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CDC finds childhood vaccination rates are still lagging

In a new analysis, CDC said there was a large decline in essential childhood vaccinations in the early months of the pandemic last year, but rates did not return to pre-pandemic levels with the lifting of the stay-at-home orders.

FDA: Don’t use antibody testing to evaluate immunity after COVID-19 vaccination

FDA reminded health care professionals and the public that results from currently authorized COVID-19 antibody tests should not be used to assess a person’s level of immunity or protection from COVID-19 at any time, particularly after the person has received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Do adolescents have better HPV vaccination rates than young adults?

Researchers from the University of Michigan examined vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) in young adults versus adolescents for an 8-year period, from 2010 to 2018. Regardless of what age they were at first dose, more survey respondents opted for vaccination as the years passed. Still, compared with adolescents—68% of whom received one or more HPV doses by 2018—overall takeup among young adults was low.

ISMP updates COVID-19 vaccine errors

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) continues to track the errors that have been reported from the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC recommends pregnant women get COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women should get the COVID-19 vaccine, said CDC. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, noted at a White House briefing that vaccination surveillance systems found “no safety concerns” for more than 35,000 women in their third trimester or for their babies.

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