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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Vaccines’ 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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Decision about new two-dose HPV vaccination starts early

At my 10-year-old daughter’s last doctor’s visit, I was given all the routine information: height and weight compared to her peers, plus recommendations for healthier eating and better sleeping habits. Pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. But then the doctor pivoted to medical advice I wasn’t expecting. He recommended Victoria get her first HPV vaccination at her next […]

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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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Lower vaccination rates put kids at risk

Last October, I read that a group called the National Vaccine Information Center was putting labels on Halloween candy with this message: “Thinking about vaccinating your kids? Know the risk before you take it!” I shared the link on my blog’s Facebook and wondered what the response would be. I usually write about fun topics […]

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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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Measles outbreak in Arizona: Stay calm, know the facts

Measles outbreak in Arizona, know the facts about measles, stay calm during measles outbreak

The measles outbreak in Arizona is cause for concern for the parents of children who have not reached the eligible age for the vaccine or cannot be immunized because of health reasons. As of Friday, Feb. 6, the Arizona Department of Health Services had reported seven cases of measles in the state. Imagining that a newborn—or a child with a disease […]

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The measles outbreak and Arizona

Measles outbreak, measles vaccines, measles in Arizona

Catching a case of the measles from a trip to an amusement park, a football game or the grocery store was practically unimaginable when today’s parents were young children. But the recent measles outbreak that began in Disneyland in Calif. is a stark reminder of what can happen when vaccination rates begin to decline, says […]

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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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2014 vaccine schedule — Will you be following it?

Every year, childhood and adolescent immunization schedules are updated to reflect current recommendations for the use of vaccines. What’s new in 2014? There’s an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for pregnant adolescents regarding the Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The 2014 vaccine schedules also include information on pneumococcal vaccines for high-risk […]

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