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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...

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, sa...

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, b...

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 t...

Parents push vaccine-autism link to courts

A possible link between a vaccine additive and autism is in the news again. The courts will participate in three cases, the second of which was last Monday, to determine whether parents should be awarded millions of dollars to over 4,800 parents of...

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 ...

Mumps on the rise in the U.S.

The mumps are making a comeback in the United States. I mean the disease, not a post-modern punk band. The disease rose to an alarming rate in 2006, and it is feared it may take decades to eradicate it from this country. These findings come despit...

Measles making a comeback

A significant jump in the number of measles cases in England and Wales is raising concerns among health care professionals and epidemiologists, as parents choose not to have their kids vaccinated. According to the Health Protection Agency, there were...

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...

Meningitis vaccine

Meningitis. It's not a word we parents like to think about or discuss, but one that is nevertheless on our minds. Meningitis is a scary disease (which one isn't scary?) that is particularly bad for children under one year of age. Now there's a new ...

No link between vaccines and autism

At least as far back as 2005, studies have shown clearly that there is no link between the thimerosal in vaccines and autism. First, there was a study in Japan, then there was one in Canada, but the anti-vaccine folks dismissed them, perhaps because ...

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...

Detecting cervical cancer with vinegar and gauze

As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up. Research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has resulted in a surprisingly simple - and inexpensive - way to detect cervical cancer using vinegar, cotton gauze and a halogen lamp. With ...

Second Time Around: I'm bringing VBAC -- yeah!

(I keep singing that to myself to the tune of Justin Timberhottie's "sexyback" as a means of encouragement.) A while ago I wrote about my being on the fence when it came to this birth. I wasn't sure if I should schedule the c-section the doctor was s...

Would cancer vaccine lead to free love?

A number of states are considering making the new HPV vaccine mandatory for pre-teen girls. California is one of them. Yesterday, however, the lawmaker that proposed the bill, Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-Baldwin Park (Los Angeles County), pulled it a...

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