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Jun
17

A conversation with Anne Geddes about meningitis, vaccines and her remarkable photo series of meningitis survivors

written by Tara Haelle

Next week, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will decide whether to recommend the MenB vaccine, which protects against the B strain of meningococcal disease. Strains A, C, W and Y are already covered in current vaccines. Over at Forbes today, I wrote about some of the issues – mainly cost and the rarity […]

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Feb
5

2014 CDC immunization schedule released

written by Tara Haelle

The latest changes to the CDC’s recommended schedule of childhood vaccinations were released on Monday. Although changes are sometimes made to the schedule mid-year, most adjustments to the schedule occur when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) revisits it in fall of each year. The newest schedule for 2014, available in various forms on […]

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Jan
14

The results are in on rotavirus vaccination and intussusception risk

written by Tara Haelle

As I’ve noted various times on this blog, all vaccines have both benefits and risks. Much of the research focused on vaccines is aimed at ensuring that the former significantly outweigh the latter in routinely recommended immunizations. Then, additional studies, conducted after vaccines are licensed and recommended, continue looking for possible risks that might show […]

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Jan
22

YES. The CDC childhood immunization schedule is safe. For Reals.

written by Tara Haelle

This news came out last week, but in the flurry of other health-related (especially vaccine-related) news, I haven’t had a chance to get around to it except my story at dailyRx. As you may have already heard, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report last Wednesday affirming the safety of the CDC’s childhood immunization […]

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Nov
2

Attention Pregnant Women! Of vaccines and antidepressants…

written by Tara Haelle

Today is a brief one just to note a couple important stories that anyone pregnant, or considering getting pregnant, should take the time to read. The first one you may have already heard about. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met last week and decided to recommend the Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women […]

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