Sequencing Matters for Vaccine

An interesting paradigm is developing in the vaccine literature between specific and non-specific effects of vaccination. Specific vaccine effects give disease protection and are independent of the order in which vaccines are given. Non-specific effects refer to the effects a vaccine might have on the overall immune system, which seems to depend on the order of vaccination.

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Insurable but Uninsured

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), known affectionately as Obamacare, promises to insure more, spend less, and achieve better health for all. As one of many medical students who takes care of the uninsured, I have been brainstorming ways to help our patients enroll in New York’s health care exchange. What hadn’t occurred to me is that our patients might opt for our free student-run clinic services instead of coverage under the ACA.

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