The One Party Your Child Should Skip This Holiday Season

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One type of party you'll want to steer clear of this holiday season? Chickenpox parties. There's a good chance it happened to you as a kid: Parents encourage healthy kids to play with those who have the highly-contagious varicella virus in the hopes they'll contract chickenpox through good old-fashioned germ exposure. The rationale is that they'll get... Read more

Kristin Cavallari Is Expecting Baby No. 3!

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Just a year after she gave birth to her second son, Jaxon Wyatt, Kristin Cavallari, announced she's expecting baby no. 3. "We're at it again! Thrilled to announce baby number 3 is on the way! The Cutler crew just keeps growin'!" the former star of The Hills announced on her lifestyle app, Kristin Cavallari App, this... Read more

Jimmy Kimmel Reads Mean Tweets from Anti-Vaxxers (VIDEO)

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If we learned one thing this week, it's that Jimmy Kimmel is pro-vaccinations. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, whose 8-month-old daughter just received a booster shot, created a PSA with frustrated doctors. The funny -- but sincere -- bit aired last week. “Remember the time you got Polio? No, you don’t, because your parents got... Read more

Vaccine Delays Usually Allowed by Doctors

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Cringing at the thought of poking and prodding baby with too many needles at one appointment? You both might get some relief; a new survey found that most doctors give in to parents who ask to delay their children's vaccines, although they wouldn't recommend it. The survey, published in the journal Pediatrics, asked 534 primary... Read more

Do You Really Need to Panic About Measles?

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As measles continues to spread, so does the level of concern. And with the latest news of the outbreak at a Chicago daycare, parents are among the most worried. But rest assured: if your child is vaccinated, you've done all you can in terms of prevention. And to quell your fears (and our own!) we talked... Read more

The No.1 Thing to Protect Baby from Whooping Cough

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Baby might not be eligible for the whooping cough vaccine -- DTaP -- until she's two months old, but that doesn't mean you can't protect her from the infection. Whooping cough, technically pertussis, isn't usually dangerous in adults. But over half of babies diagnosed with pertussis need to be hospitalized, and in some cases, it's... Read more

So How Many Parents Get Their Babies Vaccinated?

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You've probably heard about parents choosing not to vaccinate. But exactly how many people are opting for shots? According to the recently-published 2013 National Immunization Survey by the Center for Disease Control, vaccine coverage was at 90 percent last year. Basically, everyone is getting baby vaccinated with the routinely-recommended childhood immunizations: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR),... Read more

​Another Study Confirms That It’s Safe to Vaccinate

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It's been a hot topic for a while, and another study confirms definitively that vaccines are not only safe -- they're necessary. Though a small group of vocal anti-vaccine activists have suggested that immunizations are linked with autism, a collection of over 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers put the kibosh on their protestations. Doctors, therefore,... Read more

Rotavirus Vaccine Prevents Doctor’s Appointments (Millions!)

Since its 2006 debut, the rotavirus vaccine has prevented about 1.5 million health care visits for infants. (Cue victory air horns.) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of children hospitalized for rotavirus-related diarrhea has decreased substantially, with an impressive 94 percent decrease in the 2009-2010 rotavirus season. The study was published... Read more

Moms, It’s Time For Flu Shots

Heads up moms and moms-to-be! It's that time of year again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new flu vaccine that will be used during the 2012-2013 season. Each year the FDA, in conjunction with  the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study influenza virus samples and global... Read more