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National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month, providing a reminder of the importance of proper vaccination just as kids are heading back to school. Schools are a prime venue for transmitting vaccine-preventable diseases, and school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they come in contact. As children get older, they are at an increased risk for some infections, and the protection from some childhood vaccines begins to fade, requiring a Read More >

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The Value of Prevention

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Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the most important advances in medical history. Once-devastating diseases like polio, which at its peak claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans each year, have been nearly eradicated. A report issued by the CDC in April estimated that vaccines will prevent 732,000 deaths and 21 million hospitalizations among children born in the US over the past 20 years. Despite this track record of overwhelming success, a recent New Read More >

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RSV Vaccines

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major pathogen in infants, children, and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the U.S., and is now recognized as a major cause of respiratory illness in adults 65 and older. The global disease burden is estimated at 64 Read More >

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Celebrate Vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week

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Each year, during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), communities across the United States work to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, the 20th anniversary of the event, NIIW is being held April 26 – May 3. When the NIIW observance was established in 1994, immunization programs were facing significant challenges. The nation was in Read More >

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USA Today: Vaccine opt-outs put public health at risk

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In an editorial yesterday, USA Today’s editors called attention to a growing public health problem: the resurgence of vaccine preventable illnesses as a result of parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. The paper notes recent outbreaks of measles in small clusters, including Orange County, California, which saw 22 cases reported this month, and Brooklyn, New York. In all of 2013, there were 189 cases reported nationwide. Already this year, we’ve seen 115 cases, in Read More >

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