Each month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publish a newsletter highlighting recent news and updates in the world of immunizations. The CDC provides this newsletter, titled Immunization Works, to “national health care provider and consumer groups for distribution to their members and constituencies.” However, it is also free to the public online.
While the CDC’s website provides a wealth of information for parents and other individuals with questions about vaccinations, Immunization Works is worth reading for anyone who wants more in-depth or up-to-date information about current vaccine studies and recommendations. Each edition also contains a list of resources, which include links to scientific studies and other government websites with additional information relevant to the articles in the newsletter.
Recent News and Resources in Immunization Works
Over the past few months, some of the more-noteworthy articles and resources published in the CDC’s Immunization Works have included:
- Information on the 2018-2019 Flu Season – The October 2018 edition of Immunization Works discussed a “kick-off” event that the CDC hosted in conjunction with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) to encourage everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated against influenza. This followed the publication of a flu vaccination study in the September 2018 edition which found that, “Flu vaccination among adults reduced the risk of being admitted to the hospital with flu and placed in a general ward bed by 32% . . . and reduced the risk of being admitted to an ICU with flu by 82%.”
- Tdap Vaccination Rates Among Expecting Mothers – The October edition also published the results of a study that examined rates of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) among pregnant women. Notably, while the overall vaccination rate during pregnancy among study participants was 54.4 percent, this increased to 73.5 percent for women who received a recommendation and offer of vaccination from their doctor, and it dropped to just 6 percent for women who did not receive a recommendation or offer of Tdap vaccination.
- Job Aids for Health Care Providers Administering Vaccines on the “Catch-Up” Schedule for Childhood Immunizations – Earlier in the year, the CDC published notification of updated job aids for health care providers administering four vaccines on the “catch-up” schedule for children who have fallen behind on their CDC-recommended vaccinations. These aids are designed to allow providers to, “look at the current age of the child and the number of previous doses they have had, and then showing when the next dose will be due.” While this may sound simple, it is these types of aids that help ensure that as many children receive their immunizations as possible.
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In addition to learning about vaccination schedules, proper vaccination procedures, effectiveness rates and the other types of information published in Immunization Works, it is also important for parents and other individuals to be aware of the risks associated with CDC-recommended immunizations. Anyone who has experienced pain after a flu shot or other vaccination should see a doctor promptly, and speak with an attorney about filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
If you would like more information about filing a claim under the VICP, please contact us to request a confidential initial consultation with vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant. Call us nationwide at (212) 800-1711, or send us a message online and we will be in touch with you shortly.
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