Your Girls and Your Boys Should Have HPV Vaccinations
    November 13, 2012
    Your Girls…and Your Boys Should Have HPV Vaccinations

    Prevention of any disease is what you want to do for your children. You want to give them the best life possible. Physicians know that the HPV (human papilloma virus) causes many diseases. And HPV vac…

    If It Were My Child: No Tylenol before Shots
    September 24, 2010
    If It Were My Child: No Tylenol before Shots

    Earlier this year there was a massive Tylenol recall. The recall included Infant Tylenol drops, Children's Tylenol, as well as many other children's medications. I'm not exaggerating when I say massiv…

    Scared to Give Your Kids the H1N1 Flu Vaccine? The Benefits Outweigh the Risks
    October 15, 2009
    Scared to Give Your Kids the H1N1 Flu Vaccine? The Benefits Outweigh the Risks

    The Centers for Disease Control say all people from 6 months through 24 years are in a high priority group for getting the flu shot this year. But I can understand the fear some parents have about the…

    Should you get the flu vaccine?
    September 10, 2009
    Should you get the flu vaccine?

    We've all been hearing about the worst case scenarios regarding the H1N1 flu, otherwise known as the swine flu. We don't know how bad H1N1 will be this fall, but it looks like it could be several time…

    Pregnancy and H1N1 Flu
    August 3, 2009
    Pregnancy and H1N1 Flu

    If you think you may get pregnant in the next year, this may be the most important year to get a flu shot – and an H1N1 flu shot, when it becomes available. When pregnant, it’s generally best to a…

    23 Letters and 13 Shots
    September 2, 2008
    23 Letters and 13 Shots

    After my teacher told me about this trip in April of this year, my dream was to go to Rwanda with a group of my friends and teachers where we would ride our bikes and visit orphanages. When I original…

    Cancer Vaccine in Girls
    September 19, 2006
    Cancer Vaccine in Girls

    Should all 11 and 12 year old girls be vaccinated against sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV)? Michigan appears poised to be the first state to enact this requirement for all girls enterin…

    Mercury in Vacines
    July 13, 2006
    Mercury in Vaccines

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Your question comes in a lot. Many parents are concerned about mercury, which was used for years as a preservative in some vaccines. Fortunately, all of the vaccines routinely rec…

    Flu Vaccine Recommendations
    September 29, 2005
    Flu Vaccine Recommendations

    Flu season is almost here. Most people who get the flu feel miserable, but recover without major problem. Nevertheless, each year, the flu kills an average of about 36,000 people in the US alone. Over…

    Stark Rubella Contrasts
    March 22, 2005
    Stark Rubella Contrasts

    The World Health Organization estimates that about 100,000 children each year are born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), a major cause of severe birth defects such as blindness, deafness, heart …

    Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury
    September 27, 2004
    Mercury Free versus No Added Mercury

    A concerned father recently contacted me about the no-added-mercury flu vaccine. He had called the manufacturers who admitted that there were still trace amounts of mercury in the vaccine. He wanted t…

    PCV Vaccine Results
    September 6, 2004
    PCV Vaccine Results

    It seems like kids these days get so many shots. One of the recent additions to the routine vaccine schedule is the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV or Prevnar). Pneumococcal bacteria are the leadi…

    No-Mercury-Added Flu Vaccines
    June 23, 2004
    No-Mercury-Added Flu Vaccines

    More children than ever before are expected to get the flu vaccine for the 2004-2005 flu season, both because of new recommendations and because last year's rough flu season still lingers in many peop…

    Vaccine Diabetes Link?
    April 2, 2004
    Vaccine Diabetes Link?

    Type 1 diabetes has increased in children over the last decade, presumably triggered by something in their diet or in their environment. Some have suggested that perhaps the disease is triggered by a …

    MMR/Autism Study Retracted
    March 3, 2004
    MMR/Autism Study Retracted

    A controversial 1998 study published in The Lancet implied that the MMR vaccine might be a cause of autism. This sparked deep suspicion of the vaccine and prompted a great deal of new research involvi…

    Avian Flu
    January 15, 2004
    Avian Flu

    The flu epidemic appears to be winding down in the United States, having killed 93 children between October 2003 and January 6, 2004. About a third of these kids had another underlying medical conditi…

    Allergic to Shots
    November 21, 2003
    Allergic to Shots

    A severe form of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis can occur after eating peanuts, shellfish, eggs, bananas, kiwi, avocado, or other foods. It can occur after bee stings, in those who are allergic.…

    Mercury, A Look Back
    November 17, 2003
    Mercury, A Look Back

    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 chi…

    Heroic Polio Effort Hamstrung
    October 28, 2003
    Heroic Polio Effort Hamstrung

    A worsening polio outbreak in West Africa has already spread to nations where polio had been eradicated and has prompted hundreds of thousands of volunteers and health workers to race to immunize 15 m…

    Polio - It’s A Small World After All
    October 26, 2003
    Polio – It’s A Small World After All

    Hundreds of thousands of health workers and volunteers are mobilizing to reach every child in 5 countries with polio vaccine within just a few days – in countries where polio had previously been era…