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No science needed to blame vaccines for illness, EU court rules

No science needed to blame vaccines for illness, EU court rules
June 22, 2017

The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that illnesses can be attributed to vaccines during litigation without scientific proof.

The judges decided that factors falling short of scientific research, but that may suggest a link, can be enough to rule against a vaccine manufacturer. In particular, they said prior rulings on similar cases allow courts to lay blame on a vaccine if the illness occurred near the time of vaccination, the plaintiff was healthy before vaccination and there is no history of the illness in the plaintiff’s family.

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ACIP remains opposed to LAIV

June 21, 2017
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, is continuing to advise against using the live-attenuated influenza vaccine. The ACIP voted
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Study indicates potential link between influenza during pregnancy and autism

June 21, 2017
Although researchers found no evidence that maternal influenza alone was associated with autism spectrum disorder among children, they did observe a nonsignificant…
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Healthy food options, vaccine awareness, top latest policy updates from AMA

June 15, 2017
Delegates at this week’s AMA annual meeting in Chicago adopted new policies intended to increase access to healthier food, continue support of vaccine policies…
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Childhood Immunization Policies and the Prevention of Communicable Disease

Pediatric Annals, March 2011, Volume 40 Issue 3
1. Review the process through which vaccines are licensed and recommendations are developed for routine use. 2. Discuss…
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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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Despite measures, infection control in daycare centers remains daunting

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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

In the Journals

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

Texas mumps cases, some involving spring breakers, reach 23-year high

April 19, 2017
Texas is advising health care providers about a surge in mumps cases in the state, including some that have been linked to a popular spring break…

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Maternal Tdap vaccine reduced infant pertussis risk by 91% in first 2 months

April 18, 2017
Children whose mothers received the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine during pregnancy exhibited a 91% reduced risk of pertussis within

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Rate of fatal measles complication high in unvaccinated children

April 12, 2017
Researchers reported that the incidence of a rare but fatal measles complication known as subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, or SSPE, in…

On the brink of eradication: Polio over 30 years

Infectious Diseases in Children, April 2017
To mark our 30th anniversary, Infectious Diseases in Children will be examining some of the chronic conditions and infectious diseases that have

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Vaccination reduced risk of pediatric influenza-related death by 65%

April 10, 2017
Influenza vaccination reduces the risk of lab-confirmed influenza-associated pediatric death by 65% among healthy children and 51% among children…

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Influenza susceptibility higher among patients with asthma

April 6, 2017
Patients with asthma are at increased risk for more severe influenza disease, according to research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical

Recent surge in European measles cases driven by vaccination gaps

April 5, 2017
Health officials warned that a recent surge in measles cases in Europe is being driven by below-target vaccination rates and is threatening the…

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Gardasil safe for pregnant women, researchers say

March 31, 2017
Exposure to the Gardasil quadrivalent HPV vaccine during pregnancy appears to be safe, according to a large nationwide cohort study in Denmark. …

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