New Flu Shot Guidelines Are Out For Children

Children's Health, Parenting
According to a report in HealthDay News, all children and adolescents 6 months of age and older should receive the annual trivalent influenza vaccine this flu season. The updated recommendations are from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP also says special efforts should be made to immunize anyone who falls into the following categories: all family members, household contacts, and out-of-home care providers of children younger than 5 years of age; children with high-risk conditions such as asthma, diabetes and neurological disorders; health care workers; and pregnant women. These groups are most vulnerable to flu-related complications, the academy pointed out in a news release. Two influenza vaccines were recommended last year but only one trivalent vaccine is being made for the 2010-11 seasonal influenza vaccine schedule. In this year's…
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The Top 10 Health Scares Of The Decade

General Health, Health Headlines
With disagreement over baby bottle chemical (bisphenol A), what’s a parent to do? While the past decade has seen great strides in medical technology, it hasn't seen solutions to all of our health problems. There were novel viruses that threatened to kill us all. There were toxins in our children's toys, and we were told to worry about the junk they were eating. Some of these threats turned out to be almost nonexistent. Others were arguably overblown. Some caused widespread harm. So what new threats have been robbing you of sleep since the annual odometer rolled over from 1999 to 2000? Here's a list from ABC News of the top ten new threats of the last ten years. 1) Swine Flu (H1N1) Since it came to public attention in the United States…
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Deaths from H1N1 vaccine = ZERO. Deaths from H1N1 illness approaching 7000.

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
As of 15 November 2009, the World Health Association (WHO) is reporting that worldwide more than 206 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 6770 deaths. So, the outlandish predictions that the Swine flu vaccine would cause illness and deaths appear to be false. According to a Reuters report, The WHO is saying that the pandemic vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine used for more than 60 years. "No new safety issue has been identified from reports issued to date ... Reporting so far reconfirms that the pandemic flu vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine," Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO's top vaccine expert, told a telephone conference. Governments have so far reported that 65 million vaccine doses have…
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FDA urges consumers to avoid buying H1N1 treatments online

General Health, Medical Economics
CNN is reporting that the FDA is warning Americans to "avoid buying treatments for the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, online." FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said, "Products that are offered for sale online with claims to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus must be carefully evaluated." I would say, "They must be avoided." (more…)
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Reason Two to Get the Swine Flu Vaccine – It Will Prevent Death

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
The good news about the Swine flu (2009 H1N1) epidemic is that, so far, it's been very mild. Most of the patients I'm seeing in the office with Swine flu are no sicker than they would be with the seasonal flu. However, the bad news is that the sickest Swine flu patients require heroic measures and many are dying. This is another strong reason to be sure that you and those you love receive the Swine flu vaccine. (more…)
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Surgical masks may be as good as respirators for protecting against the flu

General Health
In an earlier blog, I told you about studies indicating that the only facial apparatus that is likely to protect you from the flu virus is what they call a “respirator.” This refers to an N95 or higher filtering facepiece respirator certified by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Now a new study says that simple, and far less expensive, surgical masks may be as effective. (more…)
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Are you sick and worried you have the H1N1 (Swine) Flu? This blog may save you a doctor’s visit.

General Health
During flu season this year, you might have to wait a long time in a crowded waiting room before you can see your doctor or be seen in an Emergency Room. Some people with the flu need to be seen right away. Other people can often take care of themselves at home just fine. This information may help you better understand the flu and what people like you should do. (more…)
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Is the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Safe? An Update

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
I'm getting tons of emails and questions at the practice about the safety of the Swine flu vaccine (the Swine flu is now officially called the "2009 H1N1 influenza). Will it be safe? Will it cause cancer? Will it contain preservatives or adjuvants? One friend wrote: Are you taking it? Are you recommending it to your family. Here are my answers and the latest update: (more…)
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