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CDC: Rotavirus vaccine cuts kids' hospitalization rates
USA Today - 9/22/11
Since the 2006 introduction of routine inoculation against rotavirus – a leading cause of diarrhea in infants and young children – almost 65,000 fewer American children have been hospitalized and about $278 million in healthcare costs have been saved, according to new research.
Survey Shows More U.S. Children Getting Vaccines
Reuters - 9/1/11
More young children are getting immunized in the United States for preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.
CHOP Doctor Who Developed Rotavirus Vaccine Honored
Philadelphia Business Journal - 6/29/11
The Biotechnology Industry Organization named Dr. Paul A. Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and the director of the vaccine education center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as the honoree of its 2011 Biotech Humanitarian Award.
Rotavirus Vaccine Linked to Bowel Disorder
WebMD - 6/15/11
A vaccine that prevents the most common cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration in babies was associated with a potentially life-threatening bowel disorder in a large study from Mexico and Brazil, but the risk was small. Investigators with the CDC and health agencies in Latin America concluded that between 1 in 51,000 and 1 in 68,000 vaccinated babies given the rotavirus vaccine Rotarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, could be expected to develop intussusception, a condition in which part of the intestine slides into another part of the intestine, like parts of a telescope. Another rotavirus vaccine, Wyeth Lab's RotaShield, was withdrawn from the market in the U.S. in 1999 less than a year after its introduction. At the time, the FDA determined that the vaccine caused intussusception in 1 in 10,000 babies who got it. The new study confirms that the bowel obstruction risk was not limited to the withdrawn vaccine, but it also makes it clear that the benefits of vaccination far exceed the risks, epidemiologist Umesh D. Parashar, MD, of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, tells WebMD.
One-third of Articles about Vaccines Contained Negative Messages
Pediatric Supersite - 4/28/11
Hamidah Hussain, MBBS, MSc,and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore examined about 1,200 articles relating to vaccination, which were published between 1995 and 2005. The researchers used key terms such as "vaccine" and "adverse events" and coded these articles as having an overall "positive" or "negative" message, accordingly. The researchers noted spikes in the number of newspaper articles in 1999 regarding rotavirus vaccine safety and in 2002 and 2003 regarding smallpox vaccines.
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