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Routine School Vaccine Requirements Raise HPV Shot Rates, Too

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – Schools that require routine vaccines as a condition of attendance have higher rates of vaccination, including higher rates of immunization for the human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study finds. The HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer, as well as other cancers linked to the sexually transmitted virus. Children at these schools are also more likely to get recommended shots for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) – the so-called Tdap shot – and meningitis (the meningococcal vaccine), researchers said. One pediatrician who reviewed the new findings believes school mandates can have a big influence on whether or not a child gets immunized. "Tdap and meningococcal vaccinations rates tend to be higher due to mandatory legislation as a requirement for school entry," said Dr. Jane Swedler, chief of adolescent medicine at Winthrop-University ... Read more

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Put Vaccines on Kids' Back-to-School List

Posted 21 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – As parents start preparing to send their young ones back to the classroom, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's a good time to remember that vaccines play an important role in keeping children healthy. So, make sure your child is up-to-date on immunizations and fully protected from diseases such as measles, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), the agency advises. "Parents should know that vaccines protect children from many serious illnesses from infectious diseases. The risk of being harmed by vaccines is much smaller than the risk of serious illness from infectious diseases," Marion Gruber, director of the Office of Vaccines Research and Review at the FDA, said in an agency news release. Most side effects of vaccines are minor and temporary. For example, there may be soreness at the injection site or a child may develop a mild fever. ... Read more

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Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates. The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness. "Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that the Tdap vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their unborn children," said. Berenson. "It's important for women to get the Tdap vaccine while they are pregnant to protect their infants from pertussis [whooping cough]. Doctors can share the findings of our paper with their pregnant patients to let them know the vaccine is safe for them and their babies." The Tdap vaccine is currently recommended for all pregnant women in the United States. The study was published recently in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. For the ... Read more

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Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks

Posted 5 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – The booster shot given to pre-teens to ward off whooping cough only works for a short time – a fact that has played a big role in recent outbreaks in California, a new study finds. The study, of children in one large California health plan, found that the whooping cough booster shot offered "moderate" protection for about a year. But that immunity waned so quickly that little protection remained after two or three years. Experts said the findings, reported online Feb. 5 and in the March print issue of Pediatrics, underscore the limits of today's whooping cough vaccines. It's been clear for years that cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, are rising in the United States. In 2012, more than 48,000 cases were reported nationwide – the highest number since 1955, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What's more, the agency says, older ... Read more

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More Than Half of U.S. States Not Well Prepared for Disease Outbreaks: Study

Posted 17 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 – More than half of U.S. states are poorly prepared to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, a new report says. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C. did not pass muster for preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to such outbreaks, researchers found. They added that the United States must boost efforts to protect Americans from new threats such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and antibiotic-resistant superbugs, along with resurging diseases such as tuberculosis, whooping cough and gonorrhea. Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, New York and Virginia tied for the top score, achieving eight of 10 indicators of preparedness. They were followed by: Alaska, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nebraska at seven of 10; and Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, ... Read more

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Childhood Whooping Cough Tied to Small Rise in Epilepsy Risk

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Whooping cough may be tied to a slightly increased risk for a young child to develop epilepsy, a new study finds. Whooping cough (pertussis) is relatively rare in the United States, however. And the absolute risk to any one child of getting epilepsy remains "low," said Dr. Meghan Fleming, a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She reviewed the findings from the new study. According to background information in the study, vaccination can prevent whooping cough, but roughly 16 million cases of the disease still occur worldwide each year. There were nearly 50,000 whooping cough cases reported in the United States in 2012, the study authors noted. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Morten Olsen of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark looked at 4,700 Danish children with whooping cough. The children in the study were born between 1978 and 2011 and ... Read more

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More Parents See Benefits of Vaccines, Poll Finds

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – American parents' views about childhood vaccines became more favorable over the past year, a new poll finds. During that time, a number of measles and whooping cough outbreaks made headlines across the country, the researchers noted. "Over the last year, there have been high-profile news stories about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough. These news reports may be influencing how parents perceive childhood vaccines across the country," Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll, said in a news release. Davis is also a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. "Outbreaks of disease can safely be prevented through childhood vaccination, but there are deeply held convictions about parents' autonomy and remaining concerns ... Read more

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Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds

Posted 4 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 – A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation may help explain a recent surge in the number of Americans with whooping cough (pertussis). "Among adolescents, within the first year following immunization the vaccine effectiveness was 73 percent," said study author Dr. Anna Acosta, an epidemiologist in the CDC's division of bacterial diseases. "But by two to four years out, it had fallen to about 34 percent effectiveness." Still, Acosta stressed, "we really need to keep in mind that while vaccines are not perfect, they are still the best way to provide protection among children and adolescents." In the United States, very young children get a five-dose series of the whooping cough vaccine. A sixth ... Read more

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Sanofi Pasteur Announces FDA Approval of Quadracel DTaP-IPV Vaccine for Children 4 through 6 Years of Age

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

SWIFTWATER, Pa., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi , announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved use of Quadracel (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Absorbed and Inactivated Poliovirus; DTaP-IPV) vaccine for active immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliomyelitis in children 4 through 6 years of age. "The FDA approval of Quadracel vaccine provides health care providers with a new combination vaccine, potentially reducing the number of vaccine injections children aged 4 through 6 would need," said David P. Greenberg, M.D., Vice President, U.S. Scientific and Medical Affairs, Sanofi Pasteur. "Our goal is to help remove barriers to timely immunization and we think this combination vaccine could help ensure children are getting vaccinated in line with current ... Read more

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Study Links Antibiotics to Digestive Complication in Infants

Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – Using certain antibiotics early in infancy may raise the risk of a serious gastrointestinal condition called pyloric stenosis, a new study indicates. Doctors have known that using the antibiotic erythromycin can increase the risk of pyloric stenosis in infants. The new findings confirmed that link, and also found that the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax) is associated with a higher risk of pyloric stenosis when given to infants under 6 weeks old. "Ingestion of oral azithromycin and erythromycin places young infants at increased the risk of developing [pyloric stenosis]," wrote the study authors, from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Md. "This association is strongest if the exposure occurred in the first two weeks of life, but persists, although to a lesser degree, in children between 2 and 6 weeks of age." However, it's ... Read more

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Vaccine Opponents Often Cluster in Communities

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated appear to be clustered in certain areas, a new study suggests. Among more than 150,000 children in 13 counties in Northern California, the researchers found five clusters where kids had missed one or more vaccinations by the time they were 3 years old. "It's known from other studies that areas where there are clusters of vaccine refusal are at higher risk of epidemics, such as whooping cough epidemics," said lead investigator Dr. Tracy Lieu, a pediatrician and director of the division of research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in Oakland. "Clusters may deserve special outreach efforts to make sure parents have all the information they need to make informed decisions about vaccination," she said. Specifically, the researchers found the rate of missed vaccinations within these clusters ranged from 18 ... Read more

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California Infants Hit Hard by Whooping Cough Epidemic: Report

Posted 4 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 – A new analysis of the whooping cough epidemic in California finds that infants have been hit the hardest, and it calls for increased efforts to vaccinate pregnant women so their babies are protected. In what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak in 70 years, 9,935 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were diagnosed between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26. That translated into 26 cases per 100,000 people, according to a report in the Dec. 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "Pertussis incidence is likely to continue to increase in the United States due to the natural cycle of disease and the waning of immunity conferred by currently available vaccines," according to the CDC report. "Strategies to prevent the most severe cases of pertussis, which occur primarily in young infants, should be ... Read more

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Whooping Cough Vaccine Rates During Pregnancy Fall Short: CDC

Posted 26 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 – To protect newborns from whooping cough, U.S. health officials advise all women to get vaccinated against the infection during pregnancy. But researchers report that too few do. This Michigan-based study of women covered by Medicaid – the publicly funded insurance program for the poor – found only 14 percent got the shot while pregnant. Black, Asian and Arab women were less likely than whites to receive the vaccine, according to the report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Outbreaks in recent years led to a 2011 recommendation that women who hadn't had the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine get it during pregnancy. In 2013, the guidelines were revised to include a Tdap dose in every pregnancy. Infants, who are at ... Read more

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Persistent Cough in Kids Can Often Be Whooping Cough

Posted 25 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – One-fifth of British school-age children who visit their doctors because of a persistent cough are diagnosed with whooping cough, according to a new study. What's more, most of the children have been fully vaccinated, the study authors reported. "Pertussis [whooping cough] can still be found in a fifth of school-age children who present in primary care with persistent cough and can cause clinically significant cough in fully vaccinated children," Kay Wang, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues wrote in the study published online June 24 in BMJ. The researchers looked at 279 children, aged 5 to 15, who were seen by their family doctor about a cough that had lasted two to eight weeks. Tests showed that 20 percent of the children had evidence of recent whooping cough infection, including 18 percent who had been fully vaccinated against the disease. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Learn the Signs of Whooping Cough

Posted 24 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Whooping cough (pertussis) is a viral infection that can cause serious complications in children under age 1. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs of the infection include: Cold-like symptoms including stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, fever and mild cough. A more serious cough develops over time and can persist for weeks. Rapid, violent and persistent coughing that forces air from the lungs and results in a loud "whoop" sound during inhalation. Babies may have apnea, a condition characterized by pauses in breathing. Read more

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