HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Vaccine shortage study exposes nations 'patchwork' system

ANN ARBOR, MI An ongoing national shortage of a vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in children has left doctors scrambling to provide even the minimum number of shots, and has exposed gaps in the nation's "patchwork" vaccine system, the first-ever in-depth study of the problem finds.

Three-quarters of 405 doctors' offices surveyed in 12 states reported problems with consistently getting enough of the potentially life-saving vaccine known as Prevnar, and more than half said they had run out completely at least once in the past year, according to a study in the February 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The survey was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System's Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, who have funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct studies of vaccine issues.

They found great variation among states in availability of Prevnar, or heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Many of the doctors' offices said they had borrowed Prevnar from public stocks reserved for poor and uninsured children in order to vaccinate privately insured children, or vice versa, as their stock ran out.

"For parents, this means that depending on what state you're in, and the source of vaccine for which you are eligible, you may not have been able to protect your child against these preventable, potentially serious diseases," says lead author Gary Freed, M.D., M.P.H., the Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health Delivery in the U-M Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended Prevnar for children under age 2 in mid-2000, after its approval by the Food and Drug Administration that year. The Prevnar shortage began in 2001, and may continue through 2003, due to high demand and manufacturing problems.

In September, 2001, the shortage led the
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
4-Feb-2003


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Vaccine against childhood pneumonia shows promise
2. Vaccine may complement conventional treatment for chronic leukaemia
3. Vaccine preparedness, or not
4. Oct. 14 Web cast: Reporters Workshop -- Covering Vaccines & Immunizations
5. Vaccine reduces racial disparity in incidence of childhood pneumonia and meningitis
6. Vaccine nips breast cancer in the bud
7. Vaccine shows promise for kidney cancer
8. Vaccine development against influenza A (h5n1) virus should be made a priority
9. Vaccines against fatal African cattle fever
10. Vaccine development sparks debate on changes to cervical cancer screening guidelines
11. Vaccines prevent cancers of the liver and cervix

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Belle, were recently denied entry to the JFK Virgin Atlantic lounge. , Bensko ... into a wheelchair six years ago, Bensko dedicated her life to supporting our wounded ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... deep plane facelift . Dr. Talei has come up with a proprietary technique ... wrinkles—it releases and lifts tissues that have dropped. For all ages, patients can expect ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... 21 Middle East and South ... selected 21 leaders from government, business and civil society in 11 countries across the ... this fall, engaging in a transformative exchange of knowledge and ideas with the leading ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Ross Insurance Agency ( http://www.rossinsuranceagency.com ) saves ... Agency’s (FEMA) recent update of flood zones, more people than ever are in ... enacted to reflect the actual risk in flood zone areas during a time ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Katyl Agency, a locally ... and business owners in and around Lackawanna County, is joining Meals On Wheels ... area. , Meals on Wheels of NEPA provides hand-delivered and nutritious meals to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/29/2017)... May 29, 2017  Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... which enables the functional selection of stem cells, today ... the first quarter ended March 31 st , 2017. ... accomplishments in the first quarter of 2017," said Dr. ... we announced the treatment of the first blood cancer ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... PLEASANTON, Calif. , May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... world,s most innovative medical devices for pressure ulcer ... at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, ... Houston May 22-25. The Leaf Patient ... designed specifically for the hospital environment.  The system ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... WHIPPANY, N.J. , May 17, 2017  Bayer ... growing oncology portfolio will be presented at the 53 ... Clinical Oncology (ASCO), taking place June 2-6 in ... being presented at ASCO span prostate, colorectal, liver and ... subgroup analysis from the Phase II CHRONOS-1 trial of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: