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Vaccine coverage for kindergartners remains high; exemptions stay low

August 27, 2015

Nationwide vaccination coverage of children entering kindergarten in the 2014-2015 school year remained high, while exemption rates for medical, philosophical and religious reasons remained low for most states, according to a report in MMWR.

“For our nation’s immunization system, today is report card day, even before many schools even open,” Anne Schuchat, MD, assistant surgeon general, said at a news conference. “Overall, the news is gratifying. Though they may not always get the headlines, the overwhelming majority of parents continue to protect their children with recommended vaccinations.”

Walter A. Orenstein, MD In the Journals

IPV safety reinforced ahead of worldwide adoption

August 26, 2015
In anticipation of the worldwide replacement of live oral polio vaccine with inactivated polio vaccine, a comprehensive study has confirmed that the replacement vaccine…
In the Journals

One-dose cholera vaccine may be more effective during epidemic

August 25, 2015
When vaccine supplies are limited, a single dose of oral cholera vaccine may effectively prevent more cases and deaths than a standard two-dose strategy, according to…
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New guidelines aim to reduce vaccine injection pain

August 25, 2015
New guidelines published in CMAJ propose recommendations for all health care workers to employ to minimize the amount of pain induced by vaccines, in both children and…

Childhood Immunization Policies and the Prevention of Communicable Disease

Pediatric Annals, March 2011, Volume 40 Issue 3
1. Review the process through which vaccines are licensed and recommendations are developed for routine use.2. Discuss…
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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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Cerebrospinal fluid analysis insufficient to rule out meningitis in older infants

June 10, 2015
Cerebrospinal fluid analysis should be used to rule out bacterial meningitis in infants aged 21 days and younger or are not well-appearing, according…
In the Journals

Single dose of bivalent HPV vaccine as effective as three

June 10, 2015
A single dose of bivalent HPV vaccine may be just as effective against HPV types 16 and 18 infections as the two- and three-dose schedules…
In the Journals

WHO global polio eradication effort recovers from setbacks

June 10, 2015
The WHO resolution to eradicate poliovirus worldwide saw significant progress during 2014 and earlier this year, after rebounding from major…
Nora B. Henrikson, PhD In the Journals

Physician-targeted intervention failed to reduce maternal vaccine hesitancy

June 4, 2015
A Washington state physician-targeted communication intervention did not reduce maternal vaccine hesitancy or improve physician self-efficacy…
In the Journals

Postpartum Tdap vaccination remains common despite ACIP recommendation

June 3, 2015
Recent data showed an increased rate of postpartum Tdap vaccination
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Poor specificity of TB skin test may lead to overtreatment in children

June 2, 2015
Tuberculin skin testing resulted in poorer specificity when compared with a commercial interferon-gamma release assay in identifying latent…
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Lesbian youths less likely to receive HPV vaccination

May 27, 2015
Despite being at an elevated risk for cervical cancer morbidity and mortality, young lesbians are significantly less likely to initiate HPV…
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Rotavirus vaccination significantly impacts seizure-related hospitalizations

May 22, 2015
Rotavirus vaccination significantly decreased seizure-related hospitalizations during childhood, which appeared to be highest among the youngest…
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Researchers find rotavirus vaccination cost effective in most countries

May 19, 2015
The introduction of rotavirus vaccination with either of the two available vaccines is cost effective and associated with significant decreases in…
California state legislature votes to eliminate ‘personal belief’ vaccine waiver

California state legislature votes to eliminate ‘personal belief’ vaccine waiver

May 15, 2015
The California state Senate recently passed a bill to eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions that currently allow parents to choose to…
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