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  • Your Girls and Your Boys Should Have HPV Vaccinations

    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 vaccinations (like Gardasil) can prevent most of them.

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  • If It Were My Child: No Tylenol before Shots

    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 massive, but generic medications (liquid acetaminophen made by Walgreens or CVS, for example) were not included. The recall was a great reminder that generics are […]

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  • Scared to Give Your Kids the H1N1 Flu Vaccine? The Benefits Outweigh the Risks

    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 vaccine for the swine flu (H1N1). It has just now become available, and it’s natural for parents […]

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  • Should you get the flu vaccine?

    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 times worse than the usual seasonal flu (which kills about 36,000 people a year in the US), but […]

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  • Pregnancy and H1N1 Flu

    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 avoid all medications unless the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. With this year’s flu season, this […]

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  • 23 Letters and 13 Shots

    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 originally proposed the idea to my parents they told me that this year we weren’t financially […]

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  • Cancer Vaccine in Girls

    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 entering middle school (though parents could opt out for religious or medical reasons). Many other states are likely to follow suit quickly.

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  • Mercury in Vacines

    Mercury in Vaccines

    Dear Dr. Greene, my 16-year-old son has an immune disorder and needs a Hepatitis B shot. I’m concerned about the effects of mercury-containing vaccines on kids’ immune systems and brains. Are there any mercury-free Hep-B shots and mercury-free meningitis…

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  • Flu Vaccine Recommendations

    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. Overall, kids are the most likely to catch the flu, but not the most likely to have serious cases.

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  • Stark Rubella Contrasts

    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 disease, and mental retardation. When pregnant mothers get rubella, a highly contagious otherwise-minor illness, the results for their babies can be devastating.

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