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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…

Adolescent Immunization: 2015 and Beyond

Pediatric Annals, April 2015, Volume 44 Issue 4
In the last decade, the approach to adolescent immunizations has changed substantially. At ages 11 or 12 years, routine…
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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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Sustained investments needed for measles elimination in Philippines

April 22, 2015
Estimated coverage rates for the first dose of the measles-containing vaccine increased from 80% in 1998 to 90% in 2013 and from 10% in 2010 to 53%…
In the Journals

Lower vaccination rates occur among U.S. military dependent children

April 21, 2015
Despite universal coverage of all recommended childhood vaccinations among U.S. military dependent children, rates were lowest in this population of…

Australia ends religious exemption benefits for vaccinations

April 20, 2015
Effective January 1, Australia will end immunization exemption for families receiving childcare benefits under the grounds of religious belief…
VIDEO: New data on vaccines and vaccination at ACVR 2015 Meeting News CoverageVideo

VIDEO: New data on vaccines and vaccination at ACVR 2015

April 20, 2015
BETHESDA, Md. — Bruce G. Gellin, MD, MPH, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and director of the National Vaccine Program Office at…
In the Journals

Widespread canine rabies vaccination reduces mortality in low-income countries

April 20, 2015
The approximately 59,000 annual human deaths from the rabies virus could be prevented through domestic dog vaccination, according to a recent…
In the Journals

Recurrent invasive pneumococcal disease predicts pediatric primary immune deficiencies

April 17, 2015
Recurrent invasive pneumococcal disease episodes are a significant indicator for the presence of primary immune deficiencies in children, according…
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N. lactamica may suppress meningococcal outbreaks

April 16, 2015
Nasal inoculation with live Neisseria lactamica inhibited meningococcal carriage in young adults, according to results of a block-randomized human …
VIDEO: Too soon to encourage vaccination in US by withholding state assistance Meeting News CoverageVideo

VIDEO: Too soon to encourage vaccination in US by withholding state assistance

April 15, 2015
BETHESDA, Md. — Walter A. Orenstein, MD, professor of medicine and associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University School of…
In the Journals

Rotavirus vaccination sustains herd immunity in US

April 15, 2015
Data suggest a significant and sustained decrease in the incidence for seasonal rotavirus activity as well as evidence of herd immunity years after…

Australia to end welfare payments for families rejecting vaccination

April 13, 2015
Starting in 2016, Australian parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will no longer be eligible for certain welfare benefits, according…
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