Dr. Greene’s take on immunization timing: 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 and Mortality Weekly Report, when the MMR vaccine and the chicken pox vaccine are given on […]
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 more than 20 years after the last smallpox case in the United States.
Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to a growing problem: an estimated 35 million teens, in the United States alone, are missing one or more doses of childhood vaccines. This leaves these teens vulnerable to catching preventable infections as adults, when the diseases are often more serious and have […]
I am a missionary living in the Dominican Republic. Yesterday our eight-month old son received a vaccination for sarampion, which is the Spanish term for measles. My baby book says that it is better not to vaccinate for measles until after a child is 12 months old because the vaccination usually doesn’t make a child immune to the disease until after the child is a year old. Measles is quite a problem here among children and for that reason my son’s doctor requires the vaccination at eight months. The doctor, a Dominican, was trained in the States. I am curious to know, however, if you feel that it was wise for our son to have received the vaccination at the age of eight months rather than waiting until after he turns a year old and the vaccination is more effective.
Beth Veenstra – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Guidelines have been set for many health issues. Experts are able to devote a considerable amount of time to a particular question (far more than an individual physician could ever hope to achieve), thus the benefit of many experts’ in-depth knowledge on many different questions is now available to individual families and physicians. A subcommittee […]
Introduction to sinusitis: That runny nose and cough just won’t go away… Perhaps your child has a sinus infection. Sinusitis is a common problem in children. Nevertheless, it is often over-diagnosed in children with green runny noses, and missed in children who really have a sinus infection!
Dear Dr. Greene, I read on the vaccine Internet site that you should not vaccinate for MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) if your child has an egg allergy. I found out that my 17-month baby girl gets a rash from egg whites. What kind of problems can occur when she receives the MMR vaccine? Should she not have it? Is there an alternative? Thanks for your time.
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 it? Coughing is an important part of the body’s defense system. It forcefully propels unwanted invaders up and out of […]
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How can I find out information about DPT vaccine problems? I am vaccinating my 2 month old son next week and would like as much info on this as possible. What can you tell me?
Lisa Bonine – Wichita Falls, Texas
Introduction to croup: Picture this scene: A couple is spending a quiet evening at home with their one-year-old daughter, who has had a bit of a cold. At about 8 o’clock she begins coughing — an unusually loud, resonant cough. Over the next few hours, the sporadic cough becomes increasingly frequent. She gets a fever.
I am currently trying to assess whether or not to vaccinate my 15 month old and 3 year old for chickenpox. Can you give me the pros and cons? What are you recommending to your patients? Everyone I talk to seems to have a different opinion.
Leslie Jacobs – San Carlos, California
Introduction to hemophilia: The old rabbis of the Jewish Talmud stated that when a mother had lost two boys from bleeding to death during circumcision, any boys that she might have afterward should not be subjected to the operation. The rabbis of antiquity seem to have known that abnormal bleeding can be hereditary. They may […]
The DTaP vaccine is a newer version of the older DPT vaccine. DTaP is designed to immunize against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
Introduction to polio: In 1988, polio still ravaged about 350,000 people each year, causing damage that will last for the rest of their lives. The World Health Organization, UNICEF, the CDC, and Rotary International saw that polio could be entirely eradicated from the world. By the turn of the millennium, they had been 99 percent […]
What is croup?
Earlier this summer, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC recommended against using nasal flu vaccine (or flumist) for children due to lack of effectiveness. This recommendation was echoed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This was very disappointing news for some kids and parents who prefer a squirt in the […]
Several questions come to mind after reading what you wrote about RSV. What is the relationship, if any, between RSV and croup? What is croup anyway? How does one prevent it? What does one do if one’s child gets it?
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 mercury from vaccines, as part of the overall effort to reduce mercury exposure in children.
Is 4 weeks old to early to have my daughter’s ears pierced? My Grandma thinks I should wait until she’s 4-5 months old so she won’t pick at them. I think that at 4 weeks old, she doesn’t have a clue as to where or what her ears are, as opposed to a 4-5 month-old baby, so I would rather have it done now.