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  1. New Schedule for Childhood Vaccines

    Jan. 6, 2010 - H1N1 swine flu shots, a meningitis booster, and a genital warts vaccine for boys are the big changes to the 2010 childhood vaccination schedule. The changes were recommended by a CDC advisory panel last October. Now approval of the changes by the American Academy of Pediatrics makes t

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  2. Vaccine Refusal Raises Chickenpox Risk

    Jan. 4, 2010 -- Chickenpox cases have dropped by about 80% in the U.S. since a vaccine to prevent the disease became available almost 15 years ago, but many parents still reject immunization because of concerns about vaccine safety. Now new research confirms what public health officials have long kn

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  3. CDC: Partial OK of Gardasil for Boys

    Oct. 21, 2009 -- Parents of boys may get federal funds to pay for the Gardasil HPV vaccine to prevent sexually transmitted genital warts, a CDC advisory panel today ruled. But the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) did not fully recommend the vaccine to boys, as it does for girls. F

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  4. Tylenol May Weaken Infant Vaccines

    Oct. 15, 2009 - Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, weakens infants' immune responses to vaccines, a compelling new study suggests. Infants often get a mild fever after getting vaccines. Some pediatricians routinely use acetaminophen to prevent vaccine-related fever. But that's not a go

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  5. 37% of U.S. Teen Girls Got HPV Vaccine

    Sept. 17, 2009 -- More than one in three U.S. teen girls has had at least one shot of Gardasil, a CDC survey shows, but only 18% of girls got the three shots needed for protection. The survey includes girls vaccinated through 2008, two years after Gardasil's approval. A second HPV vaccine, GlaxoSmit

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  6. Unvaccinated Kids Getting Whooping Cough

    May 26, 2009 -- Children of parents who refuse to give them vaccines are more likely than fully immunized kids to get whooping cough, according to a new study. Researchers say the number of parents refusing to vaccinate their children is on the rise, and this study demonstrates the risk of the bacte

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  7. Easy Way to Ease Infant Immunization Pain

    May 4, 2009 -- Changing the order in which a standard set of infant immunizations are given may be a simple way to minimize the pain and crying they cause. A new study shows that infants who received the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) following the combination vaccine for diphtheria, polio, te

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  8. CMV Vaccine in the Works

    March 18, 2009 -- An experimental vaccine may curb cytomegalovirus (CMV) in women, which might reduce CMV-related birth defects in their children. That’s according to a new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. CMV is common and it doesn't typically show symptoms in adults. It can

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  9. 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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  10. 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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