Vaccines

Dismiss or Don't? Ethical Considerations of Dismissing Vaccine-Refusing Families

Dismiss or Don't? Ethical Considerations of Dismissing Vaccine-Refusing Families

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Dismissing the children of vaccine-refusing families does not address the fundamental issue of vaccine refusal.

The 'Attitude Roots' Underlying Antivaccination Beliefs

The 'Attitude Roots' Underlying Antivaccination Beliefs

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Although efforts to debunk antivaccination beliefs often rely on fact-based strategies, emerging evidence suggests it may be more effective to target the psychological roots of these beliefs.

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy

Optimal distribution of the influenza vaccine across age groups can increase the impact of even low-efficacy vaccines.

Parental Consent as a Barrier to HPV Vaccination: Should Adolescents Call the Shots?

Parental Consent as a Barrier to HPV Vaccination: Should Adolescents Call the Shots?

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Healthcare providers contend that allowing adolescents to consent to HPV vaccination without parental approval is ethically justifiable.

No Adverse Results With Early Vaccine Exposure

No Adverse Results With Early Vaccine Exposure

Cumulative vaccine antigen exposure was not found to be detrimental in young children.

Religious Exemption vs Public Health: Taking Vaccination Exemptions Too Far

Religious Exemption vs Public Health: Taking Vaccination Exemptions Too Far

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Lawyers make things complicated — including policies requiring mandatory influenza vaccinations for healthcare workers.

ACIP Releases 2018 Child, Adolescent Immunization Schedule

ACIP Releases 2018 Child, Adolescent Immunization Schedule

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Several updates have been made to the 2017 immunization schedule, including revised recommendations for poliovirus, influenza, and MMR vaccines.

Immunization Update: 2018 Recommended Schedule for Adults Released by ACIP

Immunization Update: 2018 Recommended Schedule for Adults Released by ACIP

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Major changes to the adult immunization schedule include new recommendations for the recombinant zoster vaccine and additional doses of the MMR vaccine in a mumps outbreak setting.

Fast Track Designation Awarded to Investigational Zika Vaccine Candidate

Fast Track Designation Awarded to Investigational Zika Vaccine Candidate

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The ZIK-101 trial has enrolled 240 adults to test the safety and immunogenicity of TAK-426.

Patient Reminder and Recall Systems Improve Immunization Rate

Patient Reminder and Recall Systems Improve Immunization Rate

Use of postcards, text messages, and auto-dialer reminders correlated with improved receipt of immunizations.

New Adjuvanted Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine Cost-Effective Option

New Adjuvanted Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine Cost-Effective Option

The vaccine is cost-effective compared with the currently recommended live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine.

Promoting the Value of Adult Vaccinations Through Public Health Campaigns

Promoting the Value of Adult Vaccinations Through Public Health Campaigns

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The National Vaccine Advisory Committee has highlighted 5 core concepts and strategies that can increase integration of social psychological components with health communication principles to improve the perceived benefits of adult vaccination.

Vaccine Exemption Rates Reduced With Mandated Parental Counseling

Vaccine Exemption Rates Reduced With Mandated Parental Counseling

Vaccine exemption rates decreased and vaccine coverage increased for vaccines required for school entrance.

Influenza Vaccine Predicted to Be Effective Against US H3N2 Viruses

Influenza Vaccine Predicted to Be Effective Against US H3N2 Viruses

Current vaccines are likely to be effective against H3N2 flu viruses in the 2017/2018 flu season.

Bivalent Meningococcal B Vaccine Safe and Immunogenic in Adolescents

Bivalent Meningococcal B Vaccine Safe and Immunogenic in Adolescents

The vaccine elicits bactericidal responses against diverse meningococcal B strains after 2 and 3 doses in adolescents and young adults.

Essentia Health Fires 50 Employees for Refusing Influenza Vaccination

Essentia Health Fires 50 Employees for Refusing Influenza Vaccination

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The Minnesota-based hospital chain fired nearly 50 employees for refusal to receive the influenza vaccine.

Recommended Vaccine Coverage High for Infants Aged 19 to 35 Months

Recommended Vaccine Coverage High for Infants Aged 19 to 35 Months

Vaccination coverage has remained above 90% for many vaccinations among young children, and progress is being made toward immunization information systems program goals.

Vaccine Information Via App During Pregnancy Increases Parental Vaccine Acceptance

Vaccine Information Via App During Pregnancy Increases Parental Vaccine Acceptance

Providing women with web-based vaccine information with social media applications during pregnancy is associated with a greater proportion of infants up-to-date on their vaccines.

Children of Foreign-Born Parents Less Likely to Be Up-to-Date on Vaccinations

Children of Foreign-Born Parents Less Likely to Be Up-to-Date on Vaccinations

Children with at least 1 foreign-born parent were less likely to be up-to-date on immunizations than children with 2 US-born parents.

Strategies to Increase Adult Immunization Rates Addressed

Strategies to Increase Adult Immunization Rates Addressed

The AMA STEPS Forward module helps healthcare professionals save time by creating a team-based approach for an adult immunization program.

Analysis of Reasons Behind Continued Measles Outbreaks in US

Analysis of Reasons Behind Continued Measles Outbreaks in US

While measles incidence is extremely low in the US, most cases that do occur happen in unvaccinated patients.

HCPs in Long-Term Care Settings Consistently With Lower Influenza Vaccination Coverage

HCPs in Long-Term Care Settings Consistently With Lower Influenza Vaccination Coverage

More than 78% of health care personnel and 54% of pregnant women received influenza vaccine during the 2016-17 influenza season.

 Effects of Eliminating Personal Belief Exemptions From Immunization Requirements in California

Effects of Eliminating Personal Belief Exemptions From Immunization Requirements in California

There was an increase in the number of children with medical exemptions from immunization in California after elimination of personal belief exemptions.

Why Did Nearly 1 in 10 Infants Not Receive Vaccinations in 2016?

Why Did Nearly 1 in 10 Infants Not Receive Vaccinations in 2016?

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The World Health Organization and UNICEF have reported that 12.9 million infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016.

More Teens Starting HPV Vaccine, Says CDC

More Teens Starting HPV Vaccine, Says CDC

While more teenagers are now starting the HPV vaccination dose cycle, many still aren't completing the full series.

Newborns Should Receive First Dose of Hep B Vaccine Within 24 Hours of Birth, Says AAP

Newborns Should Receive First Dose of Hep B Vaccine Within 24 Hours of Birth, Says AAP

About 1000 new cases of perinatal hepatitis B infection are identified annually in the United States, says AAP.

Newborns Should Receive First Dose of Hep B Vaccine Within 24 Hours of Birth, Says AAP

Newborns Should Receive First Dose of Hep B Vaccine Within 24 Hours of Birth, Says AAP

About 1000 new cases of perinatal hepatitis B infection are identified annually in the United States, says AAP.

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

Safety and Acceptability of Inactivated Flu Vaccine Delivered by Microneedle Patch

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Microneedle patches used for the influenza vaccine are tolerated just as well as using a needle and syringe.

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Ineffective for Children in 2015-16

Live Attenuated Flu Vaccine Ineffective for Children in 2015-16

The inactivated influenza vaccine was 60% effective among children, while the live attenuated vaccine was found to be ineffective.

Vaccine Hesitancy Leads to High Health, Economic Costs

Vaccine Hesitancy Leads to High Health, Economic Costs

A recent study shows that even small declines in vaccine coverage can reduce the herd immunity effect.

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