April 24-30, 2014 is World Immunization Week, organized by the World Health Organization. It aims to promote one of the world's most powerful tools for health: the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions ever introduced; however, 1 in 5 children are still missing out. This year’s World Immunization Week campaign seeks to address the knowledge gap that can prevents people from getting vaccinated. To raise awareness and help disseminate knowledge about immunization, the Editors of Clinical Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society have selected recent, topical articles, which have been made freely available throughout the observance week.
From the OUPBlog:
Fear of diseases like polio may be waning in 21st century parents, but Dr. Janet Gilsdorf, President-elect of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, explains why vaccinations are still imperative today. Read Dr. Gilsdorf's OUPblog article, "Vaccines: thoughts in spring."
From Open Forum Infectious Diseases:
In the first Open Forum Infectious Diseases podcast, Editor in Chief Paul Sax, MD, interviews Samuel L. Katz, MD, a pediatrician and virologist who played an integral part in the development of the measles vaccine. Dr. Katz discusses the history of measles and gives his views on how to stop current outbreaks. He is currently the Wilburt Cornell Davison Professor and Chair Emeritus of Pediatrics at Duke University.
From Clinical Infectious Diseases:
The Pertussis Problem
Protective Association Between Rotavirus Vaccination and Childhood Seizures in the Year Following Vaccination in US Children
Daniel Payne, et al.
Importance of Timing of Maternal Combined Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Immunization and Protection of Young Infants
C. Mary Healy, et al.
From The Journal of Infectious Diseases:
Effectiveness of influenza vaccine against life‐threatening RT‐PCR‐confirmed influenza illness in US children, 2010‐2012
Jill M. Ferdinands, et al.
Immunogenicity and Safety of an Inactivated Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Candidate: A Phase III Randomized Controlled Trial in Children
Joanne Langley, et al.
Comparison of the Live Attenuated Yellow Fever Vaccine 17D-204 Strain to Its Virulent Parental Strain Asibi by Deep Sequencing
Andrew Beck, et al.
From Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society:
Overview of Influenza Vaccines in Children
Kathryn E. Lafond, et al.
Impact of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination on Streptococcus pneumoniae Carriage in Young Children in Massachusetts
Grace Lee, et al.
Comparison of the Safety and Immunogenicity of a Novel Quadrivalent Meningococcal ACWY-Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine and a Marketed Quadrivalent Meningococcal ACWY-Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine in Healthy Individuals 10–25 Years of Age
Scott Halperin, et al.