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Changing focus of HPV vaccine discussion could increase immunization rates

August 21, 2014

Missed opportunities for HPV vaccination are related to parents’ and physicians’ assumptions about the timing of vaccination relative to onset of sexual activity, according to study findings in Pediatrics.

Rebecca B. Perkins, MD, MSc, of Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, and colleagues conducted parent and physician interviews at an inner-city public clinic and three private practices between September 2012 and August 2013. The study cohort included 124 parents who accompanied their daughters, aged 11 to 17 years, to pediatric well-child visits or problem visits, 30 primary care providers and seven nurses. Interviews determined parental and provider views on why eligible girls did or did not receive HPV vaccination.

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Emphasis on child’s direct benefit increased parents’ intent to vaccinate with MMR

August 18, 2014
Parents’ intentions to vaccinate their infants with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine increased if their physician emphasized benefits directly to the child…
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MenC vaccine demonstrates significant, long-lasting herd immunity

August 15, 2014
The meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccine provided herd immunity for unvaccinated individuals that lasted at least 10 years, according to researchers at the…
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PCV13 linked to decreased IPD incidence in Denmark

August 4, 2014
Use of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine reduced the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease and related deaths in Denmark, according to recent…
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Taking a ‘PASS’ on Alternative Immunization Schedules

Pediatric Annals, October 2013, Volume 42 Issue 10
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Immunization An Update

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

8/1/2013
In the current environment of increasing vaccine refusal, the pediatrician has a powerful role to play as a trusted…
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Two doses of varicella vaccine more effective than one

June 23, 2014
A two dose regimen of varicella vaccine provided more protection than a one dose regimen among school-aged children, according to study findings in…
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The Vicar of Vicarious Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Pediatric Annals, June 2014, Volume 43 Issue 6
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Pertussis cases reach epidemic proportions in California

June 17, 2014
California has reported more than 800 cases of pertussis in the past 2 weeks, and the number of cases has reached epidemic proportions, according to…
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Seizures, skin lesions common indicators of HSV in infants

June 16, 2014
Physicians should consider herpes simplex virus meningoencephalitis among infants aged younger than 3 months, especially if infants experience…
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WHO: Two doses of measles vaccine needed in eastern Mediterranean region

June 13, 2014
To achieve measles elimination in the eastern Mediterranean region, an increase in second-dose vaccination is needed, particularly in countries with…

CDC: Progress made in global polio eradication since 2012

June 10, 2014
In the past 2 years, there has been significant progress toward polio eradication despite an upsurge of cases in 2013, according to a report in…
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MMRV vaccine increased risk for febrile seizures

June 10, 2014
Canadian children who received the combination measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine were at twice the risk for febrile seizures compared with…
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Varicella incidence rates decrease while vaccination rates increase

June 9, 2014
Varicella incidence and hospitalization rates have decreased among children since the introduction of varicella vaccine 15 years ago, according to…
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IPD, pneumonia rates remain high among children with chronic conditions

June 5, 2014
Despite widespread use of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and an overall decline in rates of invasive pneumococcal disease, pneumonia, and…
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Rotavirus infection uncommon in Nicaragua after routine rotavirus vaccination

June 5, 2014
Following the introduction of the pentavalent rotavirus vaccine in Leon, Nicaragua, rotavirus was not commonly detected among children with diarrhea…
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