Men Found Six Times More Likely Than Women To Have Highest Risk HPV Infection

More than three times as many men than women in the U.S. have oral infections with human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus responsible for causing 31,500 new cancers every year, found a new study. And the HPV strain responsible for the vast majority of HPV-related cancers in the U.S. occurred orally six times more often in men than in women, researchers learned.

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For the 2017–18 season, Medicaid will reimburse up to five monthly palivizumab doses from November 27 through May 15

For the 2017–18 season, Medicaid will reimburse up to five monthly palivizumab doses from November 27 through May 15. Except for the date change to accommodate a Monday start, the eligibility criteria for palivizumab will remain the same as during 2016–17, and will continue to reflect the 2009 AAP criteria (Table).5,6  If the 2017–18 RSV season starts prior to November 27, Medicaid will adjust the coverage dates accordingly.

Why HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low in Rural States

The potentially life-saving cancer vaccine has been around for more than a decade, so why isn’t everyone getting it?

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AAP Issues Updated Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued updated recommendations Monday for the flu vaccine, but some parent and pediatricians were disappointed that the FluMist nasal vaccine is once again not recommended.

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CDC: Teen Vax Rates Rise, But HPV Coverage Still Lagging

Rates of vaccination among teens improved in 2016 compared to 2015, including coverage for routine vaccinations such as TdapMenACWY and HPV vaccines, CDC researchers found.

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HRSA Launches Health Workforce Connector to Help Health Care Professionals Find Jobs

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has created a new online tool called the Health Workforce Connector to help health care professionals, including pediatricians, find jobs at more than 20,000 sites and health care facilities in the communities across the country.

To learn more about the Connector, visit https://connector.hrsa.gov.

11th HPV Vaccination Quarterly Report

The quarterly reports are intended to facilitate collaboration between awardees and partners to help increase HPV vaccination coverage. Due to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recent recommendation of a 2- dose HPV vaccination schedule for adolescents initiating the vaccine series before their 15th birthday and anticipated changes in vaccine ordering patterns, this quarter’s report highlights CDC’s new plan for displaying HPV vaccine ordering data for future quarterly reports.

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Report: No country meets recommended breast-feeding standards

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Global Breastfeeding Collective reported that all 194 countries failed to comply with all recommended breast-feeding standards, with only 40% of infants younger than age 6 months being exclusively breast-fed and only 23 countries having exclusive breast-feeding rates exceeding 60%. The report also showed that increasing the breast-feeding rate to 50% by 2025 would prevent the deaths of 520,000 young children and yield $300 billion in economic gains within the next decade.

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