Vaccine News & Notes — March 2018

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Parents PACK

Dr. Offit answers parent questions on podcast

Dr. Offit was a guest on the Voices for Vaccines podcast, Vax Talk, where he answered parent-submitted questions on a variety of topics, including influenza vaccine, pertussis vaccine, and vaccine safety.

Nasal influenza vaccine available again

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, known as the ACIP, voted last month to modify influenza vaccine recommendations to include Flumist®, the nasal spray version of influenza vaccine, as an option. While it can be used for this season, most practices did not order it and are not likely to have it available. However, it is likely to be an option again next fall.

Global Teen Health Week

March 18 – 24, 2018, is Teen Health Week. This initiative is meant to raise awareness of health issues facing teens, and encourages teens to take charge of their physical and mental health to help build healthy foundations for later in life. This is the first year the initiative will be global in scope. The Teen Health Week website offers various toolkits and communications guides for teens and organizations who wish to participate.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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