FDA chief: Federal government might step in if states don't change lax vaccine laws. The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in. Nearly all states allow children to attend school even if their parents opt out of vaccines. These vaccine exemptions are especially popular in Washington state, where a measles outbreak started last month that has now sickened at least 67 people in four states. And New York has been working to contain its largest outbreak in decades, which began in October and has sickened more than 200 people.

  • Lawmakers Move to End Religious Exemption for Mandatory Vaccinations

    The New Jersey Assembly passed a measure late last week removing the religious exemption as a reason parents can refrain from having their children vaccinated. While the measure was just an amendment to a larger bill on mandatory immunization (A-3818), it signaled a new position state officials may be taking in the controversial vaccination debate.  […]

  • Flu Activity Increases

    Flu activity increased over the past week, squelching hopes of an early peak and leading at least 12 states to shut down some schools. Flu activity is expected to remain elevated for weeks, with 18 states and New York City experiencing high activity last week, an increase over the previous week when only nine states […]

  • Protect Me With Three

    Needs our help in judging the 7th Annual Poster/Video contest. Interested in volunteering your artistic eye to help? Over 300 entries from students across the state have been submitted, the submissions have been pre-screened and now all that remains is selecting the the top five in each category. Judges will be responsible for reviewing and […]

  • Past Vaccination Rates Can Predict the Future

    Why is it so challenging to increase the number of people vaccinated against a known infectious disease, such as measles? A new research study from Dartmouth College shows that past problems with vaccines can cause a phenomenon known as ‘hysteresis’. Hysteresis means creating a negative history that stiffens public resolve against vaccination, says these Dartmouth researchers. […]

  • VFC

    VFC Announcement “Taking a Shot at Vaccine Ordering”

    How Frequently May I Order? Ensuring you have enough vaccines for your eligible patient population is a priority. In this issue of the NJ VFC Program Announcement, we address your frequently asked questions and review the steps for successful vaccine ordering. Read the VFC Announcement to learn more.

  • CDC Campaign

    Join in CDC’s Campaign to Fight Flu! Join the campaign by sharing messages on the importance of flu vaccination, preventive actions, and antiviral treatment. Resources, including social media and newsletter messages, and graphics are available in our digital campaign toolkit.

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