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  1. Are 2 HPV Shots as Good as 3 for Preteen Girls?

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Preteen girls may get the same immune response against human papillomavirus (HPV) with two doses of vaccine as young women get with the full three-shot series, a new study suggests. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection tha

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  2. Anti-Vaccine Parents Seek Like-Minded Opinions

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Friends and family may be key in parents' decisions on whether to vaccinate their young children, a small study suggests. The study, of about 200 parents, found that those who had opted not to follow the standard vaccine schedule

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  3. Parents' Worries About HPV Vaccine on the Rise

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although experts recommend girls and young women be vaccinated against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine's safety, a new U.S. study shows. Experts say th

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  4. What Is the Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

    When pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, wrote The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, he envisioned giving parents more choices on how to vaccinate their children if they were concerned about a vaccine’s side effects or ingredients or the large number of shots that kids rece

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  5. U.S. Measles Cases, Outbreaks Quadruple in 2011

    April 19, 2012 -- Measles cases are spiking sharply in the U.S., the CDC reported today. The 222 cases and 17 outbreaks seen in 2011 are nearly four times the median of 60 cases and four outbreaks per year seen over the last decade. A third of patients were hospitalized. The surge in cases is largel

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  6. No Rise in Seizure Risk With MMRV Booster Shot

    April 2, 2012 -- There is little to no risk that the four-in-one measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox vaccine (MMRV) causes fever-related seizures in children 4 to 6 years old, a new CDC-funded study confirms. In the U.S. parents can decide to give their child the four-in-one combination MMRV vaccine (m

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  7. Expert Q&A: Childhood Vaccine Safety

    For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance -- protecting your child against disease naturally helps you sleep better at night -- but also anxiety about side effects and reactions. With misinformation about vaccines and health problems, it can be difficult for a parent to sort it all

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  8. Combo Vaccine May Raise Babies’ Risk for Fever-Caused Seizures

    Feb. 21, 2012 -- Babies and toddlers can sometimes spike fevers that lead to seizures, which can be terrifying for parents. Those seizures, called febrile seizures, have sometimes been linked to childhood vaccines. Now a large new study from Denmark shows that babies have an increased risk of gettin

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  9. Rotavirus Vaccine Not Linked to Risk of Intestinal Disorder

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- Despite studies showing that the rotavirus vaccine can reduce the number of children hospitalized for severe diarrhea, some U.S. doctors are slow to embrace it for fear that this vaccine may increase an infant’s risk of a life-threatening bowel blockage (intussusception). It’s a case

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  10. Environmental Chemicals May Thwart Kids' Vaccines

    Jan. 24, 2012 -- Routine vaccines may not work as well in children with elevated blood levels of chemicals called PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), according to a new study. PFCs are widely found in consumer goods such as food packaging, stain-resistant carpeting, and other products. In the new study

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