more suffering and death across the world than any other parasite. More person-days were lost among …

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Infant Immunization Week: Protecting Infants from Preventable Diseases

By Capt. Joseph McQuade, M.D., director for Public Health, Naval Hospital Jacksonville To mark National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28), I’d like to call attention to the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventative diseases.  To address the myths and misinformation about vaccine safety that often confuse parents, know that the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply …

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