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Preemies Get Boost in Pertussis Protection From Mom's Vaccination

Jun 01 2016

Getting a dose of the pertussis vaccine during pregnancy doesn’t only help healthy, full-term babies—it appears it may help preemies as well. The CDC currently recommends pregnant women get a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acelluar pertussis) shot in their third trimester. The goal is to stimulate a fresh immune response so that the antibodies the mother makes are then passed across the placenta to the fetus, thereby giving a newborn a bit of protection against pertussis before their first DTaP vaccine at 2 months.

Source: Forbes

Here’s why states want to make it tough to skip childhood vaccines

May 25 2016

All states require children to get vaccinated to attend school, and immunization rates across the nation remain high, with 92 percent of children between 19 months and 35 months getting the shots to protect against potentially deadly measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). But even a small number of unvaccinated people can undermine the immunity of the larger population, which is leading public health officials and vaccine advocates to push for changes. Some want to educate parents about the risks of forgoing vaccines and fight what they say is misinformation about the risks posed by the vaccines. Others have pushed lawmakers to eliminate exemptions from state vaccine requirements and sought to make it more difficult for families to qualify for the exemptions that remain.

Source: PBS NewsHour PBS NewsHour

Research behind global switch to new polio vaccine strategy released

May 20 2016

A groundbreaking study shows that a single injectable dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) along with bivalent oral polio vaccine could protect up to 90 percent of children from polio and strengthen community protection against the disease. The research, published in the latest edition of The Lancet, provides the evidence behind the worldwide switch to a new polio vaccine strategy by demonstrating that new schedules of the injectable vaccine with the bivalent oral vaccine protect kids much faster and is safer than using the oral vaccine alone.

Source: Science Daily Science Daily