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Health officials urging adolescents, adults to get whooping cough booster shot

The Chicago Tribune reports that “whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection marked by violent coughing, has made a comeback in Chicago and in other parts of the country. Health officials are urging adolescents and adults — especially those who interact … Continue reading

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Timely Reminder: Adults urged to get vaccinated against flu and pertussis

USA Today serves up a timely reminder for us adults:  “Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone over six months old, only a third of Americans in this age group received one in 2009,” … Continue reading

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Seniors should get whooping cough vaccine

An across the street neighbor was complaining the other day that her daughter and son-in-law in southern California were not going to let them visit their new grandbaby until they both had their influenza and pertussis vaccines. My comment, “Good … Continue reading

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Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California: Six Babies Die

In several of my past blogs, including two earlier this week (Low immunization rates linked to epidemic spread of whooping cough and Parents who refuse vaccines put other people’s children in harm’s way), I’ve warned of the potential dangers, including death, … Continue reading

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Low immunization rates linked to epidemic spread of whooping cough

Barb, my wife, reported to me that friends who are expecting a baby very soon, have informed those who may be visiting or caring for the baby, including grandparents, be immunized against whooping cough (pertussis). Barb asked me, “Is that … Continue reading

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Using acetaminophen (Tylenol) following vaccination may reduce efficacy

When children and adults in my practice receive a vaccine, I recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce discomfort, inflammation, or low-grade fever. Now comes a study that will change my practice.

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Don’t forget vaccine against rare but deadly meningitis

Fever, chills, vomiting . . . it may starts like a stomach bug or the flu. But bacterial meningitis can go on to kill amazingly fast. It is one of the few infections where someone can feel fine at bedtime … Continue reading

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Researchers say non-vaccinated children face dramatically increased whooping cough risk

A new study reports, “Children who aren’t vaccinated against whooping cough are 23 times more likely to develop the disease than children who get all of their shots on time.” The study, “of 751 children enrolled in Kaiser Permanente of … Continue reading

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More on the Risks of Not Vaccinating Your Children

A past blog, that has been very popular, was on the topic of the Risks of Not Vaccinating Your Children (Friday, 6 February 2009). In response to that blog, Kelly wrote, “Hello, I was just wondering if you could answer a … Continue reading

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Doctors and Families Asked to “Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!”

LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that a pro-life group, Children of God for Life, is calling on the Medical Profession to “just say no” to the newly US licensed aborted fetal vaccine, Pentacel, made by Sanofi Pasteur. On June 26th the Advisory … Continue reading

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New Children’s Vaccine Means Fewer Shots

WebMD is reporting the FDA approval of a new five-in-one vaccine. This is great news as it will mean fewer shots are needed to protect babies and toddlers from potentially dangerous or fatal infections. The vaccine is named Pentacel and … Continue reading

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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – June 6, 2008

Here are my takes on some of today’s health headlines, including one that is, in my opinion, being blown way out of perspective: Mercury teeth fillings may harm some: FDA Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health … Continue reading

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Vaccine Myth #7: Vaccines Weaken the Immune System

Natural infection with certain viruses can weaken the immune system. So when children are infected with one virus, they can’t fight off other viruses or bacteria as easily. This happens most notably during natural infection with chicken pox or measles. Children … Continue reading

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Vaccine Myth #6: It’s Better to Be Naturally Infected Than Immunized

It is true that natural infection almost always causes better immunity than vaccination. In fact, only the Hib and tetanus vaccines are better at inducing immunity than natural infection. Natural infection causes immunity after just one infection, but vaccines usually … Continue reading

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Vaccine Myth #5: Infants Are Too Young to Get Vaccinated

The Myth – Infants are too young to get vaccinated. The Truth – It’s very important to make sure that infants are fully immunized against certain diseases by the age of six months.

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Vaccine Myth #4: Vaccines Are Unsafe

Despite what is often falsely reported in the media and at many scaremongering web sites, all recommended vaccines are extraordinarily safe. When you consider that the 3.5 to 4 million children born every year in the United States receive more … Continue reading

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Vaccine Myth #3: Vaccines Aren’t Necessary

A huge story is breaking today, about what the Washington Post is calling “the largest resurgence” of measles since 2001. This story should, by itself, put this myth to rest. And, the story is unfolding in 10 states, with at … Continue reading

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