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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...
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.

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....
Yale study says getting flu shot when you're pregnant is great twofer deal.

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...
The Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier projects stars on the ceiling and helps relieve congestion. Sorry, it's for the kids.

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.

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....

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...

Jennifer Garner wants everyone to get their flu shots

There aren't many people who want their face associated with influenza, but Jennifer Garner is willing to do it if it means more people will get their flu shots. Garner appears in public service announcements for FacesofInfluenza.org stressing the...

Enough flu shots this year?

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 100 million doses of influenza vaccine, the largest number ever shipped, will be available for the U.S. market this flu season. It was noted on MedlinePlus.com that...

Prenatal health and future economic success

Sometimes, a correlation between two events seems almost mind boggling. Such is the case with a study in the Journal of Political Economy that argues that it is a malleable characteristic – in utero health – that most strongly indicates...

Spray flu vaccine works better for babies

From MSNBC.com:  It appears that spraying the flu vaccine into the noses of children under five may provide them significantly more protection than the traditional injections. A study, considered "one of the largest comparisons of flu...

New study questions whether children are main culprits of flu epidemic

From CNN.com:  According to a new study, it turns out that your kids may not be the main culprits spreading the flu bug. It might be you. The study, published in the journal, Science, suggests that working adults are more to blame for the flu's...

Household based quarentine may help your family this flu season

I don't know about you, but the possibility of a flu pandemic worries me. I am not reassured by health officials, including the Director of Health and Human Services who earlier this year suggested we stockpile dry milk and canned tuna in case of a...

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