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Infants younger than 3 months with pertussis show greater mortality risk

March 6, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Infants aged younger than 3 months exhibited the highest morbidity and mortality from Bordetella pertussis infections, according to data presented at the St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference.

Pertussis represents the fifth-leading cause of vaccine-preventable death in children aged younger than 5 years, predominantly occurring in low- to middle-income countries. To assess the burden of B. pertussis among infants aged younger than 1 year and evaluate outcomes of infants who were positive with pertussis, researcher Herberth G. Maldonado, MD, of the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, and colleagues examined nasopharyngeal swabs from infants with pertussis-like symptoms (n = 68) from November 2013 to October 2014.

EMA approves immunization schedule for pediatric 6-in-1 vaccine

March 5, 2015
The European Medicines Agency has approved a “2+1” immunization schedule for Hexyon, a pediatric vaccine that protects against multiple viruses, including…
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Most pneumonia hospitalizations occur in children aged younger than 5 years

March 4, 2015
Seventy percent of pneumonia hospitalizations were among children aged younger than 5 years, according to study findings published in the New England Journal of
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Parent-requested delays in pediatric vaccinations require intervention

March 2, 2015
Many pediatricians and family physicians report receiving parental requests to spread out children’s immunization schedules, and despite concerns, agree to do so…
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Adult Immunization and Its Impact on Children

Pediatric Annals, August 2013, Volume 42 Issue 8
CME Educational Objectives1.Review the incidence of selected vaccine-preventable diseases in the adult…
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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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Update on promising vaccines in the pipeline

December 3, 2014
NEW YORK — Mark H. Sawyer, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at University of California San Diego, offers…
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Tdap, MCV4 vaccination uptake improved compared with HPV vaccination

November 13, 2014
Tdap and the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccination rates increased more than HPV vaccination rates from 2007 to 2013 among children aged…
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PCV7, PCV13 significantly decreased risk for sinusitis, pneumonia hospitalization

November 13, 2014
The 7- and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines significantly decreased risk for hospitalization due to sinusitis or pneumonia among Swedish…
Mickey Chopra

Leaders call for integrated approach to prevention on World Pneumonia Day

November 12, 2014
In an effort to end preventable pneumonia-associated deaths among children, World Pneumonia Day is being observed on Nov. 12 to encourage leaders to…
Marie R. Griffin, MD In the Journals

PCV7, PCV13 linked with fewer pneumonia hospitalizations

November 6, 2014
Recent data indicate the 7- and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines have significantly contributed to a decreased prevalence of pneumonia among…
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ACIP approves revisions to 2015 childhood immunization schedules

October 30, 2014
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously, 13-0 with two members absent from the meeting, to approve various…
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Marshall discusses the safety, efficacy of a potential combination vaccine for infants

October 28, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — At IDWeek 2014, Gary S. Marshall, MD, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Louisville School of…
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Global polio eradication on horizon, international efforts needed

October 28, 2014
Eighty percent of the world population lives in regions considered polio-free by WHO, according to recent data published in the Journal of
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Safety concerns common reason for hepatitis B vaccine refusal

October 24, 2014
SAN DIEGO — Safety and uncertainty involving the risk for hepatitis B are reasons for barriers to vaccine uptake, according to recent study…
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FDA to review pediatric hexavalent vaccine

October 21, 2014
The FDA has accepted for review a Biologics License Application filed by Merck and Sanofi Pasteur for a pediatric hexavalent combination vaccine…
Anthony Fauci

NIH awards seven research grants for vaccine adjuvants

October 18, 2014
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the NIH, has awarded seven research grants to separate institutions to…
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