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    1. Sharp Drop in Chickenpox Deaths Due to Vaccine

      July 25, 2011 -- Chickenpox deaths in the U.S. have been nearly eliminated thanks to widespread use of the varicella vaccine, according to a new CDC study. Researchers found chickenpox deaths have dropped by 88% overall and by 97% among children and adolescents since 1995, when the varicella vaccine

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    2. Can HPV Vaccine Stop Throat Cancer?

      June 23, 2011 -- Can HPV vaccines stop the explosive rise of HPV-related head and neck cancer? HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines protect against the sexually transmitted strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer. The same HPV strains -- spread by kissing and by oral sex -- cause oropharyngeal (OP)

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    3. Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Bowel Disorder

      June 15, 2011 -- A vaccine that prevents the most common cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration in babies was associated with a potentially life-threatening bowel disorder in a large study from Mexico and Brazil, but the risk was small. Investigators with the CDC and health agencies in Latin Ameri

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