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Flu Spray Preferred For Children Ages 2–8

It has become a truism of public health: Another year, another flu vaccination. Since 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person 6 months of age or older receive the flu vaccine. For... more

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Protect Your Baby With Parent Whooping Cough Vaccine

Pertussis—better knowing as “whooping cough”—has been rapidly spreading across the nation with a total of 28,639 cases being reported in the United States in 2013. The disease reached epidemic levels in California, and the Minnesota Department of Health has reported 750 cases so... more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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