The CDC released its recommendations for the 2016-17 flu season. Also, be sure to check out AAP’s What’s the Latest with Flu Report. (document attached)
News and Highlights (Child and Adolescent Immunization)
According to the annual vaccination report, only 33.3% of eligible adolescents received the CDC-recommended MenACWY booster vaccination to help protect against meningococcal meningitis, as compared to 81.3% of those teens who received the recommended first vaccination. The second booster vaccination, recommended at 16 years of age, is important because data suggest that protection from the first dose wanes within 5 years in […]
AAP Urges States to Eliminate All Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance
AAP released its policy statement: Medical Versus Non-medical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance, along with a clinical report on countering vaccine hesitancy, outlining strategies and approaches that pediatricians can use with parents to help them make the decision to vaccinate their child. Read the full news release HERE.
New Jersey received two Healthy People 2020 Immunization Coverage Awards for influenza vaccination among children age 6 month to 17 years for the 2015-16 season, and adolescents age 13-17 years, at this year’s National Immunization Conference (NIC) in Atlanta, GA (September 13-15th). Outstanding progress was also made for three adolescent vaccinations in 2015, based on National […]
Recognizing low-rates of HPV vaccination as a serious public health threat, the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the U.S. are urging parents and health care providers to protect the health of our children by encouraging completion of the 3-dose HPV vaccine series, and emphasizing the importance of a strong recommendation.
Low rates of pertussis infection in the 1990’s have given way to a dramatic spike in cases. In 2012, over 48,000 cases were reported, and 20 children died, most of whom were unimmunized infants. Larry Frenkel, MD explores the causes of the increased incidence in pertussis rates, and what should be done in his article […]
BY DR. BENARD DREYER It was late afternoon on a Friday when I got the call that there was a 5-year-old child with pneumococcal meningitis in the emergency room that needed to be admitted to the hospital. It was the first case like this that I had seen in many years. Meningitis is an infection […]
This year, the United States is having more reported cases of measles than usual. Most of these cases are associated with international travel. CDC urges healthcare professionals to consider measles when evaluating patients with febrile rash and ask about a patient’s recent travel history and contact with individuals who have recently traveled abroad. Centers for […]