The No.1 Thing to Protect Baby from Whooping Cough

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Baby might not be eligible for the whooping cough vaccine -- Tdap -- 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?

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

CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Get the Whooping Cough Vaccine

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Did you know there's a whooping cough epidemic going on? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement today saying the state of Washington has had 2,520 cases of whooping cough (aka pertussis) this year. That's a 1,300% increase over the same time period last year. Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that,... 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

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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

How to Soothe Baby After a Vaccination: Use the Five S’s

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Most of us have been there: The wailing doctor's office scene. You're mortified that baby's crying and you're also heartbroken. Here's your poor little, sensitive baby and you just gave someone permission to stick her with a bunch of painful needles. How do you make her feel better asap? According to a new study... read more