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Tdap vaccination rate low among pregnant women on Medicaid

October 2, 2014

Only 14.3% of women on Medicaid in Michigan received the Tdap vaccine during their pregnancies from November 2011 to February 2013, according to investigators with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices first recommended that previously unvaccinated women receive the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy to confer passive immunity from maternal antibodies on the child in utero. In 2013, ACIP revised the guidelines to include a Tdap vaccination for every woman during each pregnancy.

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Effective implementation of nine-valent HPV vaccination could prevent majority of cervical cancers

October 1, 2014
Most cervical precancers appear to be caused by one of nine types of HPV, according to study results.The findings suggest an investigational nine-valent HPV vaccine…

NIH, FDA win award for meningitis vaccine licensing deal

September 30, 2014
The technology transfer of a low-cost meningitis vaccine earned the NIH and FDA an award for the year’s most outstanding intellectual property licensing deal…
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Pertussis vaccination did not increase risk for asthma medication use

September 25, 2014
Receipt of pertussis vaccine in infancy did not increase risk for asthma medication use in adolescence, according to study findings in Pediatrics.Hartmut Vogt, MD
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Taking a ‘PASS’ on Alternative Immunization Schedules

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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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Adjuvanted vaccine approval requires careful consideration

May 2, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. — Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, of Vanderbilt University, discusses the use of adjuvants to boost vaccine efficacy. She was part of a…

It’s time for more public schools to join the 
fight against cervical cancer

Infectious Diseases in Children, May 2014
Lawren D. Wellisch, MD; Benjamin P. Brown, MD
Since the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices first recommended routine use of the HPV vaccine in 2006, uptake has been discouragingly poor…
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Vigilance needed for antibiotic prescribing

Infectious Diseases in Children, May 2014
Edward A. Bell, PharmD, BCPS
Antibiotics are frequently given to children and adults and are the most common class of therapeutic medications used in the pediatric population…
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Infection control in hospitals: The role of environmental disinfection

Infectious Diseases in Children, May 2014
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, health care-associated infections are the most common complication among people…
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Many parents who intend to vaccinate their adolescents against HPV do not do so

April 30, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. — Slightly more than half of parents who said they intended to vaccinate their adolescents against HPV actually followed through…
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Japanese encephalitis vaccine gains international support

April 30, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. — Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, director of vaccine access and delivery at PATH in Seattle, discusses her presentation on…
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DNA influenza vaccine safe, immunogenic in children

April 29, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. — A DNA-based influenza vaccine regimen was safe and well tolerated in children and adolescents and evoked higher immune…
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Vaccination with DTaP, Tdap lowers risk for pertussis

April 28, 2014
Despite the growing evidence of waning immunity of acellular pertussis vaccines, unvaccinated children are more likely to contract pertussis than…
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PCV13 related to decrease in pneumococcal disease across all ages

April 28, 2014
After the introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease related to the six added…
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Surge of measles cases related to importations

April 25, 2014
Measles cases have reached the highest reported number in the United States for the first 4 months of the year since 1996, according to this…
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