2014 March

Vaccine Adherence Improved with Text Message Reminders

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A project using personalized text message reminders to prompt patients about upcoming vaccinations demonstrated initial improvements in vaccine adherence at a community-based pediatric clinic. BOSTON – A six month quality improvement project using personalized text message reminders to prompt patients about upcoming vaccinations demonstrated initial improvements in vaccine adherence at a community-based pediatric clinic, according to a [...]

You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention – HPV Vaccination – Arizona School Health Offices Making a Difference

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- Gail Petersen Hock, MS, RN, PHCNS-bc The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), Program Manager- Community Partnerships School nurses have been at the forefront of protecting their populations from disease since the time of Lina Rogers and the Henry Street Settlement.  It took just one short month, in 1902, for the New York City Board [...]

Pediatric Research | Rotavirus vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks

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When I was a medical student in 1980, I cared for a 3-month-old girl named Candace. She was admitted to the intensive-care unit with fever, severe diarrhea and seizures because of low blood-sodium levels. We suspected rotavirus infection, although testing was unavailable at the time. Sadly, she died of complications of extreme dehydration. I recall [...]