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Does My Baby Need A Vitamin K Shot?

Will the hospital require a nurse to administer a vitamin K shot to my baby immediately after birth? more


Why Parents Aren’t Doing More To Stop The Spread Of Preventable Childhood Diseases

I’ll be the first to admit that when I took my eldest child to the pediatrician for routine vaccinations, I wondered: “Pertussis? Measles? Rubella? No one gets sick with these diseases anymore! Why is he getting these shots?” But more... more


Cost-Savings Benefits Of Childhood Vaccinations

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more


Mapping The Need For Vaccinations

It has been the myth heard ’round the pediatric world: Vaccinations cause autism. In spite of evidence to the contrary and a retraction of the primary article staking this claim, some parents remain concerned about vaccination-related injury. “Why does my... more


New Flu Shot Packs More Punch

“Get your flu shot!” This flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued the same general recommendation as every season since 2010. Everyone 6 months of age and older who is eligible to get a flu... more


Get A Leg Up On DTaP Vaccine

Let’s get real: shots hurt. Childhood vaccinations can be hard on children and parents alike. It’s natural to want to minimize the painful experience by just “getting it over with.” A shot in the arm may seem like the best... more


New 2013 Vaccine Schedule Sees Big Changes

Medicine is dynamic; scientific understanding of vaccine mechanisms, transmission patterns, and vaccine formulations change often. Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an expert advisory panel that reports directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),... more


Whooping Cough Focus Of New Campaign

The March of Dimes, a longtime advocate for premature babies and pregnant moms, is taking a new approach in its effort for “stronger, healthier babies.” Together with vaccine-producer Sanofi Pasteur, the March of Dimes has launched a campaign to bring... more


Flu Vaccine Benefits Pregnant Mothers & Their Unborn Babies

Fears over vaccine safety cause many individuals, particularly pregnant women, to forgo the seasonal flu vaccine and take a “wait and see” approach. Prior to the 2009–2010 H1N1 pandemic, vaccination rates among pregnant women in the U.S. ranged from 0.7... more


Do The 5 S’s Relieve Pain Of Vaccines?

For young children, it can seem that just about every trip to the doctor involves pain or fear. If they’re not seeing the doctor for injury or illness, they’re there for well visits, which often involves the pain or fear... more