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Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don’t perceive the need, according to a new case-control study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The study is especially timely in the wake of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that only flu shots (not nasal spray flu vaccine) be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. This development will likely have implications for public health as data from recent flu seasons suggests nasal spray flu vaccine accounts for about one-third of all flu vaccines given to children, and many children have a fear of needles.”(more)

California lags in vaccinating children, CDC says

The Los Angeles Times – Soumya Karlamangla

“It began in December at “the happiest place on earth”: a measles outbreak that spread across the West, infecting more than 150 people. The eruption at Disneyland occurred 14 years after health officials had declared the potentially deadly disease eliminated from the United States, thanks in part to childhood vaccination programs. The outbreak raised alarm that more scares could be on the way. California lawmakers quickly moved to tamp down a growing resistance to vaccination that had been fostered in some communities by unfounded safety concerns. By summer, Gov. Jerry Brown had signed one of the nation’s toughest laws to keep parents from opting not to inoculate their kids.”(more)

Poll: Anti-Vaccine Movement Affects Parent Daycare Choices

Education News – Sherlyn Summers

“…a national poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan revealed that a large number of parents took into account the vaccination status of other children when enrolling their own in day care centers…The vast majority of parents, over 80 percent, who took the survey “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that every child in day care centers should be vaccinated. About 75 percent required that day care runners should annually review the immunization status of each child. Only 1 out of 10 parents supported admission of a child without vaccines into day care regardless of a waiver.”(more)

Number of Parents Refusing Vaccinations on the Rise in Arizona

Education News – Grace Smith

“Public health officials continue to worry about the number of children who are asking for exemptions from being immunized. In Arizona, the number of kindergartners and sixth-graders who opted out of being vaccinated has nearly tripled in the last 10 years.” (more)