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All crouped up

Last night I was awakened by a sound that strikes fear in the heart of parents. It wasn't the screams of a child being murdered in their bed, or the terrifying silence that accompanies an injury (like the classic battle: Gravity vs Toddler-Stairc...

New Jersey requires flu vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children, from six months to eighteen years old, get the flu vaccine this year. It's a choice that some parents will make and others will eschew. Except, of course, in New Jersey. The...

Physicians group wants FDA to ban children's cold medicines

Last winter, the FDA put out an advisory warning parents and caretakers that children under the age of two shouldn't be given over-the-counter cough and cold medications. A leading physicians group, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, thinks that...

Flu shots, pregnancy and the unborn child

Hard to believe but it's already flu season again. Or, to be more accurate, it's really (hopefully) flu PREVENTION season. This week the Center for Disease Control whipped out a new, stronger than ever campaign to get pregnant women and young childr...

Flu vaccine urged for infants

This year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is recommending that kids as young as six months receive the influenza vaccine. There are plenty of doses of the vaccine available -- 143 million -- so the additional kids do not represent a problem. Dr...

Flu shot during pregnancy protects newborn babies

For a decade, the CDC has recommended that pregnant women get a flu shot, because pregnancy can affect the immune system and because the flu can be dangerous to pregnant women and their unborn babies. Still, the vast majority of pregnant women don't....

Do parents worry too much about their child's temperature?

No one likes to see their kids get sick, and fevers can be especially worrisome. When my daughter caught the flu this winter, her fever soared to 104.5 and she felt like she was on fire. I think I checked her temperature every hour that night, until ...

Flu season worst in four years

Yesterday, after three whole days of sunny weather here, the mood at preschool pickup was amazing. If you live in the north, you know what a few days of spring weather can do for the soul. Last week, we were all pale, shivering, and huddled still in ...

Cameron Diaz loses her father

In sad news, actress Cameron Diaz has lost her father. Now she has made a statement about the cause of his death and her sadness over her loss. Diaz's father, Emilio, passed away from pneumonia at the young age of just 58. According to Access Hol...

FLU: The sequel

I've been (noticeably?) absent on ParentDish for the past couple of weeks, thanks to a particularly nasty bug that cycled through everyone in this household. But wait! It didn't stop there, NO! It took out my parents, my sister and anyone else I regu...

Annual flu vaccinations for all kids?

The Center for Disease Control may make the recommendation that children be vaccinated against the flu, every year, up to the age of eighteen. Currently, the recommendation is only for kids from six months to five years old, but the new guidelines wo...

Flu reporting from the trenches

After a winter of reasonably good health, our household has been struck with a flu that makes even gazing out the window a fatiguing proposition. And this year, I was sort of good about getting flu shots. I say sort of because while I did take the k...

Vaccinations: they're not just for kids!

According to another one of those pesky recent studies, adults in the United States are not getting their vaccinations. Yes, adults are supposed to get vaccinated too--just because we can legally drink doesn't mean we can totally avoid the needle. ...

Are children's flu meds causing hallucinations?

If your little one gets the flu, you might want to think twice before filling a prescription for Tamiflu or Relenza. The Food and Drug Administration has released a safety review of those drugs and is now recommending the makers add label precautions...

Will you get the flu shot this year?

And, will your kids? I got a flu shot for the first time in my life last fall when I was pregnant. My OBGYNs strongly urged me to do so, and with all the contact I have in a given day just in New York on the subways with passengers both sick and we...

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