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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Guidelines for Immunizations

    June 1, 2010 -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a revised policy statement, says increasing immunization coverage for children, teens, and young adults should be promoted more aggressively to achieve better immunization rates. The AAP says data from the 2007 National Immunization Survey

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  8. No Ill Effects When Kids Get Vaccines on Time

    May 24, 2010 -- Children should be vaccinated on time because this results in better outcomes than delaying immunization, a study shows. The research also shows that children who are vaccinated on time have no adverse effects on neuropsychological evaluation seven to 10 years later. The study is pub

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  9. FDA: Rotavirus Vaccines Safe Despite Pig Virus

    May 14, 2010 - Both rotavirus vaccines given to U.S. infants carry tiny amounts of pig virus or pig virus DNA -- but due to the vaccines' strong safety record, the FDA says doctors should resume their use. Last March, the FDA suspended use of GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix when newly available techniques

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  10. More Parents Refuse, Delay Child's Vaccinations

    May 5, 2010 -- In 2008, 39% of parents refused or delayed giving at least one routine vaccine to their children, up from 22% just five years earlier, the CDC reports. Despite the delays, which widen the critical period in which kids are most vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases, the percentage

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