I’ll be the first to admit that when I took my eldest child to the pediatrician for routine vaccinations, I wondered: “Pertussis? Measles? Rubella? No one gets sick with these diseases anymore! Why is he getting these shots?” But more... more
Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more
Medicine is dynamic; scientific understanding of vaccine mechanisms, transmission patterns, and vaccine formulations change often. Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an expert advisory panel that reports directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),... more
Fears over vaccine safety cause many individuals, particularly pregnant women, to forgo the seasonal flu vaccine and take a “wait and see” approach. Prior to the 2009–2010 H1N1 pandemic, vaccination rates among pregnant women in the U.S. ranged from 0.7... more
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