…r findings in The Lancet. They wanted to evaluate a baby’s immune response after the standard 2 month-old immunizations. Researchers sorted babies into two groups, one in which the babies received the 2 month shots, and another in which the babies received the 2 month shots and then received Tylenol every 6-8 hours afterward for 24 hours. They looked at the outcomes of fever in both groups and observed the desired immune response (blood tes…

…ost and storage capacity. Vaccines in multi-dose vials are more likely to contain thimerosal as a preservative. Immunizations save lives Immunizations remain one of the greatest discoveries in human history, having saved innumerable lives and prevented measureless suffering. Available vaccines continue to be improved, and vaccine schedules continue to be refined. I strongly support the immunization of children and I agree with US Surgeon General…

…ntinue to have measles epidemics. Mexican resolve has resulted in similar dramatic success with other important immunizations. I’m all for yearly re-evaluation of whether or not the benefits of each vaccine outweigh the current risks. I’m all for reformulating vaccines to make them as safe as possible. But it is refreshing to set these questions against the backdrop of the immense boon immunizations have been, and continue to be, to c…

…12 months of age (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2007 Dec; 161(12):1140-46). How can a cough be prevented? Childhood immunizations can prevent significant cough illnesses, including measles, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and pneumococcal pneumonias. The flu can also be prevented by vaccine. Breastfeedingis protective against many of the infectious and allergic causes of cough. Other efforts at prevention are aimed at preventing the individu…

…hild, it can be difficult, for even the most diligent of moms, to keep track of each child’s detailed record of immunizations, allergies, etc. How many times have you looked at a bottle of acetaminophen and tried to remember if your child gets one teaspoon or one and a half teaspoons? There are a few categories of health related apps that I would like to highlight: Medical Records If you do a search on TheiPhoneMom.com for the terms “medical” o…

…a prone position. The rate of SIDS is also higher in those babies who do not receive timely well-child care and immunizations. Events that occur even before the baby is born affect the risk of SIDS. Anything that causes less oxygen to get to the baby in the uterus will increase his or her risk. On average, smoking during pregnancy doubles the chances, and the odds increase with each cigarette. Other drugs of abuse such as cocaine or heroin increa…

…both the disease and the vaccine are probably under-estimated. On the other hand, many children receive several immunizations at the same time, and thus many reactions listed as possibly coming from the chicken pox vaccine have no relationship at all. What safety news we have about the vaccine at this point is good. With any health decision, it is wise to evaluate both the possible risks and the potential benefits. While serious complications fro…

…ed. Currently, most adults and teens are susceptible because the protective effect of their childhood pertussis immunizations has waned. To address this problem, it is now recommended that all teens receive a booster vaccine at 11-18 years of age (preferably between 11-12 years). Between 60 and 80 percent of infants are protected after the first 3 doses of vaccine, but this protection begins to disappear when they are toddlers. After the 4th immu…

…So far, they have been 99% successful (only 2881 new cases in 2000). But enormous challenges remain in bringing immunizations to 16 million children in war-torn Central and Western Africa. Reuters Health has reported on events as they transpire. Using bicycles, boats, and canoes (and an amazing variety of methods to keep the vaccine cold and fresh), courageous vaccinators are visiting children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo-Brazz…

…a prone position. The rate of SIDS is also higher in those babies who do not receive timely well-child care and immunizations. Putting children to sleep on their backs lowers the risk of SIDS by about three times. Use firm bedding in a slightly cool room. Avoid cigarette smoke, and even anything that smells like cigarette smoke. Take your baby in for regular well-child visits and immunizations. There is some evidence to support that breastfeeding…

…movie Independence Day, I was thrilled to see people from warring factions joining together for a common goal. Immunizations are an opportunity that we have each day to do the same thing. When many people are vaccinated, everyone benefits, because the chance for the spread of disease is greatly reduced. The children most likely to die from pertussis are those who are too young to get the DPT vaccination. The best way to protect them is for all o…

…waiting at least a bit for ear piercing. My reason? Tetanus. Even though tetanus is not very common (thanks to immunizations), the tetanus bacteria is everywhere. It usually enters the body through puncture wounds. For this reason, it is better for a baby to have at least one (better two) tetanus shots behind her before her big day . Two shots would put the event at 3-5 months old for most kids. Also, once babies are 3 months old, they are bette…

…a real epidemic of autism that cannot be explained away. But why? We still do not know. The study concluded that the increase cannot be attributed to genetics, birth injury, or immunizations (including the MMR). Genetics certainly play a role, but we don’t know what in the environment is triggering the staggering increase in cases. We need to find out. Meanwhile, the numbers continue to rise ever faster, with 18,460 cases as of July 2002!…

…ed. Currently, most adults and teens are susceptible because the protective effect of their childhood pertussis immunizations has waned. To address this problem, it is now recommended that all teens receive a booster vaccine at 11-18 years of age (preferably between 11-12 years). Between 60 and 80 percent of infants are protected after the first 3 doses of vaccine, but this protection begins to disappear when they are toddlers. After the 4th immu…

…r in a prone position. The rate of SIDS is higher in those babies who do not receive timely well-child care and immunizations. Putting children to sleep on their backs lowers the risk of SIDS by about three times. Use firm bedding in a slightly cool room. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of SIDS, but the studies remain inconclusive. The SIDS rate has dropped by more than half in the last few years to 0.7 per one thousand live births in the…

What has been the effect of giving tiny amounts of mercury to millions of children in vaccines? A huge study in the November 2003 Pediatrics used an analysis of the medical records of over 140,000 children to try to find an answer. Health maintenance organization (HMO) computer databases make this kind of analyses possible. Children in three different HMOs were followed, from 1991 to 1999. Researchers tracked cumulative mercury (thimerosal) ex…

Antibiotic-resistant pneumococcal infections have become a major health problem. In February 2000 the FDA approved Prevnar, the exciting new vaccine that can prevent pneumococcal infections – the leading cause of serious meningitis and pneumonia. The pneumococcusis also the number one cause of ear infections and sinus infections, something that affects most young children. I expect this vaccine to prove to be a major advance in children&#…

Related concepts: German measles, Congenital rubella syndrome, Third disease, French measles, False measles, Scarlatina morbillosa, Hybrid measles Introduction to rubella: How tragic when a mild illness, scarcely worse than a cold, can cause such devastating effects on babies. Young parents, beware! What is rubella? Rubella is one of the classic rash illnesses of childhood. In ancient times, it was lumped in with measles, scarlet fever, and sma…

Dr. Greene`s Answer: As a pediatric resident, I spent my days (and nights) going from room to room, seeing one hospitalized child after another. It seemed so commonplace that it took several months for the truth to set in – each hospitalization, even if it seemed routine to me, was a major event in the life of a family. To have your 3-year-old daughter be so drained and dehydrated that she needed to be admitted to the hospital, to have her…

…sed without any anesthetic experience more trauma (pain and fear) with each of their numerous routine childhood immunizations Lancet, 1997; 349:599-603). As if shots weren’t intrusive enough! Most kids with cancer dislike the pokes more than the disease. Circumcision is quite controversial. Well-meaning people feel strongly about it on both sides. Whatever other arguments people make, there is insufficient evidence to support the medical be…