When you approach a parent who is hesitant about vaccinating her infant at the appropriate well-baby visits, perhaps you say something like this: “Well, we have to do some shots.” Or you might say, “How do you feel about vaccines today?” The former strategy (a “presumptive” approach) is more likely to be effective than the latter (a “participatory” approach), according to a study in parents whom a standardized survey classified as being hesitant about vaccines.
For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a Cochrane Review that looks at the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine on preventing cervical cancer.
Frequency of care in pediatric populations tends to wane as children reach adolescence, but a new study investigates whether parents would allow clinicians to reach out to their children by text message to offer important reminders.
College students with a history of waived vaccinations often refuse to receive updated immunizations, according to a new report.
A third dose of the mumps vaccine for everyone—not just those in outbreak areas—may help combat a resurgence of the virus, according to a new report.
A popular claim in the antivaccination movement that too many vaccines can set children up for poor immunity overall has been refuted in a new study.
A change in the H1N1 component may have solved efficacy problems from prior formulations of the intranasal vaccine.
For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses a case control study published in Pediatrics that looked at whether associations existed between mother receiving influenza and/or Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccinations during pregnancy and infant hospitalization or death occurring in the first 6 months of life.
There are some notable revisions in 2018 to recommendations concerning hepatitis B vaccination for newborns and a third dose of mumps-containing vaccines, among others.
Fear of needles may play a larger role than clinicians think in vaccine compliance, both in the childhood years and beyond.