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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Archive for the ‘Immunizations’ Category

Back-to-school physicals: What parents need to know

With the academic year about to start, parents likely have their kids’ school physicals at the top of their to-do lists. What do you need to ask before, during and after you visit the pediatrician’s office? We asked two local Valley pediatricians what parents should know about their child’s physical, mental and emotional health. Matthew […]

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Dr. Cara Christ works to boost vaccination rates, curtail childhood obesity

After taking her 5-month-old daughter and two sons to Disneyland in late 2014, Dr. Cara Christ got a very personal reminder about the importance of childhood vaccinations. The very same time she and her family visited, an outbreak of measles had begun at the California theme park. Ultimately, more than 145 people across the United […]

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Flu shots or nasal spray? Local pediatricians weigh in on CDC report

If you have young kids, you’re probably familiar with the flu intranasal spray that takes needles out of the equation. It can make a visit to the pediatrician for flu protection a tear-free experience with little ones. However, a new recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Questions about the measles outbreak in Arizona?

As of Thursday, June 23, 18 cases of measles have been confirmed in Arizona—all of them stemming from an inmate at a Federal Detention Center in Pinal County. Earlier this month, the first (and so far the only) case of measles resulting from this outbreak was confirmed in Maricopa County. Because measles is a highly […]

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Working with parents who delay vaccines

For many doctors, the request to go “off the schedule” no longer comes as a surprise. They are trying to figure out how to handle parents who delay vaccines for their children or want to skip them altogether. The decision is tough to hear, says veteran pediatrician Dale Guthrie, MD, of Gilbert Pediatrics. “I am old enough to remember Haemophilus […]

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How effective is the rotavirus vaccine for diarrhea?

Beware the rotavirus. It’s a nightmare of a contagious gastro illness, causing tummy aches, vomiting, diarrhea and the threat of dehydration in babies, toddlers and young children. Before the vaccine was implemented in 2006, rotavirus infections were commonplace; all children in the U.S. had at least one rotavirus infection before their fifth birthday. Before 2006, […]

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Top eight myths about childhood vaccines

World Immunization Week began April 21 and will continue on through this week. It’s an attempt to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations and the role they play in saving lives around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions and prevents […]

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Top kids’ health issues to watch in 2012

Physicians and editors at KidsHealth.org sifted through health issues affecting children and families to choose a few important trends to keep tabs on in 2012. Here are a few areas that made the list.

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All ages should be vaccinated for 2011-12 flu season

Following up on an earlier post about getting flu shots… NextCare Urgent Care analyzed patient data and found that the company saw more visits for the treatment of influenza than for flu vaccinations. For the 2010-11 flu season (September through March), NextCare treated 3,136 patients for the flu at all 57 clinics across the nation, while […]

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Not too early for flu shots

Summer is barely over but it’s not too early for flu shots. Local provider Cigna Medical Group and Cigna Medical CareToday have received a supply of this season’s vaccine. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and 36,000 Americans die from seasonal flu each year. This year, […]

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