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    1. Measles Outbreaks Worry CDC

      Aug. 21, 2008 -- CDC officials worry that a surge in U.S. measles outbreaks means a return of the disease to American shores. In 2000, the CDC declared that measles no longer was spreading in the U.S. Since then, there have been an average of 63 cases a year that come from infections acquired outsid

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    2. New Children's Vaccines Added

      June 26, 2008 -- A CDC panel has approved a new two-dose rotavirus vaccine for infants, a five-disease vaccine for infants, and a four-disease booster vaccine for kids. The new combination vaccines would cut the number of shots kids have to undergo for protection against vaccine-preventable diseases

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    3. New Children's Vaccine Means Fewer Shots

      June 24, 2008 -- A new five-in-one vaccine means fewer shots are needed to protect babies and toddlers from potentially dangerous infections. The FDA has approved Pentacel, the first combination vaccine to protect children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophil

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    4. Cities Get Grip on Measles Outbreaks

      May 19, 2008 -- Measles outbreaks that resulted in quarantines in two cities and 26 cases in a third now appear to be under control, health officials said Monday. Officials from New York City, Milwaukee, and San Diego said they were guardedly optimistic that measles outbreaks that sickened a total o

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    5. Measles Strikes 72 People in 10 States

      May 1, 2008 -- Measles has sickened at least 72 people in 10 states this year, according to the CDC. The CDC notes ongoing measles outbreaks in four states -- Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and New York -- additional cases in Washington reported since April 25, and earlier cases in California, Hawaii

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    6. More Teen Girls Faint After Vaccination

      May 1, 2008 -- The CDC and FDA are getting more reports of people age 5 and older -- mostly teenage girls -- who faint soon after vaccination. The CDC's advice: Health care providers should observe patients for 15 minutes after vaccination. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), a data

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    7. 1 in 4 Toddlers Improperly Vaccinated

      April 29, 2008 -- Many young children in the United States have been under- or improperly vaccinated, and vaccine coverage rates are lower than previously reported as a result, the CDC says. Using a modified method for calculating vaccine coverage, CDC researchers concluded that more than one in fou

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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