Aug 1, 2003 Issue
ACIP Issues Guidelines on the Use of Smallpox Vaccine in a Pre-Event Vaccination Program [Practice Guidelines]

Recommendations for the use of smallpox vaccine in a pre-event vaccination program are now available from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

Jul 15, 2003 Issue
Vaccinations in Pregnancy [Article]

Adult immunization rates have fallen short of national goals partly because of misconceptions about the safety and benefits of current vaccines. The danger of these misconceptions is magnified during pregnancy, when concerned physicians are hesitant to administer vaccines and patients are reluctant ...

Apr 15, 2003 Issue
CDC Releases Guidelines for Treating Adverse Reactions to Smallpox Vaccination [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for diagnosing and treating adverse reactions to smallpox vaccination in the preoutbreak setting. Smallpox vaccine is made from live vaccinia virus but does not contain variola virus, which causes smallpox.

Feb 1, 2003 Issue
A Mother Who Refuses to Vaccinate Her Child [Curbside Consultation]

Physicians may find it incredible that some parents are reluctant to immunize their children despite the tremendous successes of vaccines in decreasing the morbidity and mortality of childhood diseases.

Jan 1, 2003 Issue
Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, United States, 2003 and Update on Childhood Immunizations [Practice Guidelines]

The 2003 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule is now available, and includes a harmonized catch-up schedule for children who are behind in immunizations. The catch-up schedule offers specific guidance regarding the minimum time between doses as well as the number of doses for those who are behind schedule.

Dec 15, 2002 Issue
The 2003 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule [Practice Guidelines]

The 2003 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule provides age-based recommendations for routine vaccinations in a color-coded chart. In addition, it summarizes the recommendations and some contraindications of eight vaccines for adults with various medical conditions.

Dec 1, 2002 Issue
Vaccine Adverse Events: Separating Myth from Reality [Article]

Vaccines have turned many childhood diseases into distant memories in industrialized countries. However, questions have been raised about the safety of some vaccines because of rare but serious adverse effects that have been attributed to them. Pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site are c...

Jan 1, 2002 Issue
The 2002 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule and Progress Toward Elimination of Thimerosal [Practice Guidelines]

The 2002 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule is now available. The format of the 2002 schedule differs somewhat from the 2001 schedule; it is based in large part on the modifications developed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

May 15, 2001 Issue
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine for Young Children [Article]

Streptococcus pneumoniae causes approximately 3,300 cases of meningitis, 100,000 to 135,000 cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization and 6 million cases of otitis media annually in the United States. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, approved in 2000 for use in the United States, was designed to c...

Mar 15, 2001 Issue
AAP Technical Report on the Prevention of Pneumococcal Infections [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a technical report on the prevention of pneumococcal infections, including the use of pneumococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines and antibiotic prophylaxis.

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