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Vaccine advocacy program effective in reducing parental vaccine hesitancy

April 25, 2017

A community-based intervention using parent advocacy was successful in promoting vaccine-positive attitudes over the course of 3 years in Washington state childcare centers, preschools and schools.

“Strong negative rhetoric about vaccines can circulate widely on social media. Some parents feel hesitant about early childhood vaccines and may delay or refuse some or all vaccines, which may put others in their community at risk,” Clarissa Hsu, PhD, principal investigator of the study from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, said in a press release. “This project was designed to counterbalance prevalent anti-vaccine messages that do not reflect the fact that most — at least four in five — people vaccinate their kids and are supportive of vaccines.”

Q&A: A message to clinicians during World Immunization Week

April 24, 2017
World Immunization Week is acknowledged annually during the last week of April to raise awareness of the importance of child and adult immunizations, which prevent an…

World Meningitis Day: Parents urged to 'trust their instincts' with symptoms, seek medical help

April 24, 2017
Vaccination against meningitis and knowledge of the disease’s symptoms and progression are stressed on this year’s theme for World Meningitis Day on April
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Stringent state-level vaccine exemption policies reduced measles outbreak risk

April 24, 2017
Strengthening relaxed non-medical vaccine exemption policies in states and localities within the United States to increase coverage can reduce the health and economic
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Vaccinating Teens: Current Guidelines, Challenges, and Opportunities

Pediatric Annals, August 2010, Volume 39 Issue 8
The widespread use of vaccines and consequent reductions in vaccine-preventable illnesses has been heralded as one of…
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Operation Immunization 2016: Enhancing HPV Immunization

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

During the last decade, several new vaccines, including the meningococcal conjugate (MCV4), tetanus, diphtheria…
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Maternal immunization confers needed infant protection against influenza, pertussis

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Recent surge in European measles cases driven by vaccination gaps

April 5, 2017
Health officials warned that a recent surge in measles cases in Europe is being driven by below-target vaccination rates and is threatening the…

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Gardasil safe for pregnant women, researchers say

March 31, 2017
Exposure to the Gardasil quadrivalent HPV vaccine during pregnancy appears to be safe, according to a large nationwide cohort study in Denmark. …

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Inexpensive, oral bovine rotavirus vaccine effective for children

March 28, 2017
Three doses of a live, low-cost and heat-stable oral bovine rotavirus pentavalent vaccine could prevent cases of severe rotavirus gastroenteritis in…

CDC: Incidence of influenza-like illnesses, deaths remain elevated in US

March 28, 2017
Despite a decrease in influenza activity in the United States, the number of outpatient visits and deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza…

NIH investigates single vaccine to protect against several mosquito-borne viruses

March 27, 2017
With mosquito-borne illnesses posing an ongoing public health threat around the world, there is a significant need for advances in combating and…

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Parental perceptions about influenza vaccine inhibit uptake

March 24, 2017
The way in which the childhood influenza vaccine is perceived has a strong connection with uptake, intended uptake and opinion of side effects

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ASCO issues global guidance on HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer

March 22, 2017
The American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, has released the first guideline on primary prevention of cervical cancer that accommodate…

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Despite decline in mumps encephalitis, all-cause encephalitis continues to rise

March 22, 2017
Although hospital admissions for encephalitis related to measles and mumps has decreased significantly in England, the incidence of all-cause

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Serial influenza vaccination reduces risk for hospitalization

March 22, 2017
In Australia, patients who were vaccinated against influenza during the current and previous season were less likely to develop severe illnesses…

Measles outbreak in Romania grows to 3,400 cases, threatens region

March 13, 2017
National public health officials said an ongoing measles outbreak in Romania has infected more than 3,400 people and killed at least 17 despite an…

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