Vaccines

A Zika vaccine could virtually eliminate prenatal infections

Zika virus shown to be of moderate to high efficacy in eliminating prenatal infections.

Maternal TDF not effective in reducing hepatitis B transmission

Maternal TDF not effective in reducing hepatitis B transmission

TDF did not reduce mother-to-child HBV transmission in mothers taking hepatitis B Ig and HBV vaccine.

Clinician HPV interventions facilitate adolescent HPV vaccination

Clinician HPV interventions facilitate adolescent HPV vaccination

Clinicians using communication training and fact sheets to inform adolescents about HPV, significantly increased vaccination initiation and completion rates among their patients.

Newer HIV testing options underused in Black MSM and transgender women

Newer HIV testing options underused in Black MSM and transgender women

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Increasing awareness of and access to newer HIV testing options such as free or reduced price on home and self-tests and couples HIV testing and counseling can facilitate increased levels of consistent testing among young, Black MSM, and transgender women.

CDC: Influenza vaccine 25% effective against H3N2 in 2017-2018

CDC: Influenza vaccine 25% effective against H3N2 in 2017-2018

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The 2017 to 2018 influenza vaccine reduces the chance of getting the disease by about 33%, but is only 25% effective against H3N2, otherwise known as influenza A.

Influenza vaccine not associated with increased risk of epilepsy in children

No increased risk of incident epilepsy was seen among children who received influenza vaccination during the 2009-2010 influenza season in Norway.

ACIP releases 2018 recommended immunization schedule for adults

ACIP releases 2018 recommended immunization schedule for adults

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated its immunization recommendations for adults.

2018 Immunization schedule for children, adolescents: ACIP recommendations

2018 Immunization schedule for children, adolescents: ACIP recommendations

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The updates contain new or revised ACIP recommendations for poliovirus, influenza, and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, as well as a clarification of the recommendations for rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines.

The race to develop a universal influenza vaccine

The race to develop a universal influenza vaccine

NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is researching ways to develop a universal influenza vaccine against multiple strains.

Herpes zoster subunit vaccine more effective, less expensive than live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine

Herpes zoster subunit vaccine more effective, less expensive than live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine

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The adjuvanted herpes zoster subunit vaccine is more effective and less expensive than the live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine at all ages.

Provider-demanded flu testing less likely in elderly patients

Provider-demanded flu testing less likely in elderly patients

Younger adults are more likely to have provider-ordered flu testing than older adults.

Multiple flu vaccinations may prevent death, serious infection

Multiple flu vaccinations may prevent death, serious infection

Intensive care and death were greatly prevented in patients who were annually vaccinated.

Flu vaccine safe for individuals with egg allergy

Flu vaccine safe for individuals with egg allergy

Inactivated and live attenuated flu vaccines can be safely administered to people with egg allergies.

Healthcare system fires 50 employees for refusing influenza vaccination

Healthcare system fires 50 employees for refusing influenza vaccination

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A Minnesota-based hospital chain fires about 50 employees for refusal to receive the influenza vaccine.

FDA approves Heplisav-B vaccine for hepatitis B treatment

FDA approves Heplisav-B vaccine for hepatitis B treatment

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Heplisav-B for the prevention of infection caused by all known subtypes of hepatitis B virus.

Reduced effectiveness of last season's flu vaccine traced to mutation in chicken eggs

Reduced effectiveness of last season's flu vaccine traced to mutation in chicken eggs

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New virus mutations make antibody binding difficult as mismatches in vaccines and viruses emerge.

Proposed pneumonia vaccine provides universal pneumococcal disease prevention

Proposed pneumonia vaccine provides universal pneumococcal disease prevention

A pneumonia vaccine under development provides the most comprehensive coverage to date and alleviates antimicrobial concerns.

Vaccination coverage remains above 90% for infants

Vaccination coverage remains above 90% for infants

Infants aged 19-35 months had vaccination rates above 90%.

CDC committee recommends new shingles vaccine

CDC committee recommends new shingles vaccine

CDC voted for Shingrix over Zostavax as herpes zoster vaccine of choice

Module created to improve adult vaccination rates

Module created to improve adult vaccination rates

The AMA STEPS Forward module helps health care professionals save time by creating a team-based approach for an adult immunization program.

No evidence that the influenza vaccine causes VTE

No evidence that the influenza vaccine causes VTE

In the 1 to 10 days after flu vaccine administration, there was no increased risk for VTE.

Positive mood associated with enhanced responses to influenza vaccination

Positive mood associated with enhanced responses to influenza vaccination

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Greater positive mood significantly predicted greater antibody responses to the influenza vaccination.

Tdap vaccination during pregnancy protects infants from pertussis

Tdap vaccination during pregnancy protects infants from pertussis

With a continuing resurgence in pertussis, efforts should focus on maximizing Tdap uptake among pregnant women.

Half of adults with work-related asthma receive pneumococcal vaccination

Half of adults with work-related asthma receive pneumococcal vaccination

The researchers found that 42% of the estimated 12 million ever-employed adults with current asthma had received a pneumococcal vaccine.

CDC releases updated influenza vaccine recommendations for 2017-2018

CDC releases updated influenza vaccine recommendations for 2017-2018

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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released the guidelines for the 2017-2018 season.

AAP: Hepatitis B vaccine should be given within first 24 hours of life

AAP: Hepatitis B vaccine should be given within first 24 hours of life

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine should be given within the first 24 hours of life.

Anti-vaccine information during pregnancy could delay infant immunization

Anti-vaccine information during pregnancy could delay infant immunization

Information about vaccines received during pregnancy could influence infant immunization.

Live attenuated influenza vaccine ineffective in children during 2015-2016 season

Live attenuated influenza vaccine ineffective in children during 2015-2016 season

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The live attenuated vaccine was ineffective among children between 2 and 17 years of age during the 2015-2016 season.

Previous maternal influenza vaccine does not weaken newborn benefit

Previous maternal influenza vaccine does not weaken newborn benefit

Researchers found that in a cohort of pregnant women, receipt of influenza vaccine the previous year predicts higher baseline antibody titers and decreased peak antibody responses against all influenza strains.

12.9 million infants worldwide not vaccinated in 2016: A WHO report

12.9 million infants worldwide not vaccinated in 2016: A WHO report

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Nearly 1 in 10 infants did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.

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