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Changing focus of HPV vaccine discussion could increase immunization rates

August 21, 2014

Read the Perspective from Joseph A. Bocchini Jr., MD, FAAP

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

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Use of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine reduced the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease and related deaths in Denmark, according to recent…

Maternal Immunization: An Update for Pediatricians

Pediatric Annals, August 2013, Volume 42 Issue 8
CME Educational Objectives1.Discuss the current recommendations for vaccination during pregnancy in the United…
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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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MenC transmission appears unhindered by polysaccharide A/C vaccination

June 5, 2014
During outbreaks of serogroup C meningococcal disease at two oil refineries in Brazil in 2010, polysaccharide A/C vaccination did not appear to…

CDC: Measles in the US at 20-year high

May 29, 2014
The CDC has reported the largest number of measles cases in the United States since 1994, with 288 cases documented from Jan. 1 to May 23, and the…
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Rotavirus vaccine well tolerated among neonates

May 29, 2014
Pentavalent rotavirus vaccine was well tolerated among infants in the neonatal ICU, with most post-vaccination symptoms attributed to preexisting…
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Delayed MMR, MMRV vaccination linked to seizures

May 23, 2014
Delayed receipt of measles-mumps-rubella and measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccines during the second year of life increases the risk for seizures…
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School-located flu vaccination program reduced infection rates

May 19, 2014
Decreased influenza rates and improved school attendance can be achieved with influenza vaccination of at least one-quarter of a school’s…
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Conjugate vaccines reduced meningitis sepsis rates in England

May 16, 2014
The incidence of vaccine-preventable bacterial diseases have significantly decreased among children in England during the past 50 years, according to…
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Tdap during pregnancy did not increase adverse events for mother or child

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The risk of adverse events for mother and child were not increased when the mother was given the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine…
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First attempt at cocoon vaccination ineffective against pertussis

May 13, 2014
Cocoon vaccination of children and adolescents was unsuccessful in protecting newborns in Belgium from pertussis. Therefore, the program is expanding…
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2013 New York measles outbreak reached 58 cases

May 12, 2014
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — In 2013, 58 cases of measles occurred in New York City among residents of two Orthodox Jewish Communities…
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Perceived risks still influence pregnant women’s intent to vaccinate

May 11, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. — Future vaccination promotion efforts should target pregnant women’s concerns about the severity of pertussis to infants…
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