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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Vaccines for Teens: Some States' Rates Lag

    Aug. 20, 2010 - More teens are getting their recommended vaccinations, but rates are still below target levels, the CDC reports. There are two recommended vaccines for all teens: One dose of menigococcal meningitis vaccine (MenACWY) One dose of the tetanus/diphtheria/whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) On

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  9. Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California

    July 21, 2010 -- Six infants have died in California in what looks like the state's worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. To date, the CDC says South Carolina is the only other state where whooping cough cases have exceeded the "epidemic threshold" -- a statistical measure that means there are

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  10. Seizure Risk Rises With MMRV Vaccine

    June 28, 2010 -- The risk of fever-related seizures in infants nearly doubles with the four-in-one measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox vaccine (MMRV) compared to when the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and chickenpox vaccine are given separately, according to a new study. Even so, the risk of febr

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