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- MMWR with official information about the current measles outbreak published on February 13, 2015.
- Measles and the Vaccine (Shot) to Prevent It – a patient handout offered by the CDC has been revised and updated. Available in English and Spanish.
- Infographic about vaccination rates and outbreaks created by NOVA in conjunction with the Vaccines: Calling the Shots project.
Although most attention has been directed toward measles, influenza is still circulating. The CDC continues to provide weekly updates that indicate while rates of disease are decreasing, the season is not over. So far during the 2014-15 influenza season, 86 pediatric deaths caused by influenza have been reported.
The best way to protect children is to have them vaccinated, and indeed, some places have started to require influenza immunizations for entry into preschools and day cares. Recently, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) released a report, Flu Care in Day Care: The Impact of Vaccination, discussing the implementation of these childhood influenza vaccine requirements in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York City. In addition to the report, a new webpage on the NFID site includes resources for schools and day cares.
Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.
You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health. You should not use it to replace any relationship with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult your physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.