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Childhood Vaccines

Vaccines or immunizations are the reason few people have seen a child with polio, German measles, or whooping cough. At the same time, concerns about vaccine side effects have led some parents to avoid vaccinating their children, resulting in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. There are currently 12 vaccines recommended for children between birth and 18 years of age.

Childhood Vaccines News

  • HPV Vaccination Sends Genital Wart Cases Plummeting: Study

    In the five years since launching a nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program among girls between the ages of 12 and 26, Australia has seen a huge drop in the number of cases of genital warts, new research reveals. Among Australian girls in the targeted age range for vaccination, the country saw genital wart cases plummet by 59 percent within just the first two years of the program’s launch in 2007.

  • Parents Worry About HPV Shots for Teens

    Although experts recommend girls and young women be vaccinated against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, parents seem to be increasingly worried about the vaccine’s safety, a new U.S. study shows. Experts say the findings are both worrying and puzzling, because the vaccine — which guards against the human papillomavirus (HPV) — has not been linked to any serious side effects.

  • H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Tied to Sleep Disorder in British Children

    A British study finds that children and teens who were vaccinated during the 2009 swine flu outbreak are at increased risk for narcolepsy, a disorder that causes people to fall asleep during the day. The particular flu vaccine involved has never been licensed for use in the United States, according a statement on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  • Kids' Diarrhea Vaccine Appears Safe After All: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) — Despite earlier research that suggested the rotavirus vaccine increased the risk of intussusception — when a portion of the intestine slides forward into itself — a large new study finds this is not the case. “The findings of our study are reassuring and add to the evidence [...]

  • Common Chemicals May Weaken Effect of Childhood Vaccines, Immune System

    TUESDAY, January 24, 2012 — Certain vaccines may not work as well in children who have been exposed to high levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a family of chemicals used to make everything from microwave popcorn bags and pizza boxes to carpets and nonstick cookware, new research suggests. In a study published this week in the [...]

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