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More than 8 million US children, adolescents susceptible to measles

October 8, 2015

SAN DIEGO — Analysis of measles vaccination coverage data in the United States indicated that one in eight children and adolescents are at risk for measles infection, making the entire population vulnerable to widespread outbreaks, according to a presentation at IDWeek 2015.

“I think it’s important to point out that these results are not either totally alarming nor totally reassuring,” researcher Robert Bednarczyk, PhD, of the departments of global health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “Right now, we are seeing measles immunity levels that are sufficient to prevent sustained transmission, just as we have since 2000. But, the buffer that we have before we reach insufficient immunity levels is not very large, and we need to not get complacent. All children who are medically able to receive measles vaccine should be vaccinated at the recommended schedule.”

Nicola P. Klein, MD, PhD Meeting News Coverage

Pertussis protection diminishes similarly after five doses of DTaP 3

October 8, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Waning of three-component DTaP 3 after five doses is similar to that of any other DTaP vaccines after five doses, according to data presented at IDWeek…
Early preparation aid physician, college students in transition to adult care At Issue

Early preparation aid physician, college students in transition to adult care

Infectious Diseases in Children, October 2015
While children are expected to transition from pediatrician- to adult-oriented health care when aged 18 to 21 years, college students are notoriously lax in finding…
College campus outbreaks require timely public health response Cover Story

College campus outbreaks require timely public health response

Infectious Diseases in Children, October 2015
After the ninth case of serogroup B invasive meningococcal disease, linked to a Princeton University outbreak, claimed the life of a student in March 2014, CDC officials…
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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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Immunization Updates 2015: Pediatrics & Adolescents

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

Despite the proven remarkable effectiveness of vaccines and the striking global impact of immunization campaigns in…
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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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2013-2014 influenza season records indicate greater H1N1 immunity among younger people

August 17, 2015
Unlike the 2009 pandemic influenza season when influenza A(H1N1) pmd09 was last predominant, the 2013-2014 season’s mortality risk factors…

5 vaccine stories to consider for National Immunization Awareness Month

August 17, 2015
Early in 2015, a measles outbreak at California’s Disneyland infected 52 people with the vaccine-preventable disease. Since then, calls for…
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…
In the Journals

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…
Paul Offit At Issue

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…
David Kimberlin Cover StoryPublication Exclusive

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…
In the JournalsPerspective

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…
In the Journals

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…
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