immunization 

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.

Immunizing Children May Help the Whole Community, Study Shows

Vaccines might have wide-reaching effects. Credit: Noel Celis, AFP/Getty Images
Giving flu vaccines to children can help protect the wider community, a new study shows. The findings, published this week in the Journal of the American...

Court Rules West Virginia Mom Must Vaccinate Her Child

Some parents worry about vaccinating their children. Credit: jupiterimages
Opponents of vaccines lost a court battle this month, as a federal judge ruled that a West Virginia mom must immunize her child. Jennifer Workman of Mingo County,...

Home-schooling to avoid vaccinations

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education estimated that more than 1 million children in the United States were home-schooled. Today, the National Home Education Research Institute estimates that number to have doubled, with about 2 million children...

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....

Chicken pox vaccine cuts cases by up to 90%

Parents opting out of the chicken pox vaccine in hopes that their child will catch it naturally might find that a difficult thing to accomplish. Since the vaccine was introduced in 1995, chicken pox cases have fallen 57 to 90 percent. Before 1995,...

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...

Parents lie about religion to avoid vaccines

Sabrina Rahim feels that vaccinations are to blame for her 4-year-old son's autism. Therefore, rather than subject him to more shots, she has signed a letter claiming that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her son should be exempt from...

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