Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Top Story

AAP recommends elimination of nonmedical immunization exemptions for school, day care

August 29, 2016

The AAP’s committees on practice and ambulatory medicine, infectious diseases and state government affairs recently released a policy statement that supported current laws and regulations regarding medical exemptions for unvaccinated children, and they urged that nonmedical exemptions be strongly advised against in public settings.

“Although there is a variance for levels of immunization required to generate community immunity specific to each disease and vaccine, it is generally understood that population immunization rates of at least 90% are required, as reflected in the Healthy People 2020 goals,” Geoffrey R. Simon, MD, FAAP, chairman of the AAP’s Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “Certain highly contagious diseases, such as pertussis and measles, require a population immunization rate of greater than or equal to 95% to achieve community immunity.”

In the Journals

RotaTeq reduces RV gastroenteritis hospitalizations in Finnish children

August 23, 2016
Since the advent of universal RotaTeq vaccination in Finland in 2009, data have indicated a 90% reduction in pediatric hospitalizations for rotavirus acute…
In the Journals Plus

Most parents support school-entry HPV vaccination requirements if opt-outs exist

August 19, 2016
A majority of parents supported laws that would make HPV vaccination mandatory for school entry if their state offered opt-out provisions, according to results of a…
In the Journals

Nasal spray, flu shot confer similar protection against influenza

August 16, 2016
There was no difference in community protection against influenza when vaccinating children and adolescents with either intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine or…

Vaccines in the Pipeline: The Path from Development to Use in the United States

Pediatric Annals, August 2013, Volume 42 Issue 8
CME Educational Objectives 1.Review the current US Food and Drug Administration licensure process for vaccines. 2…
More »
CME Video

Operation Immunization 2016: Enhancing HPV Immunization

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

During the last decade, several new vaccines, including the meningococcal conjugate (MCV4), tetanus, diphtheria…
More »
PAS 2016

PAS 2016

Meeting News Coverage

Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

November 25, 2015
More »

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Research continues for effective preventive, therapeutic vaccines

May 18, 2016
National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is observed annually on May 18 to mark the progress made in developing an effective HIV vaccine, to acknowledge…

In the Journals

Uniformity in male HPV vaccinations encouraged in Canada

May 18, 2016
A recent Canadian analysis published in CMAJ reported that male vaccination programs are necessary in order to ensure equality in protection from…


Ongoing varicella outbreak affects 75 children in New York

May 17, 2016
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently issued an advisory to physicians concerning an ongoing investigation into 75 cases…

In the Journals

Electronic data exchange improves child, adolescent vaccine status

May 16, 2016
Exchanging data between a city-run immunization registry system and patients’ electronic medical health records helped to improve child and…

In the Journals

Abstinence-only pledgers at increased risk for HPV, nonmarital pregnancy

May 12, 2016
Risk for human papillomavirus and nonmarital pregnancy increased among adolescents who took “virginity pledges” as part of…

In the Journals

Perceived nonefficacy cited for mumps vaccine refusals in Japan

May 11, 2016
Recent findings published in Public Health indicated that perceived nonefficacy was significantly associated with mothers in Japan refusing the…

Meeting News Coverage

Concomitant administration of Menveo, other vaccines increases risk for Bell’s palsy

May 9, 2016
BALTIMORE — Concomitant administration of Menveo vaccine with HPV, influenza or Tdap vaccines demonstrated an increased the risk for…

Meeting News Coverage

94% of surveyed elite US universities require vaccines for enrollment

May 5, 2016
BALTIMORE — Data presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting indicated that 94% of 129 surveyed top-ranked universities in the United…

Meeting News Coverage

Trumenba provides strong immune response among adolescents, young adults

May 5, 2016
BALTIMORE — Trumenba, a bivalent vaccine for prevention of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B, appears to safely elicit a robust bactericidal…

In the Journals

Woman with rabies infection, no PEP delivers healthy baby in China

May 4, 2016
Investigators reported that a woman in rural China who was infected with rabies while pregnant and did not receive post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP…

More Headlines »