April 2019 Newsletter

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Current Science Supports the Safety of Vaccines, Not the Controversies

In a New Scientific Review, Vaccine Safety Experts Explore the Myths and Provide the Facts.

Father On Laptop Holds Newborn Son As Mother Makes MealVaccine safety experts from CDC and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia take a closer look at the main vaccine safety controversies facing the United States today. Recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the collaboration is timely, as the need for trusted sources of information about the safety of vaccines has never been greater.

Titled Principal Controversies in Vaccine Safety in the United States, the article features vaccine safety experts’ review of key topics of concern, and what the current scientific evidence shows:

Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
Autism is genetically determined with biological onset before the recommended age of MMR vaccination at 12 months. Epidemiologic studies have not found an increased risk of autism associated with MMR vaccine.

Thimerosal
Thimerosal contains ethylmercury, which does not accumulate in the body with consecutive vaccinations. Even following the removal of thimerosal from childhood vaccines, autism prevalence has continued to increase. Epidemiologic studies have not found an increased risk of autism or other neurodevelopmental disabilities associated with thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
The data on an association between seasonal influenza vaccine and GBS have varied from season to season. During flu seasons when there has been an increased risk, it has been in the range of 1-2 additional GBS cases per million flu vaccine doses administered. The risk of GBS is greater following natural influenza infection than the possible increased risk following vaccination.

Autoimmunity
No study has shown how vaccines could cause autoimmune diseases. There are no epidemiologic studies that support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autoimmune diseases.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Several large population-based studies have shown no increased risks of autoimmune or neurologic diseases in association with the HPV vaccine, nor have other studies found increased risk of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Aluminum
Aluminum-containing vaccines result in serum levels of aluminum that are well below the toxic range. No correlations have been found between infant blood or hair aluminum concentrations and vaccine history. Higher quantities of injected aluminum adjuvants did correlate with lower incidence of autoimmune disease.

Number of Vaccines
Childhood vaccines do not cause long-lasting, gross alterations to the immune system. Epidemiologic studies have not found an increased risk of disease or developmental disorders according to the number of vaccines or vaccine antigens received in early childhood.

Each topic is explored further in the review, with historical context and scientific evidence that brings clarity to the issues.

To read the full review for free, visit: https://bit.ly/2IyREiq

Full Citation:
Principal Controversies in Vaccine Safety in the United States.
DeStefano F, Bodenstab HM, Offit PA. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Feb 12.

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Vaccine related article:

  • Increase in Measles Cases — United States, January 1–April 26, 2019
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CDC Hepatitis B Coordinators List Update

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CDC and Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) Honor 37 Childhood Immunization Champions during NIIW

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As part of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), CDC and AIM announce the recipients of the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. This award recognizes individuals who make significant contributions toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunizations.

Each year, up to one person from each of the 50 U.S. states, 8 U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia is recognized.

Read the inspiring stories of the winners of the 2019 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award.

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Conferences added to CDC’s event page

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Vaccine related article:

  • Notes from the Field: Hepatitis A Outbreak Associated with Drug Use and Homelessness – West Virginia, 2018
  • Notes from the Field: Acute Hepatitis A Virus Infection Among Previously Vaccinated Persons with HIV Infection – Tennessee, 2018
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