FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 -- Seasonal flu immunization rates among children appear to have dropped slightly after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against the nasal spray version of the vaccine, researchers report.
But it's not just shot-avoidance that prevents people from getting the recommended vaccine. Researchers found that up to half of all Americans are fickle about the flu shot and change their minds about getting vaccinated from one year to the next.
FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 -- Kids are driven mostly by food preferences -- not healthy eating -- in choosing their snacks. But some can be swayed by food brands and their own allowance, according to new research.
"The single most important factor in why a child chose a snack is that they are going to buy what they like to eat," said study author Sean Cash. He is a professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Boston.
MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 -- When a child has a serious reaction to a vaccine, the chances of it happening again are slim, a new analysis suggests.
The review, of 29 studies, found that severe vaccine reactions recurred rarely, if ever, when a child received the same vaccine again, or one with similar ingredients. Those reactions included seizures and a potentially dangerous allergic response called anaphylaxis.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 -- Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows.
That has translated into a savings of more than $1 billion in medical costs, the researchers added.
MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 -- American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests.
However, the study, which tracked more than 600 children from 2006 to 2016, also found a shift in the bacteria now triggering greater numbers of ear infections. The investigators also found that these germs are not killed by amoxicillin, the top-recommended antibiotic for the condition.