Polio - It’s A Small World After All
    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 eradi…

    Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear
    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
    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?
    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
    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
    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 (wh…

    Biggest Study Yet on MMR and Autism
    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
    Rubella: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    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 it? Rubella is one of the classic rash…

    Ear Infection
    Ear Infection: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ear infection: Many parents are familiar with being awoken by a crying baby with an ear infection. Ear infections are the most common reason that children take an extra trip to the doc…

    cough
    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 it? Cou…

    Autism on the Rise
    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
    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?
    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
    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 i…

    Do Vaccines Weaken the Immune System?
    Do Vaccines Weaken the Immune System?

    Dr. Greene's take on vaccines... Babies get so many shots these days! About a quarter of parents are concerned that the sheer number of vaccinations might overwhelm, weaken, or use up a baby's immatur…

    Immunization Timing Matters
    Immunization Timing Matters

    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 …

    Vaccinating Mothers To Protect Babies
    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?
    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
    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
    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…