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

Children's Health, General Health, Parenting
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 with newborns -- to get a whooping cough booster shot." The Tribune points out that the Chicago Department of Public Health "has used federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to purchase 14,070 doses of Tdap vaccine and distributed them to 13 birthing hospitals to immunize postpartum women before they are discharged." So, if you or your adolescent child have NOT had your diptheria, whooping cough (pertussis), and tetanus immunization (dTap), even if you have had a diptheria and tetanus immunization (dT) anytime in the last ten years,…
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Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits California: Six Babies Die

Children's Health, Parenting
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, that can occur among unvaccinated children. Now, we're learning that children are beginning to die in California's whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic. Unfortunately, there may be more in future days. My recommendation? (1) Be sure your children are up to date on all of their vaccines. If you're concerned about the vaccine "scare stories" or "myths," take a look at my blog series on "vaccine myths." (2) Be sure that all adolescents and adults in your family get the Dtap (diptheria, tetanus, and acellular [purified] pertussis [whooping cough]) vaccine (even if…
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Doctors and Families Asked to “Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!”

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
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 Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the vaccine be added to the immunization schedule for children, despite the fact that moral alternatives have been used in the US for years. My Take? (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #13: Vaccinations are made from aborted babies

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
This is the end of my 13-week series on Vaccine Myths. I hope the series has been helpful to you. Today, I'd like to address the fact that some people have questioned whether the use of fetal cells in the production of vaccines is moral and ethical. This question is timely due to a news story just out: Doctors and Families Asked to "Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!" (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #7: Vaccines Weaken the Immune System

Children's Health, Parenting
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 infected with chicken pox are susceptible to certain bacterial infections (MRSA or flesh-eating bacteria, for example). Children infected with measles are more susceptible to bacterial infections (resulting in sepsis) of the bloodstream. But vaccines are different. (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #4: Vaccines Are Unsafe

Children's Health, Parenting
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 than twenty different vaccines to protect them from at least eleven different preventable diseases by the time they are six years old, and that some of these vaccines have existed for more than fifty years, I think you’ll agree that the record of vaccine safety in this country is remarkable. (more…)
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