Egg allergy no longer a contraindication to influenza vaccination

Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Parenting
MedPage Today reported, "Having an egg allergy is no longer a contraindication to influenza vaccination, according to new guidance for the upcoming flu season from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices." Under the new ACIP recommendation, "individuals with a history of allergic reactions to eating egg can receive the vaccine, with certain conditions." (more…)
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CDC: Flu vaccine is out and it’s for almost everyone

Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Parenting
It's time for your influenza vaccine. This week I'll be sharing a number of blogs on the flu vaccine, especially for healthcare professionals, children, and pregnant women. Today we'll start with an overview of this year's recommendations. Although the influenza strains included in the upcoming season's flu vaccine are unchanged from last season, the CDC is still recommending that EVERYONE older than 6 months get vaccinated this year. (more…)
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Shingles and pneumonia vaccines may be given together

General Health, Infectious Disease
In a recent blog, (If you’re 50 or older, get the shingles vaccine) I told you the good news that the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine is now available to those 50 and older. In addition, the pneumonia vaccine (pneumoccal vaccine) is now also indicated for many adults younger than 65 (i.e., smokers and those with diabetes, asthma, COPD, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and a number of high-risk factors). But, can these immunizations be given together? (more…)
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Alternative Medicine and Children – Part 6 – Vaccination and Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Parenting
The anti-vaccination movement has no better friends than in the alternative medicine world. In the Massachusetts study mentioned in my last blog, less than one-third of the homeopaths recommended immunization, and almost 10 percent actively opposed immunization. In England, the most common reason given for not having children immunized is the recommendation parents receive from a homeopath. (more…)
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