Issue Number 100 July 23, 1999
CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE
"Vaccine requirements are regulated at the state level, generally following guidelines made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and polio are commonly required -- but some states require other vaccines as well.
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics
recommended that physicians temporarily suspend use of a vaccine for rotavirus, the most
common cause of diarrhea in children and infants, after the CDC reported that the vaccine
could be responsible for a type of bowel obstruction. Some parents are also concerned
about the widespread use of Hepatitis B vaccine, claiming that the vaccine may cause a
variety of serious symptoms -- even death. Other advocates of restraint are
concerned about additives used in some vaccines as stabilizers. One, called thimerosal,
has received the bulk of the attention. Officials at the CDC and FDA, however, respond
that pediatric vaccines are both safe and effective.
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