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Vaccines are unavailable at least once a month, and 19% to 38% of shipments have temperature issues.
Healthcare providers need to offer vaccines and address vaccine hesitancy whenever possible, the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases says.
High demand, production problems, and lack of raw materials contribute to the shortage, which has hindered immunization campaigns at a crucial time.
ACIP spent several months reviewing clinical trial data that showed two doses in younger adolescents prompted an immune response similar to or higher than in young adults.
Sun X, Samba TT, Yao J, et al. Impact of the Ebola outbreak on routine immunization in western area, Sierra Leone — a field survey from an Ebola epidemic area. BMC Public Health 2017 Apr 26;17:363
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