Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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

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 controlling mosquito vectors. Although outbreaks of Zika virus have brought this particular disease to the forefront in recent years, it is only one of several mosquito-borne illnesses that infect and kill people each year.

“We’re aware of Zika because it is new on the public health radar and it’s a significant issue, but the burden of disease and the amount of illness caused by diseases like dengue and chikungunya in areas around the world is considerable every single year,” Matt Zahn, MD, chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Public Health Committee, told Infectious Disease News. “Having a vaccine that would protect against these diseases and generally against a vector that is one of the larger spreaders of serious viral infections would be a huge advance.”

In the Journals

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, according to a recent
In the Journals

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 multiple regions of the…
In the Journals

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 childhood encephalitis is

Adult Immunization and Its Impact on Children

Pediatric Annals, August 2013, Volume 42 Issue 8
CME Educational Objectives 1.Review the incidence of selected vaccine-preventable diseases in the adult population. 2…
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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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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

Meeting News Coverage

Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
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Pharmacology Consult

Preventing and responding to college campus outbreaks

Infectious Disease News, January 2017
Leah Molloy, PharmD
Life on a college campus is synonymous with crowded academic and athletic environments, social events and dormitory residences, all of which create…

At Issue

ACIP recommends against using LAIV in US

Infectious Diseases in Children, January 2017
In June, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, voted not to recommend the live-attenuated influenza vaccine, or…

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Influenza vaccine ‘desperately’ needs improvement

Infectious Diseases in Children, January 2017
The current seasonal influenza vaccine is not perfect, but experts agree that it remains the best available tool for fighting influenza — at…

In the Journals PlusPerspective

Fractional-dose IPV noninferior to full-dose IPV

January 17, 2017
Researchers in Cuba reported similar immune responses in recipients administered with fractional-dose inactivated poliovirus vaccine compared with

Healthy Baby/Healthy Child

Human Papillomavirus and the HPV Vaccine: Where Are We Today?

Pediatric Annals, January 2017, Volume 46 Issue 1
Vaccine discussions are an important part of the general pediatrician's day. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, in particular, has been slow to…

In the Journals

Topical lidocaine effective pain reliever during infant vaccination

January 13, 2017
Liposomal lidocaine, when used in combination with parental video instruction and orally administered sucrose, reduced acute pain during routine…

Trump’s meeting with ‘vaccine cynic’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. raises concerns

January 11, 2017
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of scientifically disproven claims about the safety of vaccines, said he was asked by President-elect…

Cancer centers endorse shortened HPV vaccine series, emphasize need for physician advocacy

January 11, 2017
The 69 NCI–designated cancer centers today endorsed the CDC’s revised guideline that calls for administration of the HPV vaccine in two…

WHO reports record-low number of polio cases in Pakistan

January 5, 2017
Cases of wild poliovirus hit a record-low in Pakistan last year, according to WHO. As of Dec. 21, WHO reported 19 confirmed cases of wild poliovirus…

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Researchers observe waning influenza vaccine effectiveness

January 4, 2017
During a recent 4-year period, researchers observed a monthly decrease in protection of the influenza vaccine, including up to 11% per month for one…

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