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Clusters of underimmunized, vaccine-refusal communities identified in California

January 27, 2015

Underimmunized communities and families that refuse vaccines were found to cluster geographically, which could significantly increase the risk for an outbreak and create barriers in achieving immunization quality benchmarks, according to study data.

Prior studies have found that vaccine refusal and delay are associated with increased risk for measles and pertussis outbreaks, as well as higher individual risks for measles, pertussis, varicella and pneumococcal infections.

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FDA approves Bexsero for serogroup B meningococcal disease

January 23, 2015
The FDA today approved the recombinant vaccine, Bexsero, for prevention of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B among individuals aged 10 to 25 years.Bexsero (Novartis)…
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Disneyland measles outbreak spreads; AAP urges vaccination

January 23, 2015
The California Department of Public Health has confirmed 79 cases of measles among California residents, and of these, 52 are linked to Disneyland or Disney…

Measles outbreak in California spreads from Disneyland to high school

January 21, 2015
Eighteen cases of measles have been confirmed in Orange County, Calif., according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.On Jan. 7, the California Department of Public…
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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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Student education, immunization requirements necessary to prevent outbreaks on college campuses

November 28, 2014
NEW YORK — James C. Turner, MD, executive director of the department of student health and the National Social…
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Web-based decision aid for parents improved MMR vaccine uptake

July 30, 2014
A website offering information to parents about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was the most cost-effective means of increasing vaccine…

Blog: Protect your patients traveling to polio-infected countries

July 29, 2014
In his blog, Walter A. Orenstein, MD, professor and associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center at Emory University School of Medicine, reviews…
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AAP updates recommendations on meningococcal vaccines

July 28, 2014
The AAP’s Red Book Committee updated recommendations on the use of meningococcal vaccines and addressed immunization of younger children at…
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Hypertension-associated mortality high among infants with congenital rubella syndrome

July 25, 2014
Infants with congenital rubella syndrome had a high pulmonary hypertension-associated mortality rate, according to study findings in…
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CDC: HPV vaccination rates unsatisfactory among teens

July 24, 2014
HPV vaccination coverage is unacceptably low among adolescents, despite a slight increase in coverage since 2012, according to data presented in a…
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MenACWY-CRM booster dose elicited robust immune response

July 18, 2014
Recent data show children who received a booster dose of MenACWY-CRM following primary immunization with either MenACWY-CRM-D or MenACWY-D had strong…
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Poverty, poor health, exposure are risk factors for IPD among South African children

July 16, 2014
Recent data shows previously identified risk factors related to poverty, poor health, and intense exposure continue to be risk factors for invasive…
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IPV improved intestinal immunity among children given OPV

July 15, 2014
An additional dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine increased intestinal immunity among children who previously received oral poliovirus vaccine and…
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Dengue vaccine efficacious in phase 3 trial

July 15, 2014
Sanofi Pasteur’s investigational quadrivalent dengue vaccine demonstrated an overall efficacy of 56.5% and led to an 88.5% reduction of severe…
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Congress called to address health, safety of illegal immigrants

July 9, 2014
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has sent an open letter to Congress, requesting they address the health and safety of illegal…
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