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Diphtheria is a disease caused by a bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, that usually affects the tonsils, throat, nose and/or skin. It is passed from person to person by droplet transmission, usually by breathing in diphtheria bacteria after an infected person has coughed or sneezed. Although diphtheria disease is rare in the U.S., it appears that C diphtheriae continues to circulate in areas of the country with previously endemic diphtheria. Diphtheria also occurs in many other parts of the world.
Stable liquid technology will enable vaccines to be stored for long periods without refrigeration and reconstitution

Stable liquid technology will enable vaccines to be stored for long periods without refrigeration and reconstitution

Increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Indiana

Increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Indiana

Link between eosinophils and asthma

Link between eosinophils and asthma

No discernible link between the three-in-one vaccine and child behavioural problems

No discernible link between the three-in-one vaccine and child behavioural problems

Changes to the UK's childhood vaccination programme

Changes to the UK's childhood vaccination programme

The British government has announced plans for a new combined vaccination for babies and children

The British government has announced plans for a new combined vaccination for babies and children

America's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels

America's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels

Tetanus protection requires booster shots every 10 years, starting in adolescence

Tetanus protection requires booster shots every 10 years, starting in adolescence

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

Lingering outbreak of pertussis in four Chicago-area counties

Lingering outbreak of pertussis in four Chicago-area counties

Health-care providers can now review and update immunization records for patients online

Health-care providers can now review and update immunization records for patients online

Australian expansion of school-based Meningococcal C Vaccination program

Australian expansion of school-based Meningococcal C Vaccination program

Vaccination Week in the Americas in full swing

Vaccination Week in the Americas in full swing

Indiana promotes National Infant Immunization Week

Indiana promotes National Infant Immunization Week

PAHO's revolving fund for immunization

PAHO's revolving fund for immunization