Public Health News Roundup: August 26
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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that vaccination rates among teenagers for human papillomavirus (HPV) are lower than the rates for two other vaccines recommended for teens and preteens--Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and a vaccine which protects against meningococcal meningitis.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be awarding grants to states totaling up to $137 million to strengthen the public health infrastructure and provide jobs in core areas of public health including tobacco cessation services, public health laboratory and immunization services, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a recommendation to its members to prescribe antibiotics for the male partners of their female patients diagnosed with Chlamydia or gonorrhea to reduce the high reinfection rate.