August is National Immunization Awareness Month
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)- Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated - the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the possible risk of anyone's exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases. Because vaccines must be safe for use by as many people as possible, vaccines are developed in accordance with the highest standards of safety. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine is licensed and distributed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and efficacy. As a result, the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.
However, as with any medical procedure, vaccination has some risks as well as substantial, proven benefits. Individuals react differently to vaccines, and there is no way to absolutely predict the reaction of a specific individual to a particular vaccine. Anyone who takes a vaccine should be fully informed about both the benefits and the risks of vaccination. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with a physician or other healthcare provider.
Schedules for Immunizations from the CDC website
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National Network for Immunization Information (NNii)
The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) provides up-to-date, science-based information to healthcare professionals, the media, and the public: everyone who needs to know the facts about vaccines and immunization.
The mission of the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) is to provide the public, health professionals, policy makers, and the media with up-to-date, scientifically valid information related to immunization to help them understand the issues and to make informed decisions.
The National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) is an affiliation of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the University of Texas Medical Branch, the Society for Adolescent medicine and the American Medical Association.
NNii is a service provided by Immunizations for Public Health (I4PH), a Texas-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to making immunization information available to those who need it.
The Board of I4PH is composed of global health leaders, recognized for their knowledge relating to vaccines and global immunization issues. It has been organized to advance education and science relating to vaccines and immunizations.
Immunizations for Public Health:
- provides science-based information to diverse audiences, including those who deliver vaccines, those who develop immunization policy, and those who receive vaccines.
- establishes effective affiliations to improve the global health through the appropriate use of vaccines and immunizations.
- fosters and supports the scientific assessment of the development, production, distribution, administration and use of vaccines.
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Our Vaccine Research Team?
Shown from left to right:
Diane Barrett, M.S., CCRP; Marianne Shafer, R.N.; Gerianne Casey, R.N.; Lori Simon, R.N.; Christine Turley, M.D.; Richard Rupp, M.D.; Carrie Harrington, R.N.; Kristin Pollock, R.N.
The Office of Clinical Trials has a distinguished history in pediatric vaccines. The group has worked with many of the vaccines that are currently licensed and commonly used throughout the United States and other countries. These vaccines include some preventing pneumococcal disease, influenza, meningococcal disease, rotavirus, human papillomavirus (HPV) along with some infant combination vaccines. Other vaccines are being studied including those for herpes and cytomegalovirus.
The Office of Clinical Trials points out that the real heroes are the infants, children, and adolescent study participants and their families that help them. Without their contributions, the vaccines that have improved the health of children all through the world would not be possible.
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