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A Shot in the Dark: Researchers Advise Flu Vaccine for Unborn Babies

Pregnant? Get your flu shot. Credit: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images Does the sight of a needle make your child scream like a sorority sister in a Wes Craven movie? Even newborns do their share of caterwauling when they meet Mr. Syr...
Yale study says getting flu shot when you're pregnant is great twofer deal.

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?

Pregnant? Get Your Flu Shot!

Don't avoid the needle, moms-to-be. Credit: ZaldyImg, Flickr
If you're expecting, be sure you're first in line to get a flu shot this year. The flu vaccine has been recommended for pregnant women for years, so why the added urgency this flu...
Why should you get it? Last year's H1N1 outbreak brought to light how hard the flu can hit pregnant women, and new research indicates that immunity is passed down to your baby.

Flu Shots, Salmonella-Tainted Snacks and Bilingual Kids: News for Canadian Parents

This week's Canadian parenting news bites include a major Ontario child porn bust, a recall of salmonella-tainted snack foods, a study that says kids should be at the front of the queue for flu shots and a way to help your child be bilingual even be...

17 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Your baby's sense of hearing is developing now. Credit: GE Healthcare If you're pregnant during flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get a flu shot to keep you and your baby healthy. Your ob/gy...

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...

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...

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....

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 ...

Flu vaccine without the needle?

Like Jennifer Jordan, I have a "thing" about getting flu shots and to this day have never had one. That "thing" probably has a lot to do with the needle required to administer the vaccine. The good news on that front is that one day there may be a f...

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. ...

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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