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  1. Child Vaccines: Some Parents Ill at Ease

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes probably wasn't thinking about child vaccines or parental rights when he said "the right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." But the intersection of private rights and the public good addressed by Holmes is a subject much on the minds

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  2. Mumps Vaccine Good, Not Perfect

    April 9, 2008 -- The 2006 eight-state U.S. mumps outbreak was the first ever caused by "two-dose vaccine failure," the CDC says. Failure, however, seems too strong a word. The vaccine is known to be 80% to 90% effective after two doses -- not 100% effective. That means that one or two out of 10 peop

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  3. Rotavirus Vaccine Offers Earlier Protection

    April 8, 2008 -- A new vaccine approved by the FDA promises to provide earlier protection against a leading cause of potentially deadly diarrhea in children. GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix vaccine helps prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis, a common childhood condition responsible for as many as 70,000 hosp

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  4. Vaccine FAQ

      March 6, 2008 -- What are the real benefits -- and the real risks -- of U.S. childhood vaccines? Do vaccines cause autism? Why do some vaccines still contain the controversial, mercury-based compound thimerosal? WebMD went to experts for the answers to some frequently asked questions: "Vaccines he

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  5. 4-in-1 Vaccine Ups Child Seizure Risk

    Feb. 26, 2008 -- ProQuad, Merck's 4-in-1 measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox vaccine, doubles children's seizure risk compared with two separate MMR and chickenpox shots. Even at twice the risk, 12- to 23-month-old children who get the vaccine have only a 1 in 2,000 higher chance of having a febrile se

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  6. Sugar Soothes Kids' Immunization Pain

    Feb. 4, 2008 -- A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down in some unexpected ways. A new study suggests sugar may prevent childhood immunization pain. Researchers found babies given a dose of sugar solution before their immunization shots experienced less pain than those given a placebo. Cur

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  7. Measles Vaccine: No Autism Link

    Feb. 4, 2008 -- The measles vaccine doesn't cause long-lasting measles infection or raise abnormal immune responses in kids with autism, a new study confirms. A 1998 study of 12 children suggested that their autism might be linked to measles vaccine -- given as part of the routine measles-mumps-rube

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  8. Mercury in Vaccines Leaves Blood Fast

    Jan 30, 2008 -- Ethyl mercury from the vaccine preservative thimerosal leaves the blood 10 times faster than methyl mercury, on which current risk assessments are based. Only trace levels of thimerosal can be found in U.S. vaccines, except in multi-dose vials of flu vaccine (single-dose flu vaccine

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  9. Better Meningitis Vaccine for Infants

    Jan. 8, 2008 -- A new meningitis vaccine protects infants against multiple strains of a meningitis bug, not just the single strain in the current infant vaccine. The finding comes from a British/Canadian clinical trial that tested the new vaccine in 421 healthy infants. Meningitis caused by Neisseri

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  10. CDC Alters Kids' Vaccine Recommendation

    Dec. 19, 2007 -- The CDC today announced a temporary change to its recommendations for a common childhood vaccine. The vaccine is the Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Hib vaccine). For now, the CDC has deferred the Hib vaccine booster shot for most kids aged 12-15 months due to a recall-relate

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