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Sears said the anti-vaccination movement is probably not much of a factor in Maine, although it could be in other states where anti-vaccination sentiment is stronger.

"The percentage of people who don't vaccinate their children in Maine is rather small," Sears said.

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"Of the 737 cases last year, 463 were in the 7-19 age group, according to the Maine CDC. Sixty-nine percent of Maine students ages 13-17 had received their age 11 booster shot, compared with 78 percent nationwide, according to the federal CDC. Maine had the lowest rate of 11-year-olds getting booster shots of any state in the Northeast.

Sears said he would be in favor of a state law that mandates age 11 booster shots as a requirement to attend school.

"That would be a helpful strategy," he said." 

 


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FYI - the Sears referred to is not Dr. Sears of the Vaccine Book, but Dr. Steven Sears, state epidemiologist.


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"Of the 737 cases last year, 463 were in the 7-19 age group, according to the Maine CDC. Sixty-nine percent of Maine students ages 13-17 had received their age 11 booster shot, compared with 78 percent nationwide, according to the federal CDC. Maine had the lowest rate of 11-year-olds getting booster shots of any state in the Northeast.

Sears said he would be in favor of a state law that mandates age 11 booster shots as a requirement to attend school.



"That would be a helpful strategy," he said." 



 



I just heard that ACIP withdrew its recommendation for an adolescent pertussis booster. Off to go fact check...

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I just heard that ACIP withdrew its recommendation for an adolescent pertussis booster. Off to go fact check...

 

They were considering adding a 2nd Tdap at age 16 or 21, but decided against it.

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i'm wondering how vaccinating a certain age group will help with the vaccine efficacy? If the vaccine isn't working like it is  supposed to do, how will vaxing more kids help if they come down with it anyway?

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