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Pertussis incidence significantly declines in New York after legislation

Pertussis incidence significantly declines in New York after legislation
April 30, 2016

BALTIMORE — Data presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting showed that pertussis incidence decreased by more than 50% after the Neonatal Pertussis Prevention Act was passed in New York in 2013. The act requires that Tdap vaccine be offered to caregivers during birth hospitalization.

“The data shows that passage of the Neonatal Infant Pertussis Act [NPPA] was associated with a reduced incidence of disease in children in each age group studied,” Shetal I. Shah, MD, FAAP, at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital of the Westchester (N.Y.) Medical Center Health Network, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “This is associative, as we were unable to track actual parental and caregiver Tdap immunization rates.”

Six measles cases reported in Tennessee outbreak

April 28, 2016
Tennessee Department of Health officials have reported six cases of measles — five among unvaccinated infants and one in an unvaccinated adult — with that…

Harvard mumps outbreak reaches 41 confirmed cases

April 27, 2016
The current outbreak of mumps among Harvard University students, faculty and staff continues to grow, with 41 confirmed cases, according to Harvard University Health…
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Health workers identify motivators for OPV refusal in Pakistan

April 26, 2016
Health workers reported that parents in regions of Pakistan where polio is still endemic refuse oral polio vaccines for their children due to misconceptions related to…

One More Shot for the Road: A Review and Update of Vaccinations for Pediatric International Travelers

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