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  1. Hib Outbreak Kills Unvaccinated Child

    Jan. 23, 2009 - A Hib meningitis outbreak has killed one Minnesota infant and sickened four others, prompting the CDC to warn parents to make sure their kids have had their basic Hib vaccinations. Hib is Haemophilus influenzae type B. Before a vaccine became available in 1992, some 20,000 U.S. child

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  2. Alternative Vaccine Schedule Stirs Debate

    Dec. 29, 2008 -- A popular book that presents an alternative vaccine schedule for infants and toddlers is flawed, misguided, and puts children at significant risk of preventable diseases, the journal Pediatrics reports in a harshly-worded article. The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your

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  3. Hib Vaccine Shortage Extended

    Nov. 20, 2008 -- The current U.S. shortage of childhood Hib vaccine will continue at least until mid-2009, the CDC warns. The shortage began in December 2007, when Merck recalled certain lots of its Hib vaccine because of possible bacterial contamination and shut down its manufacturing facility. Thi

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  4. Rotavirus Vaccine a Success Story

    Oct. 27, 2008 (Washington, D.C.) -- A vaccine against rotavirus, an infectious disease that causes potentially deadly diarrhea in infants, has led to a remarkable drop in hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room, researchers say. Since it was introduced two years ago, the RotaTeq vaccine ha

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  5. 25% of Teen Girls Got HPV Vaccine

    Oct. 9, 2008 - One in four U.S. teenage girls has been vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), the CDC says. The finding comes from data collected in 2007 in the CDC's second annual survey of teen vaccine coverage. It's the first look at how well the HPV vaccine was a

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  6. Gardasil Approved to Target More Cancers

    Sept. 12, 2008 -- The FDA today announced that the vaccine Gardasil may be used to prevent some cancers of the vulva and vagina in girls and women ages 9-26. Gardasil is already approved to help prevent a leading cause of cervical cancer in women of that same age range. Gardasil targets four strains

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  7. Childhood Vaccination Rates High

    Sept. 4, 2008 -- Childhood vaccination rates are at or near record highs, the CDC announced today. Most parents are vaccinating their kids, with less than 1% of children not getting any vaccines by age 19-35 months, according to a new CDC report. "The ongoing success of our nation's immunization pro

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  8. Measles Outbreaks Worry CDC

    Aug. 21, 2008 -- CDC officials worry that a surge in U.S. measles outbreaks means a return of the disease to American shores. In 2000, the CDC declared that measles no longer was spreading in the U.S. Since then, there have been an average of 63 cases a year that come from infections acquired outsid

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  9. New Children's Vaccines Added

    June 26, 2008 -- A CDC panel has approved a new two-dose rotavirus vaccine for infants, a five-disease vaccine for infants, and a four-disease booster vaccine for kids. The new combination vaccines would cut the number of shots kids have to undergo for protection against vaccine-preventable diseases

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  10. New Children's Vaccine Means Fewer Shots

    June 24, 2008 -- A new five-in-one vaccine means fewer shots are needed to protect babies and toddlers from potentially dangerous infections. The FDA has approved Pentacel, the first combination vaccine to protect children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophil

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