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Updated CDC guidelines for neonatal HBV testing prevent misclassification

June 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — Shortening the time frame in which an infant receives post-vaccination serologic testing for hepatitis B from 9 to 18 months to 9 to 12 months may increase adherence for testing in accordance with CDC guidelines and lessen the time in which nonresponders may come into close contact with the infection, according to a recent presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

“If the mother tests negative for hepatitis B earlier in her pregnancy but comes into contact and picks up the infection later, we absolutely want to make sure that the baby is vaccinated,” Mary Koslap-Petraco, DNP, PNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP, from Stony Brook University School of Nursing, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “It will dramatically decrease the chance that they will go on to be a hepatitis B carrier.”

Two-dose Cervarix HPV vaccine remains noninferior to three doses at 36 months

June 26, 2017
A two-dose regimen of the Cervarix HPV vaccine in girls remained noninferior to the three-dose regimen in young women 3 years after vaccination, according to…
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Increase in pertussis linked to nonmedical vaccine exemptions, waning immunity

June 24, 2017
Data from five U.S. states with a high incidence rate of pertussis revealed geospatial links between nonmedical vaccine exemptions among kindergarteners and illnesses…

US yellow fever vaccine to disappear in July; alternative vaccine supplied

June 23, 2017
Expecting the supply of the United States’ only licensed yellow fever vaccine to disappear in July, officials are distributing another brand to sites nationwide
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Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks: Still with Us After All These Years

Pediatric Annals, April 2015, Volume 44 Issue 4
Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to occur in the United States, and they have been occurring at…
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Vaccines: April 2015

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Pediatric Annals

Vaccine refusal and hesitancy to vaccinate has been a growing problem in the past 2-3 decades. Perhaps victims of our…
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Prioritizing children, elderly more beneficial during influenza vaccine shortages

June 14, 2017
When vaccine supplies are limited during influenza pandemics, prioritizing high-risk groups, followed by children and the elderly for vaccination…

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Consistent advocacy needed to thwart resurgence: Measles over 3 decades

Infectious Diseases in Children, June 2017
Between 1987 and 1988, the number of measles cases reported to the CDC decreased by 7%, from 3,652 cases in 1987 to 3,411 in 1988. However, in 1989…

WHO: Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles 3 years ahead of schedule

June 13, 2017
Bhutan and the Maldives have interrupted endemic transmission of measles 3 years ahead of a target date for the 11 countries in their WHO region, the…

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Year-round maternal influenza vaccination reduced infection rates, improved birth outcomes

June 8, 2017
Maternal influenza vaccinations administered throughout the year significantly reduced influenza infections among infants and influenza-like

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Inadequate vaccination, malaria prevention among teens traveling internationally

June 6, 2017
NEW ORLEANS — A minority of teenagers travelling internationally sought out appropriate pre-travel services, including prescription of malaria…

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VIDEO: Vaccine significantly reduces risk for influenza-related death in children

June 5, 2017
NEW ORLEANS — In this video, Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease News Editorial Board member and director of the Center for Vaccine…

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Child care centers largely unprepared for influenza pandemics

June 5, 2017
Only 7% of child care directors within the United States reported that their centers had taken adequate steps to prevent the spread of influenza…

Death of 15 children from Sudan linked to contaminated measles vaccine

June 2, 2017
A contaminated measles vaccine is responsible for the death of 15 children in a village in South Sudan, according to a joint statement issued by the…

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DRC approves use of unlicensed Ebola vaccine if needed

June 1, 2017
Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently approved a study protocol that would allow the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to…

Global prevalence of poliovirus type 2 declines after switch to bivalent vaccine

June 1, 2017
Since the global switch from the trivalent oral polio vaccine to the bivalent oral polio vaccine, fewer countries detected poliovirus type 2 in…

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