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Reason for surge in plague cases remains unknown

September 3, 2015

A recent report in MMWR, detailing the 12 cases of human plague reported this year, noted that the reason behind the surge remains unclear.

“Plague is a rare, life-threatening, flea-borne zoonosis caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis,” researcher Natalie Kwit, DVM, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “During 2001-2012, the annual number of human plague cases reported in the United States ranged from one to 17 (median = three cases). It is unclear why the number of cases in 2015 is higher than usual.”

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Children infected with vaccine-derived polio in Ukraine

September 2, 2015
Two children have contracted circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 with accompanying paralysis in southwestern Ukraine, according to WHO.“Discussions are…
In the Journals

Interventions increase vaccination rates for pediatric rheumatology patients

September 2, 2015
Simple practice-level interventions increased the pneumococcal vaccination coverage rate of pediatric patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and others on…
In the Journals

National vaccine coverage of children remains high

August 31, 2015
Nationwide vaccination of children aged 19 to 35 months remained high for almost all recommended vaccinations between 2013 and 2014, according to a report in MMWR
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Identifying and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Pediatric Annals, April 2015, Volume 44 Issue 4
In the 20th century, the introduction of multiple vaccines significantly reduced childhood morbidity, mortality, and…
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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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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…
Mack Ruffin IV, MD, MPH In the Journals

EHR alerts boost HPV vaccine uptake in young women

May 14, 2015
A simple reminder via electronic health records significantly increased HPV vaccine initiation and completion among young women, recent data…
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Vaccination with Bexsero effectively protects individuals from serogroup B meningococcal disease

May 14, 2015
Cases of serogroup B meningococcal disease were not detected among individuals who received one or more doses of Bexsero, indicating that the vaccine…
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Teenage girls gain early protection from qHPV vaccine

May 13, 2015
Recent data suggest receipt of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine conferred significant early protection against HPV in girls aged 14 years to 17…
New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician Meeting News CoverageVideo

New mothers preferred to receive vaccine information from pediatrician vs. obstetrician

May 12, 2015
SAN DIEGO — Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, from the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado, highlighted study results which…
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Despite controversial year, vaccine development, updates continue in US

May 7, 2015
BOSTON — Each year there are updates to available vaccines, and 2014 was no exception. In a year which saw the re-emergence of some vaccine…
Vaccine acceptance strategies must affirm safety, efficacy of vaccines Meeting News CoverageVideo

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 helpful tips for how physicians…
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