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Reason for surge in plague cases remains unknown

September 3, 2015

A recent report in MMWR, detailing the 12 cases of human plague reported this year, noted that the reason behind the surge remains unclear.

“Plague is a rare, life-threatening, flea-borne zoonosis caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis,” researcher Natalie Kwit, DVM, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “During 2001-2012, the annual number of human plague cases reported in the United States ranged from one to 17 (median = three cases). It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual.”

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Children infected with vaccine-derived polio in Ukraine

September 2, 2015
Two children have contracted circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 with accompanying paralysis in southwestern Ukraine, according to WHO.“Discussions are…
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Interventions increase vaccination rates for pediatric rheumatology patients

September 2, 2015
Simple practice-level interventions increased the pneumococcal vaccination coverage rate of pediatric patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and others on…
In the Journals

National vaccine coverage of children remains high

August 31, 2015
Nationwide vaccination of children aged 19 to 35 months remained high for almost all recommended vaccinations between 2013 and 2014, according to a report in MMWR
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Prevention of Meningococcal Infections in the First 2 Years of Life

Pediatric Annals, August 2013, Volume 42 Issue 8
CME Educational Objectives 1.Review the current epidemiology of meningococcal disease in…
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Immunization An Update

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

In the current environment of increasing vaccine refusal, the pediatrician has a powerful role to play as a trusted…
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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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B. pertussis uncommon in infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis

July 7, 2015
Bordetella pertussis was uncommon among infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis during the winter season, as well as during interepidemic periods of…
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Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine also safe, effective in younger boys, girls

June 30, 2015
Recent study data showed that Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine also is safe and effective in boys and girls aged 9 to 15 years, advancing previous research…
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WHO measles eradication effort progresses in South-East Asia

June 30, 2015
WHO made significant progress toward its goal of eliminating measles and controlling congenital rubella syndrome in the South-East Asia Region by…

ACIP recommends changes to smallpox guidelines

June 26, 2015
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices unanimously recommended that anyone with possible exposure to orthopoxvirus be evaluated…
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California Assembly passes mandatory vaccination bill

June 26, 2015
The California Assembly has passed Senate Bill 277, legislation that eliminates the “personal belief” exemption and requires all…
ACIP recommends changes in pneumococcal, influenza vaccines

ACIP recommends changes in pneumococcal, influenza vaccines

June 25, 2015
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to accept recommendation proposals concerning the interval between receipt of pneumococcal…
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ACIP recommends meningitis B vaccine as category B

June 25, 2015
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 14-1 to accept proposed recommendations for serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.Serogroup B…
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ACIP votes to update general recommendations

June 25, 2015
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously to support several changes to the general recommendations for immunizations.These…
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Prompt deployment effectively contained 2013 school TB outbreak

June 23, 2015
A recent report published in MMWR highlights the effectiveness of rapid incident command system deployment at suppressing the spread of tuberculosis…
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Rotavirus vaccine reduces hospitalization rates of acute gastroenteritis

June 22, 2015
Results from a recent study show that hospitalization rates of pediatric patients aged younger than 5 years with acute gastroenteritis declined…
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