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  1. WebMD Survey: Safety Biggest Vaccine Worry for Parents

    March 31, 2011 -- Parents worry a lot about vaccine risks and side effects, and most of them are questioning doctors about those concerns. A recent WebMD survey of parents found that: About two-thirds search online for information about the vaccines recommended for their children. Nearly 70% say the

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  2. Did CDC Conspire to Hide Vaccine Risk?

    Did the CDC conspire with vaccine advocates to hide evidence that children get autism from mercury in vaccines? The claim was made most forcefully by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in a 2005 article published in print by Rolling Stone and online by Salon, and in what Kennedy called an "original research pape

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  3. Small Seizure Risk With Flu, Pneumococcal Vaccines

    Feb. 23, 2011 -- Combining the annual flu shot with other vaccines -- particularly the pneumococcal PCV13 vaccine -- may increase a child's risk of a seizure associated with high fever. It's a small risk of a scary but not very dangerous seizure. About one in 25 kids under age 5 get a febrile seizur

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  4. Updated Vaccine Schedule for Children, Teens

    Feb. 1, 2011 -- An updated vaccine schedule for children and teens is out from the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Parents should be aware that the vaccine schedule is updated every year," Cody Meissner, MD, a consultant to the AAP's Committee on Infectious Disease who helped update the new schedul

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  5. Should Your Child Get the HPV Vaccine?

    If you have a child who is at least 9 years old, you may be weighing whether he or she should get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Men and women can carry it. HPV sometimes plays a role in

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  6. Chickenpox Vaccine Drastically Cuts Hospitalizations

    Jan. 3, 2011 -- The chickenpox vaccine prevented more than 50,000 hospitalizations from 2000 to 2006, according to new data published in the February issue of Pediatrics. This time frame is known as the one-dose chickenpox (varicella) vaccination era. In 2006, however, the CDC began recommending two

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  7. Surviving Meningitis: Carl Buher’s Story

    On an autumn day in 2003, Carl Buher came down with a high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion. His parents, Curt and Lori Buher, thought he had flu, like his football buddies. But when Carl became disoriented and developed purple splotches all over his face and arms, they rushed him t

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  8. Whooping Cough Vaccine: Booster Shots Advised

    Oct. 28, 2010 -- Prompted by a recent surge in whooping cough deaths, particularly in infants, the nation's chief vaccine advisory panel says more Americans of all ages should get Tdap booster shots. In California, 10 infant deaths from whooping cough led to a massive vaccination campaign. Now the A

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  9. Unraveling the Whooping Cough Epidemic

    In California, 2010 started out much like many others for the public health detectives who keep an eye on infectious diseases. But by the end of the year, 10 California babies were dead from whooping cough, aka pertussis, a highly contagious disease that’s preventable by a vaccine. Kathleen Harriman

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  10. Kids Are Getting Vaccinated

    Sept. 16, 2010 -- Children between 19 and 35 months of age are getting immunized at high rates against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, the CDC says in a new report. “Nearly all parents are choosing to have their children protected against dangerous childhood diseases through vaccination,

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