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Prenatal Tdap vaccination more effective than postpartum immunization

September 27, 2016

Tdap vaccination from 27 to 36 weeks’ gestation was 85% more effective than postpartum vaccination at preventing pertussis in infants aged younger than 8 weeks, according to a retrospective cohort study using data from the California Immunization Registry.

“This is an important study demonstrating that prenatal Tdap vaccination more effectively prevents pertussis in young infants than postpartum Tdap vaccination,” Kathleen Winter, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and colleagues wrote. “Importantly, our study also found that vaccination during the recommended window of 27 to 36 weeks’ gestation was more protective than vaccinations received earlier in pregnancy.”

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Operation Immunization 2016: Enhancing HPV Immunization

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Combined RotaTeq, Rotarix vaccine series as effective as single series

June 14, 2016
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Continued pertussis outbreaks call vaccine effectiveness into question

Infectious Diseases in Children, June 2016
Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS
Immunization strategies to control pertussis infection and disease in infants and children have been in use for more than 70 years, yet large…

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Males more frequently infected with invasive pneumococcal diseases

June 13, 2016
A recent analysis of CDC surveillance data suggested that male invasive pneumococcal disease rates were significantly greater than those of females…

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Varicella vaccination still cost-effective despite hypothesized shortened asthma onset

June 13, 2016
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Concomitant vaccine-related febrile seizures rare among infants

June 8, 2016
The risk for febrile seizures was slightly increased among infants after administration of influenza vaccine when administered with DTaP or…

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Google search trends effective for outbreak surveillance

June 7, 2016
Recent research confirmed the epidemiological utility of search engine queries by revealing increased searches in areas during illness seasons and…

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New pneumococcal serotypes colonize nasopharynx since PCV13 introduction

June 7, 2016
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Enhanced communication improves HPV vaccination completion rates

June 3, 2016
Recent research in Vaccine identified specific areas which provider-based interventions should focus on, such as improving communication skills…

World Health Assembly adopts strategies to end viral hepatitis, HIV, STIs

June 2, 2016
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Tdap administration safe during pregnancy

June 1, 2016
Recent research in Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics determined that the use of Tdap vaccine during pregnancy was safe for women and…

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