vaccinations

Why We Broke Up With Our Baby’s Pediatrician (and Why I’m So Glad We Did)

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Months before my firstborn was due, I researched and spoke to local moms about which pediatric practice they chose and why. I also scheduled three separate meet and greets at the physicians’ offices we were considering. I asked questions such as: How many doctors are part of this practice? Do you offer same-day sick appointments?... read more

New Study on Baby Vaccinations May Ease Parents’ Concerns About Autism

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New research concludes that receiving multiple vaccinations does not increase an infants risk of developing autism. Though, research (including an analysis made by the Institute of Medicine) has not found a causal relationship between vaccinations and the developmental disorder, one in every 10 parents still choose to delay or outright refuses to vaccinate their children... read more

Happy 75th Birthday, March of Dimes!

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75 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes in order to "lead, direct and unify" the fight against polio. Since its creation in 1938, the organization has funded more than 31 lifesaving vaccines for children. In 1955, they funded the Salk vaccine and the Sabin vaccine in 1962,... read more

A Flu Shot During Pregnancy Prevents More Than Just the Flu

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Getting the flu shot while you’re pregnant won’t just protect you against the flu, it will also reduce some other pregnancy risks. In a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada looked at Ontario’s birth record database during the H1N1 pandemic... read more

Wow! Measles Cases Were at a 15-Year High in 2011

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Cases of measles are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 222 reported measles cases in 2011, which is three times the usual number of cases (from 2001 to 2010, there was an average of 60 reported cases a year). Measles is a highly contagious disease that... read more