Story highlights A CDC committee released its annual updates for childhood and adult vaccinations A new vaccine against meningococcal type B is recommended for certain groups A new HPV vaccine is available that offers better protection against associated cancers (CNN)New vaccines for meningococcal type B and HPV and are among the updates to the immunization schedule published for children and adults. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, known as ACIP, makes the updates every year. ACIP is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A number of medical groups, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians, have endorsed the new schedules. One of the biggest changes this year is a new recommendation for MenB, a vaccine that protects against meningococcal serotype B infections, said Dr. Candice Robinson, a member of the childhood and adolescent working group for the ACIP. Meningococcal serotype B infections are responsible for about one-third of U.S. cases of meningitis, an infection that attacks the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It is fatal in 10% to 14% of cases and can lead to permanent disability, including hearing loss and loss of limbs. Read More… Read full this story
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