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Pregnant Moms: Get Flu Vaccine to Keep Babies From Getting Sick, Researchers Say

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Don't want to take any chances when it comes to keeping your newborn from catching the flu? Get the influenza vaccine while you're still pregnant.
Researchers have found babies born to to moms who got the shot w...
Study finds an infant's chance of getting the flu drops by nearly 50 percent when mom gets a shot while pregnant.

AAP Announces New Immunization Guidelines for Kids, Teens

This year's immunization guidelines cover a range of conditions such as influenza, pertussis and genital warts. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the recommended childhood ...Among the new guidelines is a recommendation that adolescents get a booster dose of meningococcal vaccine.

Do You Vaccinate Your Children?

Do you vaccinate your kids? Credit: Getty Images
December 6 is Family Vaccination Day, which is part of the fourth annual National Influenza Vaccination Week. The focus here is on the flu vaccine, but of course there are many other shots out t...
Do you vaccinate your children against the flu and other diseases?

Kids Breathe Easier on a Starry Night

Star light, star bright, I wish my cold would go away tonight. Credit: Vicks
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months, to help relieve congestion and coughs for kids. So, why not us...
The Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier projects stars on the ceiling and helps relieve congestion. Sorry, it's for the kids.

Sometimes Being a Popular Kid Can Just Make You Sick

A pox on the popular kids! Credit: Michael Gibson, Paramount Pictures / AP
Did you ever wish God would send a plague -- just one tiny little plague -- to the popular kids in high school?
Nothing spectacular. Frogs raining from the sky on prom...
It turns out popular kids get the first -- and strongest -- forms of the flu.

A Baby's Death by Flu Spurs His Parents on to Educate the Masses

Chances are, you may not have thought much about the dangers of the flu before last year's high profile H1N1 flu pandemic. After all, the flu is just like a bad cold, right? Wrong. The truth is the flu can kill, and it isn't just a danger to...Chances are, you may not have thought much about the dangers of the flu before last year's high profile H1N1 flu pandemic. After all, the flu is just like a bad cold, right? Wrong. The truth is the flu can kill, and it isn't just a danger to elderly or sick people; it also kills children -- healthy children.

Kids, Adults Should Get Flu Vaccine, American Lung Association Urges

Kids are the Typhoid Marys of flu season, experts say. Credit: Zaldylmg, Flickr
The summer breezes are still teasing us, even as our kids board their buses for the first weeks of school, but it won't be long before the 2010-2011 flu season is u...

10 Ways to Add More Ginger to Your Family's Diet

Remember when you were a child and your stomach was tossing and turning? Your parents probably brought you a tasty liquid cure - old fashioned ginger ale. Ginger planted its root in Asian and has long been used as a stomach aid and in other medi...

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep o...

Bare Handshake a No-No Now in Youth Hockey

Kids are now discouraged from hand-to-hand contact. Credit: Corbis
The latest casualty of the swine flu outbreak: Handshakes after youth hockey games. With the flu spreading, USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport, now re...

Swine Flu: Will Your Kids Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate. That is the question parents are asking this flu season. Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most family doctors are recommending that children and pregnant women, in particular, vaccinat...

Swine Flu - Are You Panicking?

How worried are you about swine flu? Photo: David Hecker, Getty Images.
One of the strange and wonderful things about the 24/7 news cycle is how quickly a story goes from "what's this all about?" to "let's get on with our lives." What used to tak...

Free Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good?

The pharmacy in my local grocery store is currently offering free antibiotics as part of a health and wellness initiative. To promote the freebies, signs reading "You didn't pay for the germs. Why pay for the antibiotics?" are on display throughout t...

Fall Babies Have Higher Risk of Asthma

What's the best time of year for a baby to be born? Having grown up the son of an accountant, I would naturally say as close to December 31st as possible, without going past. That way, you get a full year's tax deduction for only a day or so of paren...

Flu shots - required or optional?

Influenza vaccine is designed to fight the three main strains of disease that researchers believe will circulate in any given flu season, but that doesn't mean you are guaranteed to evade the illness if you get a flu shot. It's the time of year wh...

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