Vaccinations Are Key to Public Health

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Despite the long history of vaccine benefits, in 2018, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified a trend in which an increasing number of children (kindergarten and younger) are not receiving the required vaccinations.

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Measles was declared eliminated from the US in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program, as well as improved measles control in the greater Americas region.

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How many individual measles cases were reported across 26 states in June 2019?

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Two forms of the pertussis vaccine are in use: the whole-cell vaccine (wP) and the acellular vaccine (aP).

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In what year was the booster acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for all adolescents ages 11 to 12?

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Pregnant women should receive a Tdap vaccination in the second or third trimester, preferably before how many weeks of gestation?

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Individuals should not get Tdap vaccine if they’ve had the pertussis vaccine as a child or have been sick with pertussis in the past.

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Vaccinations Are Key to Public Health
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This information is from the article “Protecting Public Health” by Susan Davide, RDH, MS, MSEd, Christine Macarelli, RDH, MS and Anty Lam, RDH, MPH. To read the article, click here.
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