Top Story

Misplaced fear

December 18, 2014

When it comes to Ebola, the public is demonstrating its fear and paranoia with measures ranging from buying personal hazmat suits to excluding children from schools who were in countries next to countries with Ebola. Government officials are quarantining individuals. The media is reporting about “shelved vaccines” and the need to now rush these vaccines through research and development. This is in bizarre contradiction to the increasing resistance to well-studied vaccines that prevent the diseases that actually pose a risk to children.

Ebola virus is highly unlikely to infect anyone in this country except health professionals or caregivers taking care of patients with Ebola. However, there are a number of diseases that will without a doubt kill people in the United States this year, including pneumococcus, influenza, and pertussis. Parents remain more fearful of vaccines than these endemic, deadly diseases. Influenza alone will kill 50,000 people. Why are people scared of Ebola, and not influenza? It doesn’t make sense.

Astride Jules In the Journals

Despite increase, full influenza vaccination coverage remained below 50%

December 15, 2014
From 2000 to 2001 through 2010 to 2011, influenza vaccination increased among children living in Tennessee, but the proportion of fully vaccinated children remained less…
Leah Smith In the Journals

HPV vaccination status, adolescent sexual behavior unrelated

December 12, 2014
HPV vaccination did not have a significant effect on indicators of sexual behavior among adolescent girls, according to recent study findings.Leah M. Smith
FDA News

FDA approves Sanofi's quadrivalent flu vaccine

December 12, 2014
The FDA today approved an intradermal quadrivalent influenza vaccine containing two influenza A and two influenza B strains, according to a press release from the…
5 Questions

A Conversation with Samuel L. Katz, MD

Pediatric Annals, August 2012, Volume 41 Issue 8
More »
CME

Immunization An Update

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

In the current environment of increasing vaccine refusal, the pediatrician has a powerful role to play as a trusted…
More »
Meeting News Coverage Video
thumbnail for video 3911388507001

Student education, immunization requirements necessary to prevent outbreaks on college campuses

November 28, 2014
NEW YORK — James C. Turner, MD, executive director of the department of student health and the National Social…
More »

Misplaced fear

December 18, 2014
When it comes to Ebola, the public is demonstrating its fear and paranoia with measures ranging from buying personal hazmat suits to excluding…
Astride Jules In the Journals

Despite increase, full influenza vaccination coverage remained below 50%

December 15, 2014
From 2000 to 2001 through 2010 to 2011, influenza vaccination increased among children living in Tennessee, but the proportion of fully vaccinated…
Leah Smith In the Journals

HPV vaccination status, adolescent sexual behavior unrelated

December 12, 2014
HPV vaccination did not have a significant effect on indicators of sexual behavior among adolescent girls, according to recent study findings.Leah
FDA News

FDA approves Sanofi's quadrivalent flu vaccine

December 12, 2014
The FDA today approved an intradermal quadrivalent influenza vaccine containing two influenza A and two influenza B strains, according to a press…
Karen Midthun, MD FDA approvals

FDA approves 9-valent HPV vaccine for certain cancers

December 10, 2014
The FDA today approved a new vaccine for the prevention of certain diseases caused by HPV that has the potential to prevent approximately 90% of…

Experimental Ebola vaccines granted US legal immunity

December 9, 2014
Three experimental Ebola vaccines have received legal protection from liability and compensation claims, according to a press release. Under the…
In the Journals

Single clone responsible for most MenW cases in England, Wales

December 8, 2014
The increase of invasive meningococcal group W cases throughout England and Wales is the result of a single clone that belongs to the ST-11…
Thomas Frieden Perspective

CDC: Unprotected influenza strain prevalent; severe season expected

December 4, 2014
The high prevalence of a drifted influenza A(H3N2) strain could lead to a worse influenza season, CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH,
thumbnail for video 3918683363001 Meeting News CoverageVideo

Update on promising vaccines in the pipeline

December 3, 2014
NEW YORK — Mark H. Sawyer, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at University of California San Diego, offers his insight on the vaccines in…
In the Journals

AAP, ACIP revise recommendation for PCV13 among children at high risk for IPD

December 1, 2014
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the AAP have updated recommendations for use of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate…
More Headlines »
morganatic-roan