Tag: vaccine

ACOG Advises Ob-Gyns to Promote Vaccinations to Patients

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends its members encourage their patients to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus virus (HPV), influenza, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, according to new guidelines published on the ACOG Web site March 21. Committee Opinion number 558, to be published in Obstetrics & Gynecology on April 1, is the work of the Immunization…

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HPV and Other Vaccinations Lagging in Teens

Many teens are still not getting the recommended vaccines, and fewer parents plan to give their adolescent daughters the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine because of concerns about its safety, despite increased clinician recommendations, according to an analysis of data from the 2008–2010 National Immunization Survey of Teens. Paul M. Darden, MD, professor and section chief…

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HPV Vaccination Offers Herd Protection

July 13, 2012 — Vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) has shown positive results in reducing the prevalence of targeted viral types among adolescents and young women who received the vaccine, as well as some susceptible unvaccinated individuals who benefited from herd protection. Jessica A. Kahn, MD, and colleagues from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and…

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H1N1 Vaccine Safe in Pregnancy

July 10, 2012 — Exposure to adjuvanted influenza A(H1N1) vaccine before birth does not increase the risk for major birth defects, preterm birth, or fetal growth restriction, according to a study published in the July 10 issue of JAMA. Pregnant women face elevated risk for severe illness, death, and poor pregnancy outcome from influenza, and the…

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Updated Recommendations for Tdap Include Pregnant Women

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking measures to fill a gap in the protection of infants from pertussis, by vaccinating pregnant women and people in contact with infants younger than 1 year. The tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine consists of tetanus toxoid, reduced…

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Earlier Flu Shot Better for Pregnant Women: Study

Experts recommend that pregnant women get a flu shot each year, and now a new study suggests that the earlier they do it, the better. The study, which estimated the effects of flu vaccination at different points in the flu season, found that the benefits wane if vaccination is pushed past November. Vaccinations later in…

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