Vaccines

CDC: Flu Cases Hit 7 Million in the United States

CDC: Flu Cases Hit 7 Million in the United States

Between 69,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized for flu-related illness.

Flu Vaccination During Hospitalization Safe, Convenient

Flu Vaccination During Hospitalization Safe, Convenient

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To investigate the safety of influenza vaccination during hospitalization, researchers from Kaiser Permanente assessed the health records of >250,000 patients, 6 months of age and older, who were hospitalized during any of the 3 flu seasons from 2011 to 2014 and were admitted and discharged between September 1 and March 31.

Challenges in Monitoring Vaccine Exemptions: A Real-World Example From California

Challenges in Monitoring Vaccine Exemptions: A Real-World Example From California

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A growing number of patients are requesting exemptions from vaccinations, posing a public health concern across the country and challenging states to form a response.

Two-Dose Inactivated Hepatitis A Vaccine Safe in Children and Adolescents

Two-Dose Inactivated Hepatitis A Vaccine Safe in Children and Adolescents

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Phase 4 study confirmed good safety profile for 2 doses of an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine (Avaxim® 80U Pediatric) in children age 12 months to 15 years in China.

Update on the Ethics of Mandating HPV Vaccination

Update on the Ethics of Mandating HPV Vaccination

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Following diagnosis, 66.2% of women with the disease survive 5 or more years.1 HPV causes the majority of cervical cancer cases.

Vaccine Policy in California: Are Vaccine-Hesitant Parents Exploiting Medical Exemptions?

Vaccine Policy in California: Are Vaccine-Hesitant Parents Exploiting Medical Exemptions?

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Vaccine hesitancy has been linked to an increase in recent outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other serious illnesses.

Social Medicine: The Effect of Social Media on the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Social Medicine: The Effect of Social Media on the Anti-Vaccine Movement

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The anti-vaccine movement has proliferated over recent years, thanks in part to its most vocal proponents using social media to churn out often misleading information.

CDC: Vaccination Rates More Than 95% for Kindergartners

CDC: Vaccination Rates More Than 95% for Kindergartners

Overall vaccination coverage is high among the nation's kindergarten students.

Active Choice Intervention Effective in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates at Primary Care Practices

Active Choice Intervention Effective in Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates at Primary Care Practices

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Influenza vaccination rates decline as the clinic day progresses.

Providing Vaccine Guidance for Patients Requires Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making

Providing Vaccine Guidance for Patients Requires Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making

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The relatively low rates of MenB immunization may be associated with the challenges in getting adolescents and young adults in for a routine doctor's visit.

How to Tell Your Anti-Vaccine Patients the Truth About Vaccines

How to Tell Your Anti-Vaccine Patients the Truth About Vaccines

What's the best way to tell your anti-vaccine patients the truth about vaccines?

Pharmacists Are Well-Placed to Improve Adult Vaccination Rates

Pharmacists Are Well-Placed to Improve Adult Vaccination Rates

Pharmacies can offer greater convenience, including expanded hours of operation, more flexible scheduling, and multiple locations.

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

More Hospitals Mandating Influenza Vaccines for Healthcare Workers, Survey Says

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Results still indicate a trajectory toward stricter infection prevention at hospitals in general, and highlight a possible need for increased vaccine mandates.

Platform Manufacturing May Speed Pandemic Vaccine Development

Platform Manufacturing May Speed Pandemic Vaccine Development

With the advent of platform manufacturing technology, vaccines can be developed quickly to stop the spread of outbreaks.

CDC: Get Vaccinated for Measles Before Traveling

CDC: Get Vaccinated for Measles Before Traveling

The CDC recommends 2 doses of the MMR vaccine, which provides 97% protection against measles, prior to international travel.

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.

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