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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Cities Get Grip on Measles Outbreaks

    May 19, 2008 -- Measles outbreaks that resulted in quarantines in two cities and 26 cases in a third now appear to be under control, health officials said Monday. Officials from New York City, Milwaukee, and San Diego said they were guardedly optimistic that measles outbreaks that sickened a total o

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  6. Measles Strikes 72 People in 10 States

    May 1, 2008 -- Measles has sickened at least 72 people in 10 states this year, according to the CDC. The CDC notes ongoing measles outbreaks in four states -- Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, and New York -- additional cases in Washington reported since April 25, and earlier cases in California, Hawaii

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  7. Mumps Vaccine Good, Not Perfect

    April 9, 2008 -- The 2006 eight-state U.S. mumps outbreak was the first ever caused by "two-dose vaccine failure," the CDC says. Failure, however, seems too strong a word. The vaccine is known to be 80% to 90% effective after two doses -- not 100% effective. That means that one or two out of 10 peop

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  8. Rotavirus Vaccine Offers Earlier Protection

    April 8, 2008 -- A new vaccine approved by the FDA promises to provide earlier protection against a leading cause of potentially deadly diarrhea in children. GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix vaccine helps prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis, a common childhood condition responsible for as many as 70,000 hosp

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  9. Vaccine FAQ

      March 6, 2008 -- What are the real benefits -- and the real risks -- of U.S. childhood vaccines? Do vaccines cause autism? Why do some vaccines still contain the controversial, mercury-based compound thimerosal? WebMD went to experts for the answers to some frequently asked questions: "Vaccines he

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  10. 4-in-1 Vaccine Ups Child Seizure Risk

    Feb. 26, 2008 -- ProQuad, Merck's 4-in-1 measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox vaccine, doubles children's seizure risk compared with two separate MMR and chickenpox shots. Even at twice the risk, 12- to 23-month-old children who get the vaccine have only a 1 in 2,000 higher chance of having a febrile se

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