Campus Pulse

This column seeks to inform readers about new developments and events coming out of the UW’s medical community, like studies that look into alternative immunization schedules and headaches after traumatic brain injury.

Study: pediatricians often asked for alternative immunization schedules

A new study finds parents often ask Washington pediatricians for alternative immunization schedules, which usually occur at regular intervals for maximum efficiency.

Researchers at the UW Medical Center, including Dr. Aaron Wightman and Dr. James Taylor and led by Dr. Doug Opel, assistant professor of pediatrics at the UW and bioethicist at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, conducted the study and gathered data from 209 physicians.

More than three quarters of the surveyed physicians reported that parents asked for a change in vaccination schedules, with 61 percent comfortable with adjusting the schedule upon request.

The study says safety and efficacy can be preserved even when switching the vaccination schedule. Yet physicians said they were reluctant to delay the three vaccinations normally prioritized, which protect against whooping cough, meningitis, and pneumonia.

Study finds correlation between headaches and traumatic brain injury

Dr. Heidi Blume of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Dr. Fred Rivara of Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center led a new study looking at children aged 5 to 17, which found the risk of headaches to be higher in adolescents (ages 13 to 17) and all girls in the study who had suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The type of TBI was classified as mild, moderate, or severe, and the headaches were measured three and 12 months after the injury. According to the study, at three months after the incident, 43 percent of children with a mild TBI reported headaches as compared to 37 percent of those with moderate to severe TBI.

After a year, the difference in headaches was negligible between those suffering from TBI or arm fractures, which acted as the control group for the study.

The study concluded that severity of the TBI as well as the age and gender of the patient were all factors in recovery.

Reach reporter Garrett Black at news@dailyuw.com.

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