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  1. Vaccination Rate for Kindergartners Is Over 90%

    June 2, 2011 -- More than 90% of children entering kindergarten in the U.S. have had most recommended immunizations, although coverage rates remain below target goals for most states, the CDC says. The newly published vaccination coverage report for the first time includes state-by-state data on vac

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  2. FDA OKs Meningitis Vaccine for Infants

    April 26, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the use of Menactra, a vaccine that prevents a life-threatening form of meningitis, in children as young as 9 months. Menactra is already approved for use in people ages 2 through 55. It helps prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by a bacterium called

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  3. Most Parents Confident About Vaccine Safety

    April 18, 2011 -- Two new studies seek to better understand parents’ attitudes about vaccine safety and analyze potential barriers to routine childhood vaccination. The new reports appear in a special vaccine safety supplement in journal Pediatrics. There has been some concern about vaccine safety a

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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