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Pre-teens need only two HPV shots, not three, CDC recommends
October 19, 2016
"Two doses of a vaccine that protects against cervical and several other types of cancer are enough for 11-to 12-year-olds, rather than the previous three-shot regimen, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Vaccines against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, Merck & Co Inc's Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Cervarix, have been available for years, but acceptance by the public has been slow. 'Safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers with two visits instead of three means more Americans will be protected from cancer,' CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement. 'This recommendation will make it simpler for parents to get their children protected in time.' The CDC now recommends that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart."
Children 14 or Under Need Fewer H.P.V. Vaccine Doses
The New York Times
October 19, 2016
"Children 11 to 14 years old need only two doses of the H.P.V. vaccine, not the previously recommended three doses, to protect against cervical cancer and other cancers caused by the human papillomavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. But teenagers and young adults who start the vaccinations later, at ages 15 through 26, should stick with the three-dose regimen, the disease centers said. The new advice is based on a review of studies showing that two doses in the younger group 'produced an immune response similar or higher than the response in young adults (aged 16 to 26 years) who received three doses,' the diseases centers said in a statement. The two doses should be given at least six months apart, the agency said. The statement also noted that the two-dose schedule will make the process simpler and easier for families to complete and could increase the number of young teenagers who receive the vaccine."
CDC now recommends just two doses for preteens
The Washington Post
October 19, 2016
"Children who start getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus before 15 need only two doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided Wednesday. Its previous recommendation was for a three-shot regimen, but studies have shown that two doses work just as well. Experts predict that the simpler, more flexible timeline will result in higher rates of HPV vaccination, which has lagged among both girls and boys. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which counsels the CDC on the nation's vaccine schedule, voted Wednesday for the change. Several hours later, CDC Director Tom Frieden accepted the panel's action. Under the new schedule, the first of two doses of the HPV vaccine should be administered at 11 or 12, although it could be given as early as 9, as under the previous guidance. The second dose would be administered six to 12 months after the first dose. The new recommendation does not apply to adolescents who begin getting vaccinated after they turn 15. They should still get three shots over a six-month period, the panel said."
Pre-Teens Need Just Two Doses of HPV Vaccine, Not Three: Feds
NBC News
October 19, 2016
"There's good news for kids who haven't received all their HPV vaccines yet - they only need two doses of the vaccine instead of three, federal government advisers said Wednesday. The new recommendations should make it easier to get more children vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes a range of cancers including cervical cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer, officials said. 'It's not often you get a recommendation simplifying vaccine schedules,' said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC immediately accepted the recommendations from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices... And studies also suggest that spacing the two doses a year apart is at least as effective, if not more effective than giving them more closely together - something that could also make it easier to get kids fully vaccinated."
CDC: Preteens only need 2 doses of HPV vaccine, not 3
CBS News
October 20, 2016
"It's now easier for preteens to get the cervical cancer vaccine. The government on Wednesday quickly adopted a recommendation that preteens get two shots instead of three and space them further apart. Health officials hope that will boost the number of girls and boys who get vaccinated. 'It will be simpler now for parents to get their kids the HPV vaccine series, and protect their kids from HPV cancers,' said Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Recent studies have shown two doses of the current HPV vaccine - Gardasil 9 - work just as well in kids ages 9 to 14. The Food and Drug Administration two weeks ago said it could be given in two doses. What's more, two doses apparently work better when spaced six to 12 months apart. That means they could be given at annual checkups."
CDC approves the two-dose HPV vaccine, instead of three
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2016
"In a move that could boost HPV vaccination rates, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said younger adolescents need only two doses of the vaccine, rather than three as previously recommended. The human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), introduced a decade ago, was hailed as a breakthrough in cancer prevention because it wards off infection with sexually-transmitted strains of the virus that cause cervical cancer and some rarer head, neck and genital cancers. But doctors and parents of adolescents have been slow to embrace the immunization, put off by its novelty, link to sexual activity, and the complexity of the three-shot regimen, which is covered by insurance. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which counsels the CDC on vaccinations, voted to Wednesday to make the change to two doses... The change fits with the Food and Drug Administration's approval earlier this month of a 2-dose schedule for younger adolescents who get the improved version of Merck's Gardasil vaccine."
UHS encourages all students to get meningitis vaccine
The Badger Herald (WI)
October 20, 2016
"In the wake of multiple cases of meningitis B on the University of Wisconsin campus, health officials are holding five days of mass vaccinations. Even students who have already been immunized with the meningitis vaccine should get protected against a new strain, said Pamela Ann McGranahan, Doctor of Nursing Practice program director and assistant clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing. UW confirmed in a statement two students were hospitalized with meningococcal disease in October but are recovering. Marlena Holden, University Health Services spokesperson, said although this does not meet the Center for Disease Control's three person definition of an outbreak, UHS is taking extra precautions to ensure students are protected."
Free meningitis B vaccinations offered to UW students
Channel 3000 Madison (WI)
October 19, 2016
"After two students were infected with meningitis B nearly two weeks ago, UW-Madison is taking extra steps to prevent an outbreak on campus. University Health Services is providing free meningitis vaccinations starting Thursday. About 2,000 students are expected to be vaccinated per day. Students will take Bexsero which is given in two doses. Officials from University Health Services said that while meningitis B is rare, students should highly consider taking the free vaccination. 'It's a very effective vaccine, and really important to use when you potentially have cases emerging in a population,' said Dr. Sarah Van Orman... Students are being reminded not to share items that touch their lips including lip balm, smoking devices and drinking glasses. Vaccinations will be given until Oct. 27 at the Southeast Recreational Facility at gym 3."
Australian nurses who spread anti-vaccination messages face prosecution
The Guardian
October 19, 2016
"Nurses and midwives who ignore scientific evidence by promoting anti-vaccination to patients and the public are being cracked down on in a tough new position statement from their industry regulator. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the vaccination standards in response to what it described as a small number of nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination via social media. 'The board is taking this opportunity to make its expectations about providing advice on vaccinations clear to registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives,' the statement reads. 'The board expects all registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives to use the best available evidence in making practice decisions.' The statement also urges members of the public to report nurses or midwives promoting anti-vaccination."
Anti-vaccination nurses in Australia face punishment
Medical Xpress
October 20, 2016
"Nurses and midwives promoting anti-vaccination messages in Australia could face punishment, the industry regulator warned Thursday, as the country tackles recent outbreaks of preventable diseases. In response to increasing concern about anti-vaccination movements, Canberra last year introduced a 'no jab, no pay' law blocking parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from accessing some government benefits. The move followed outbreaks of measles in Europe and parts of the United States, and local whooping cough and measles cases in Australia... The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) said it issued the warning after reports of a 'small number' of practitioners who 'promoted anti-vaccination statements to patients and the public via social media which contradict the best available scientific evidence...' NMBA did not name individual cases, but said sanctions against nurses and midwives include being slapped with a caution and having their ability to practice medicine restricted."
CDC Advisory Panel Changes Recommendation for HPV Vaccine from 3 Doses to 2 for Young Adolescents
The Immunization Partnership TIP Talk!
October 19, 2016
"A federal advisory panel on Wednesday unanimously recommended reducing the number of shots needed for protection from cancer-causing HPV. Girls and boys should still receive the HPV vaccine at age 11-12, but under the new recommendations, those who start the vaccine series before they turn 15 will need only two doses instead of three to get the same or better protection than the original three-dose schedule would provide. The second dose should now be given any time from 6-12 months after the first dose. The decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to raise vaccination rates against human papillomavirus significantly. In fact, it already has. Under the new guidelines, people who received two doses before the age of 15 and who received the doses at least 5 months apart are now considered fully vaccinated against HPV."
How to Decide if a Flu Shot is Right for You
Care 2
October 19, 2016
"October is the beginning of the flu season. Are you going to get a flu shot? This seems to become a more controversial question every year. Here are some considerations you can take into account to help make your decision... What concerns have been raised about the flu shot? Ingredients - The fact the vaccines start with cultures using animal products can be an ethical concern. Ethics aside, other ingredients in flu vaccines are potential toxins. These are present in small amounts, but many question whether or not the injection of any of these chemicals directly into your blood stream is safe. For instance, Fluzone, a common brand of flu vaccine, contains residual formaldehyde and octylphenol ethoxylate, which are used during its production. Fluzone also contains some mercury as a preservative. Some brands of flu vaccine contain gelatin, so if you're vegan make sure to ask about the ingredients before you get a shot."