Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear
    October 1, 2003
    Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear

    A simple flu shot for every child with asthma could prevent 100,000 hospitalizations this year in the U.S. alone, according to an analysis by the American Lung Association released on September 18, 20…

    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine
    September 29, 2003
    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    In stark contrast to some earlier studies, giving children flu vaccine does not help to prevent ear infections in young children, according to a large study published in the September 24, 2003 Journal…

    Monkeypox 3: Spreads From Person to Person?
    June 12, 2003
    Monkeypox 3: Spreads From Person to Person?

    The state of Wisconsin has reported suspected monkeypox in two healthcare workers who had no known animal exposure but who had been caring for earlier monkeypox patients on May 22. The symptoms are st…

    Ask for No-Added-Mercury Vaccines
    May 27, 2003
    Ask for No-Added-Mercury Vaccines

    When it comes to the flu shot, choice is now here. Many doctors start ordering flu vaccine during the spring and summer months for the fall and winter to follow. Beginning in 2003, a preservative-free…

    Pediarix Combination Vaccine
    December 19, 2002
    Pediarix Combination Vaccine

    Fewer needle sticks… the same protection! On Tuesday, December 16, 2002, the FDA approved a new five-vaccine combination for children. Pediarix contains vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (…

    Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism
    November 8, 2002
    Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism

    Once the question was raised about whether the MMR vaccine might trigger autism in some children, even mounting evidence to the contrary had not put fears to rest. The vaccine rate has plummeted since…

    Rubella
    November 3, 2002
    Rubella: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    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 illne…

    Ear Infection
    October 28, 2002
    Ear Infection: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Acute otitis media, otitis media, AOM Introduction to ear infection: Many parents are familiar with being awoken by a crying baby with an ear infection. Ear infections are the most c…

    cough
    October 26, 2002
    Cough: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to cough: Your home calms at night, the children are tucked into bed – but then loud coughing replaces the silence. It’s impressive that a body so small can cough so loud. What is a c…

    Autism on the Rise
    October 20, 2002
    Autism on the Rise

    Can you trust statistics? Back in 1999, a report from California's Department of Developmental Services, concluded that the number of children with profound autism had grown from 2,778 in 1987 to 10,3…

    Flu Vaccine Recommendations for Children Under Four
    September 25, 2002
    Flu Vaccine Recommendations for Children Under Four

    Each year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) makes recommendations about who should get the influenza vaccine. The focus of the flu shot campaign among healthy people has been on people aged 6…

    A Flu Vaccine For Every Child?
    July 16, 2002
    A Flu Vaccine For Every Child?

    In the summer of 2002, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC have both changed their recommendations for the flu vaccine in c…

    Repeat Chickenpox
    June 6, 2002
    Repeat Chickenpox

    Parents express their concern that the chickenpox vaccine  might not give lifelong immunity. These parents sometimes want their children to catch "real chickenpox" as kids so that they will never get…

    Do Vaccines Weaken the Immune System?
    January 8, 2002
    Do Vaccines Weaken the Immune System?

    Babies get so many shots these days! About a quarter of parents are concerned that the sheer number of vaccines might overwhelm, weaken, or use up a baby’s immature immune system. Evidence published…

    Immunization Timing Matters
    December 2, 2001
    Immunization Timing Matters

    I often hear from parents who like to modify their children’s immunization schedules for one reason or another. According to a warning issued in the November 30, 2001, issue of the CDC’s Morbidity…

    Vaccinating Mothers To Protect Babies
    November 21, 2001
    Vaccinating Mothers To Protect Babies

    Mothers give their babies so much - including antibodies that help protect them from infections. If a woman were immunized against an infection before becoming pregnant, might she pass this along to h…

    Immunization for Smallpox and Anthrax?
    October 25, 2001
    Immunization for Smallpox and Anthrax?

    I hear from parents almost everyday, wishing that vaccines were available to protect their children from smallpox or anthrax or other agents of bioterror. Routine smallpox vaccination was discontinued…

    Smallpox Vaccination
    October 17, 2001
    Smallpox Vaccination

    In 1967, the World Health Organization (WHO) began an intense campaign to eradicate smallpox from the planet through quarantine and vaccination. The New York City Board of Health strain was one of the…

    Thimerosal (Mercury)-Containing Vaccines
    October 12, 2001
    Thimerosal (Mercury)-Containing Vaccines

    The highly respected Institute of Medicine has completed its Immunization Safety Review: Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (October 2001). They strongly urge removing all…

    Fear, Measles, and Protecting our Kids
    September 27, 2001
    Fear, Measles, and Protecting our Kids

    Claims that the MMR vaccine might cause inflammatory bowel disease or autism continue to haunt parents. I'm asked about the connection every week. The group that began the controversy, researchers fro…