vaccinations 

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...

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 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...

Do you ask if your child's playmates are vaccinated?

There are a lot of ways that we, as parents, put ourselves into groups. Breastfeeders vs. formula feeders, co-sleepers vs. cry-it-outers, stay at home moms vs. working moms. I think it's really unfortunate when these very personal issues divide us,...

Measles cases at a 12-year high

It's the time of year when school nurses across the country are looking over student's immunization records to make sure they've had all the shots they need in order to attend class. But as we've discussed here many times before, not all students...

Charlie Sheen pays for daughter vaccination... in nickels?!

(Click the photo to see the 10 Worst Celebrity Dads) When parents hold differing view on basic issues like discipline, education, or medical care for their children, it can be difficult to come to an agreeable compromise. However, when the parents...

HPV Vaccine may have unpleasant side effects

When Gardasil, the relatively new vaccine for the human papillomavirus, was announced, a lot of people worried that the effect of inoculating teenage girls against a sexually transmitted disease would be rampant sexual activity and that eliminating...

Amanda Peet calls non-vaccinating parents "parasites"

Vaccinations are a hot-button topic that never fails to get parents on either side of the issued riled up. Amanda Peet, who will soon be appearing in a a pro-vaccination video, likely stirred the pot a little more with her recent comment to Cookie...

Celebrities march for vaccination reform

Somehow, I seem to be the writer here at ParentDish who always blogs about vaccines and the war on autism. Not sure how it happened, or that it was meant to happen, but I recently came across another story regarding vaccines I thought you might...

Denise Richards: argument over vaccinations ended marriage

When Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen broke up way back when, many speculated that playboy Charlie had been caught doing something he shouldn't have been doing. There may or may not be something to that theory, but according to Denise Richards, the...

Stressing about vaccinations

I seem to keep forgetting to take Dylan to his 2-month checkup, for no particular reason other than life is busy and I am stupid. This week has officially become No Good Schedule-Wise so it'll have to be next week at the earliest, at which point...

Jenny McCarthy takes on panelists on Larry King Live

I grow to respect Jenny McCarthy more every day. It's hard to believe the woman I continually see in the media fighting for autism got her start on MTV's Singled Out (and Playboy). Call her crazy, call her whatever you want, but this woman is...

Parents who reject vaccines create public health risk

Ah, the great vaccination debate. Like breastfeeding and circumcision, it has the unique ability to provoke vitriol and flustered indignation in even the most mild-mannered parents. The debate isn't going away any time soon. A recent article in the...

Pediatricians fear new television series might be harmful to children's health

The American Academy of Pediatrics are not fans of ABC'S new series Eli Stone. In fact, the nations largest pediatrician group is so unhappy with a storyline of the first episode, they've sent a letter accusing ABC and its parent company, The Walt...

Flu shots now mandatory for NJ preschoolers

Starting in September 2008, every child attending pre-school or daycare in the state of New Jersey will be required to have a mandatory flu shot. Some parents are objecting to what they see as the state's overzealous decision to enforce the new law....

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