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Vaccine coverage for kindergartners remains high; exemptions stay low

August 27, 2015

Nationwide vaccination coverage of children entering kindergarten in the 2014-2015 school year remained high, while exemption rates for medical, philosophical and religious reasons remained low for most states, according to a report in MMWR.

“For our nation’s immunization system, today is report card day, even before many schools even open,” Anne Schuchat, MD, assistant surgeon general, said at a news conference. “Overall, the news is gratifying. Though they may not always get the headlines, the overwhelming majority of parents continue to protect their children with recommended vaccinations.”

Walter A. Orenstein, MD In the Journals

IPV safety reinforced ahead of worldwide adoption

August 26, 2015
In anticipation of the worldwide replacement of live oral polio vaccine with inactivated polio vaccine, a comprehensive study has confirmed that the replacement vaccine…
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One-dose cholera vaccine may be more effective during epidemic

August 25, 2015
When vaccine supplies are limited, a single dose of oral cholera vaccine may effectively prevent more cases and deaths than a standard two-dose strategy, according to…
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New guidelines aim to reduce vaccine injection pain

August 25, 2015
New guidelines published in CMAJ propose recommendations for all health care workers to employ to minimize the amount of pain induced by vaccines, in both children and…
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Childhood Immunization Policies and the Prevention of Communicable Disease

Pediatric Annals, March 2011, Volume 40 Issue 3
1. Review the process through which vaccines are licensed and recommendations are developed for routine use.2. Discuss…
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Pediatric Annals April 2015

Vaccines: April 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Vaccine refusal and hesitancy to vaccinate has been a growing problem in the past 2-3 decades. Perhaps victims of our…
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Vaccine acceptance strategies must affirm safety, efficacy of vaccines

Vaccine acceptance strategies must affirm safety, efficacy of vaccines

May 6, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children Editorial Board member, highlights some…
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Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, MD, PhD In the Journals

Meta-analysis shows no association between vaccination, IBD risk

August 14, 2015
Data from a recent meta-analysis showed there is no evidence of an association between vaccinations and risk for developing inflammatory bowel…
Emphasis on danger of preventable diseases eases vaccine hesitancy In the Journals

Emphasis on danger of preventable diseases eases vaccine hesitancy

August 13, 2015
Physicians highlighting the danger and potential harm related to vaccine-preventable diseases are more likely to change parents’ attitudes on…
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CYD-TDV dengue vaccine may reduce hospitalization risk in children

August 11, 2015
A candidate tetravalent dengue vaccine may reduce the risk for hospitalization among children living in endemic regions, although the benefit for…
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Physician response to ban on nonmedical vaccine exemptions will define success

Infectious Diseases in Children, August 2015
As public support continues to swell for legislation to eliminate the “personal belief” exemption, requiring all schoolchildren to be…
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Lax vaccination policies heighten risk for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks

Infectious Diseases in Children, August 2015
Between December 2014 and February 2015, 125 measles cases were confirmed among U.S. residents in connection with the California-Disneyland measles…
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CDC publishes ACIP 2015-2016 influenza vaccine guidelines

August 6, 2015
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices published updated influenza vaccination recommendations for the 2015-2016 influenza…
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Rotarix reduces rotavirus infection rates in vaccinated, unvaccinated populations

August 6, 2015
Rates of rotavirus infection and acute gastroenteritis hospitalizations rapidly declined in both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations within the…
In the Journals

OPV protects against infectious disease mortality

August 5, 2015
Oral polio vaccine given at birth to children in resource-limited countries is safe and also may be protective against other deadly infectious…
In the Journals

Two-dose chickenpox vaccination program reduces US outbreaks by 78%

August 3, 2015
A routine two-dose varicella vaccination program launched in 2007 has drastically reduced the number of chickenpox outbreaks in the United States, a…
Polio vaccination programs face challenges in high-conflict areas In the Journals

Polio vaccination programs face challenges in high-conflict areas

August 3, 2015
The path to polio eradication, especially in high-conflict areas such as Pakistan and Nigeria, is blocked by operational challenges, limited disease…
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