Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

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Vaccine-preventable diseases during 2014

The above headlines indicate a variety of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) occurring in a variety of locations throughout the country — all over about a five-week period since the calendar has turned to 2014. Of course, if you work in healthcare, you also realize that not all cases of disease end up in the headlines, so let’s take a closer look:

Notifiable Diseases Reported to the CDC by the 10th Week (Week Ending 3/8/14)
Disease State Number Cases during 2014 Notes
Diphtheria 0 1 case in 2012
Hib (invasive) 597 3 less than 5yo with serotype b and 67 with unknown serotype to date
Hepatitis A 148  
Hepatitis B (acute) 368 6 perinatal cases to date
Influenza-associated pediatric deaths 59 68 pediatric deaths since Sept 29, 2013.
Measles 71  
Meningococcal disease (invasive; types included in vaccine) 24 58 cases of unknown serogroup and 8 cases of serogroup B
Mumps 48  
Pertussis 3,295  
Pneumococcal disease (invasive) 3,205 164 cases in children less than 5yo
Polio 0 1 case of paralytic polio in 2013
Rubella and congenital rubella syndrome 0 9 cases of rubella and 1 case of congenital rubella syndrome in 2013
Tetanus 3  
Varicella 1,193 89 cases during the current week being reported

For more detailed information or to follow the weekly totals, refer to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):

Hopefully, these headlines and numbers will remind all of us that these diseases are still circulating in our communities — reinforcing the continued vigilance necessary in getting children immunized on time. Feel free to share this article with your patients and their families!

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