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    1. 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 help

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Common Childhood Vaccine Recalled

      Dec. 12, 2007 -- The CDC and FDA today announced the recall of 1.2 million doses of children's Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Hib vaccine) due to concerns of product sterility. No health problems have been reported, and no tainted vaccines have been found, says CDC Director Julie Gerberding,

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    9. Online Vaccine Videos Questioned

      Dec. 4, 2007 -- If you turn to YouTube to get information about immunizations, you may want to keep the findings of a new study in mind. In February, University of Toronto researchers screened 153 vaccine videos posted on YouTube. The videos included clips for and against immunization, and some of t

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    10. Vaccines Cut Diseases to Record Lows

      Nov. 13, 2007 -- Most vaccine-preventable diseases are rarer than ever in the U.S., CDC researchers reported today. They tracked reported cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for 13 diseases that have vaccines recommended by the CDC since before 2005. Consider these findings from 2006: A 92% drop in

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