Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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Vaccine advocacy program effective in reducing parental vaccine hesitancy

April 25, 2017

A community-based intervention using parent advocacy was successful in promoting vaccine-positive attitudes over the course of 3 years in Washington state childcare centers, preschools and schools.

“Strong negative rhetoric about vaccines can circulate widely on social media. Some parents feel hesitant about early childhood vaccines and may delay or refuse some or all vaccines, which may put others in their community at risk,” Clarissa Hsu, PhD, principal investigator of the study from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, said in a press release. “This project was designed to counterbalance prevalent anti-vaccine messages that do not reflect the fact that most — at least four in five — people vaccinate their kids and are supportive of vaccines.”

Q&A: A message to clinicians during World Immunization Week

April 24, 2017
World Immunization Week is acknowledged annually during the last week of April to raise awareness of the importance of child and adult immunizations, which prevent an…

World Meningitis Day: Parents urged to 'trust their instincts' with symptoms, seek medical help

April 24, 2017
Vaccination against meningitis and knowledge of the disease’s symptoms and progression are stressed on this year’s theme for World Meningitis Day on April
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Stringent state-level vaccine exemption policies reduced measles outbreak risk

April 24, 2017
Strengthening relaxed non-medical vaccine exemption policies in states and localities within the United States to increase coverage can reduce the health and economic
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Vaccinating Teens: Current Guidelines, Challenges, and Opportunities

Pediatric Annals, August 2010, Volume 39 Issue 8
The widespread use of vaccines and consequent reductions in vaccine-preventable illnesses has been heralded as one of…
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Operation Immunization 2016: Enhancing HPV Immunization

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.

During the last decade, several new vaccines, including the meningococcal conjugate (MCV4), tetanus, diphtheria…
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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting

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Maternal immunization confers needed infant protection against influenza, pertussis

November 20, 2016
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Arkansas mumps outbreak grows to more than 500 cases

October 18, 2016
Health officials said an outbreak of mumps in northwestern Arkansas has reached more than 500 cases — the largest ever recorded in the state…

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Influenza vaccine uptake lower in children using certain CAM practices

October 17, 2016
Children who have used certain complementary and alternative medicines domains had lower annual influenza vaccine rates, according to data published…

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Despite stable immunization rates, vaccination strategies needed for disadvantaged youth

October 17, 2016
Vaccination coverage remained high among U.S. children aged 19 to 35 months; however, strategies to increase vaccination in children living in…

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Death rates for many communicable diseases fell in past decade

October 11, 2016
Over the past decade, significant declines were seen in total deaths and age-standardized death rates for many of the world’s communicable…


Are HPV vaccination rates in the pediatric office reflective of the quality of adolescent care that an office gives?

Infectious Diseases in Children, October 2016
Point HPV vaccination is just one element of adolescent vaccination, which is just one element of adolescent preventive care. However, HPV…

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Pediatricians play key role in debunking vaccine myths

Infectious Diseases in Children, October 2016
The percentage of pediatricians who encounter parental refusal of vaccinations increased from 75% in 2006 to 87% in 2013, according to results of The…


Tenth anniversary of RotaTeq salutes inventors, success, future global approvals

October 7, 2016
PHILADELPHIA — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Wistar Institute recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the two…

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Rapid decline in acellular pertussis vaccine protection warrants review

October 5, 2016
The acellular pertussis vaccine offers waning protection over time and was associated with a more than twofold risk for infection compared with…

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Canine vaccine aids in rabies control for Chinese livestock; other vaccines still necessary

October 3, 2016
Canine inactivated vaccine administered in multiple doses to cattle and camels in China provided rabies protection for up to 1 year; however, oral…

Americas becomes first region declared free of measles

September 27, 2016
The Americas became the first WHO region to be declared free of measles after going 14 years without an endemic case. The announcement was made today…

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