Promote National Immunization Week with this digital toolkitApril 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week. To to spread the word about the positive impact of vaccination, the CDC has created a digital toolkit for providers. It includes a Tweetstorm on Monday, April 24, from 1-3 p.m., #ivax2protect. Join us! Read more.
Marijuana use more common among pregnant teens
Pregnant girls ages 12 to 17 are more than twice as likely to smoke marijuana as their nonpregnant peers, and girls in that age group are more likely to use the drug overall than women ages 26 and older, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The findings, based on 2002 to 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data involving 410,000 female subjects ages 12 to 44, also showed increased odds of marijuana use among black women and among pregnant women in their first trimester compared with other stages of pregnancy.Reuters (4/17), Philly.com (Philadelphia)/HealthDay News (4/18)
Infant deaths in the US decline but disparities remain
The infant mortality rate in the US dropped by 13% between 2000 and 2013, but the death rate among black babies was 11.1 per 1,000 live births in 2013, compared with only 5.1 per 1,000 live births among whites, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers found that no state had achieved racial equality in infant mortality rates, but racial gaps may be eliminated in 18 states by 2050.Reuters (4/14)
Parental vaccination status tied to immunization in children
Youths whose parents received the flu shot were almost three times more likely have a flu shot themselves, and they were also more likely to receive other vaccines, compared with youths whose parents did not have the flu shot. Similarly, children whose parents were not vaccinated against the flu were less likely to be vaccinated against diseases such as human papillomavirus, researchers report in Pediatrics.U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/17)