ATLANTA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Several new vaccines have been licensed and approved for use within the past year -- extending the immunization period from childhood into adolescence.
Dr. Larry Pickering of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and Dr. Carol Baker of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston gave an update on new vaccines currently available at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta.
Specific discussion of three new vaccines was presented: the new human papillomavirus vaccine for girls and women 9 to 26 years of age, a new combined measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine for 1-year-old babies and tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccines for people ages 11 to 65.
Pickering stressed that immunizations remain an important part of preventing disease.
"The organisms that cause these diseases, such as mumps, measles and pertussis (whooping cough), have not gone away," he said. "If we are not vigilant in continuing our aggressive immunization campaign, these diseases are going to come back."