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.
Representative Gene Greene of Texas and Dr. Litjen Tan discuss barriers contributing to our countries stubbornly low adult immunization rates, and provide a call to action to make adult immunization one of the crowning public health achievements of the 21st century in this April 18th Op-Ed piece from The Hill.
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 The Problem with Pertussis.
The New Jersey Dept. of Health has issued New Guidance for Clinicians caring for patients in the context of the meningococcal disease outbreak at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.
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On November 4th the New Jersey Immunization Network (NJIN) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) hosted an Adult Immunization Summit at Princeton University. The Summit brought together leaders in healthcare, business, government, academia and medical research to discuss how increasing adult immunization rates can improve public health in New Jersey. The Summit featured nationally recognized presenters in the fields of vaccine-preventable disease, health economics, and health disparities.
During the Summit, the ACP launched its groundbreaking I Raise the Rates initiative, a quality improvement initiative to improve public health in New Jersey by encouraging appropriate immunization of adults by clinical providers.
Along with NJIN and the ACP, the following organizations participated in the Summit: The New Jersey Department of Health; Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School; Rutgers University School of Public Health; The New Jersey State Nurses Association; The New Jersey American Academy of Family Practice; The New Jersey Pharmacists Association; New Jersey Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; New Jersey Forum of Advance Practice Nurses; New Jersey State Association of Occupational Health Nurses; and AARP.
To view the Summit agenda and links to each presentation, click HERE.
This guide tells you what you should know for the 2015-2016 influenza season. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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 of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, and pneumococcus is one of the bacteria that commonly caused meningitis in children before we started immunizing them with the pneumococcal vaccine in 2000.