To update the pediatrie practitioner on the new emerging prospects for vaccine research and development, and vaccine implementation and delivery over the next decade. Enthusiasm abounds in our own country and the world overall for promising innovations in vaccine development and childhood immunizations in the 1 99Os, and this issue of Pediatrie Annals chronicals some of the World Health Organization and Childhood Vaccine Initiative proposals and dreams.
Specific articles on the childhood immunization picture for 1 994, and new prospective vaccines for herpes simplex virus, respiratory syncytiaf virus, enteric bacterial infections, and group B streptococcal disease are presented to provide pediatricians with the current knowledge base and theories concerning vaccine research.
HOWTO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category I credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medica/ Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pretest below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. Current US statistics indicate that greater than 70% of our nation's 2 -year-old children have completed their recommended immunizations for the first Î8 months of life.
2. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, Public Law 103-66 (OBRAJ, of August 1 993 provides that free vaccines be made available to all children who are not already covered by health insurance or Medicaid.
3. The most Important viral respiratory pathogen in infancy and early life is:
A. Parainfluenza virus.
B. Respiratory syncytial virus.
C. Herpes simplex virus.
4. The most frequent etiologic agent isolated from the blood or cerebral spinal fluid in sick neonate* is;
A. Streptococcus pneumonia?.
B. Group A streptococci.
C. Group B streptococci.
Answers to the Pretest: