4) "Measles exposure reported at a BJ's in NJ" Associated Press (June 13, 2013) - "A public health alert has been issued for anyone who visited the BJ's Wholesale Club in Watchung, N.J., between 1:30 and 4 p.m. on June 3. State health officials say a person confirmed to have measles may have exposed those at the store to the highly contagious illness. The state is urging anyone who visited the BJ's at the time to contact a health provider to discuss potential exposure and risk of measles."
5) "Measles Warning Issued For Recent Visitors To BJ's Store In N.J." CBS New York (June 14, 2013) - "A public health alert has been issued for shoppers who visited a BJ's Wholesale Club in New Jersey earlier this month. A person with measles visited the Watchung location between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on June 3 and may have exposed customers to the highly contagious illness...Customers who were exposed to the illness could have developed symptoms as early as June 8 and as late as June 24, health officials said."
6) "Gaps closing in immunization coverage rates" Healio: Infectious Diseases in Children (June 2013) - "In 2009, data from the National Immunization Survey demonstrated disparities in vaccination coverage between white children and those of other races or ethnicities. During a recent CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, immunization experts discussed the ways immunization efforts have served to reduce disparities in childhood infectious diseases and demonstrated an effective and cost-effective tool for advancing health equity. Targeted efforts to reach children in certain ethnic and racial groups helped to bridge the coverage gaps, and the current coverage levels for most vaccines among other racial/ethnic groups are similar to or higher than coverage levels among white children, according to CDC data."
7) "More children becoming exempt from vaccines" Your News Now (NY) (June 15, 2013) - "Other families cite religious reasons for their kids not getting vaccinated; and, every school principal determines on a case-by-case basis whether the non-immunized kids will be allowed in school. 'It is quite frustrating because in my opinion, vaccination is one of the greatest successes that modern medicine has made and vaccine has just saved thousands of lives,' said Dr. Jana Shaw, pediatric infectious disease specialist. Between 2000 and 2011, Dr. Jana Shaw and colleagues tracked data from the New York State Department of Health. In the beginning, 35 in 10,000 kids were exempt from at least one vaccine for religious reasons. By the end of the study in 2011, 45 in 10,000 kids were exempt."
8) " VIDEO: "Child vaccine shortage hurting most vulnerable" Ashbury Park Press (NJ)(June 15, 2013) - "Physicians say child vaccine shortages are affecting the most vulnerable - newborns covered through the state's Vaccine for Children program. 'We've had to turn patients away,' said Southern Ocean Medical Center pediatric nurse manager Debbie Sicilia. The federally funded VFC program provides inoculations at no cost to doctors for families without insurance as well as Medicaid and its managed care clients. To date, more than 1,000 practices in the state are participating in the program.'"
9) "Flu cases in Ohio make huge jump over past years" Associated Press (June 16, 2013) - "The number of Ohioans hospitalized with the flu since last September jumped dramatically over the previous year, but health officials say there isn't an easy explanation for the increase. Health officials say that 5,200 Ohioans were hospitalized with the flu from September last year through mid-May 18."
10) "Whooping Cough Shows Up In Four County Schools" City News Service (CA)(June 14, 2013) - "Four cases of whooping cough were reported at four San Diego County school sites, and students and staff may have been exposed, county health officials said Friday. According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, cases of whooping cough reported this week were an 8-year-old who attends Rancho De La Nacion School in National City and was up-to-date on immunizations; a not-immunized 14-year-old student at Correia Middle School in San Diego; a vaccinated 15-year-old at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas; and a vaccinated 17-year-old who attends Patrick Henry High School in San Diego. "
11) "Illinois ranks top 10 in the nation for chickenpox" WREX News (IL)(June 14, 2013) - "Illinois residents may itch and scratch more than people in other states. That's because it's one of the top 10 states in the nation for chickenpox cases. The group "Sickweather" tracks illnesses through Facebook and Twitter to figure out where certain ailments are most prominent. It determined Illinois ranks third in the most chickenpox reports total, as well as the most cases per capita. Doctors say more people need to take advantage of chickenpox vaccines."
12) "Allocating flu vaccines to maximize number of people remaining healthy" MIT News (June 14, 2013) - "Flu and similar respiratory diseases start and peak at different times in different geographical locations. In 2009 in the United States, the H1N1 flu first started in August in the Southeast, as schools opened, and then moved northward. H1N1 vaccine shipments did not start to arrive until October. By that time, the flu waves were almost completely concluded in the Southeast, but were just starting in many northern states. The CDC allocation policy deployed vaccine doses to states in direct proportion to a state's census population, independent of the status of the flu wave in each state. By that method, many vaccine doses were sent to the Southeast in October and November 2009, when they were much less effective, and many susceptible people in other regions - where the flu wave had not yet run its course - were without vaccines. MIT researchers have treated vaccine allocation as a decision problem."
13) "Global rotavirus network increased surveillance capacity" Healio: Infectious Diseases in Children (June 14, 2013) - "To help reduce mortality and morbidity associated with rotavirus, WHO recommends that all countries include the rotavirus vaccine into their national immunization programs.'Timely, quality surveillance data can provide baseline estimates of rotavirus disease burden to inform decisions regarding rotavirus vaccine introduction in national immunization programs and can help monitor the impact of vaccine introduction on disease trends,' researchers wrote. "
14) "Gov't cautions municipalities on cervical cancer vaccination" Kyodo News International (Japan)(June 15, 2013) - "The health ministry told local governments Friday to suspend recommending that girls aged 12 to 16 be given injections of cervical cancer vaccines, citing a limited number of reported adverse reactions. While no more notices are expected to be sent to applicable people, most local governments will likely keep the vaccines on the list of those regularly given for free but a ministry official said the vaccination rate is certain to drop sharply.'"
15) "Ministry stops recommending cervical cancer vaccination due to side effects" Japan Today (June 15, 2013) - "The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to temporarily stop calling for girls aged 12-16 to receive a new cervical cancer prevention vaccine after reports of cramps and convulsions in early recipients. According to the health ministry, out of 1,968 girls who reported suffering from such side effects, around 38 reported suffering from aches and pains spreading across their entire bodies after receiving the vaccine, TBS reported Saturday. Doctors say that eight are still suffering from the side effects of the drug. Until the cause of the pain is understood, the ministry says it has temporarily ceased actively recommending that girls receive the vaccine, which was introduced this April."
16) "OP-ED: "My friend Malcolm Brabant and his descent into madness after a routine jab" The Observer (UK)(June 15, 2013) - "My friend Malcolm Brabant has gone to places none of us would like to go ...My friend Malcolm, a spirited man in his 50s, conquered by furies; an award-winning BBC foreign correspondent and storyteller par excellence who should never have been narrating this particular tale...It all began, Malcolm believes, with a pinprick - a yellow-fever jab administered for a trip to the Ivory Coast...Within hours, the symptoms erupted. Gripped by a raging fever, he turned lobster red, shivering so violently the headboard above the couple's bed shook uncontrollably. It took two weeks - after admission to hospital - before his temperature could be brought down."
17) "Autism Facts vs Fiction: What Every Parent Needs to Know" The Stir (June 14, 2013) - "Autism. That six-letter word is one of the most feared among new parents...There has been a lot of debate in recent years over whether vaccinations can lead to autism. The fear is so widespread, many new parents are reluctant to have their kids inoculated against dangerous diseases. FALSE. Any so-called research backing up that assertion is absolutely untrue, says Dr. Patricia McGuire, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician with over 30 years of experience working with autism patients."
18) " What We've Learned From Flu Vaccination Data" Shot of Prevention (June 14, 2013) - "Although the 2012-2013 influenza season may be behind us, there were several studies released this week that offered some interesting considerations for future flu seasons. First, there was discussion pertaining to the fact that young adults and children in school are responsible for the vast majority of flu transmission. It's no surprise really. These populations often spend hours of the day in extremely close quarters. But even though there have been 152 pediatric deaths from the flu this past season, and sadly 90% of those children were not vaccinated, flu deaths are typically highest among the elderly."