childhood vaccines

Babies and young children with middle ear infections (acute otitis media or AOM) can be the bane of parents’ existence, leading to sleepless nights and frustration when a child is suffering.  Antibiotics are typically used to treat the condition and are effective as long as the causative agent is sensitive to a particular drug or combination of them.

Dr. Ravinder Kaur and colleagues from the Rochester General Hospital Research Institute in Rochester, NY, studied the epidemiology of AOM — in particular how the prevalence of  responsible bacteria had altered since the introduction of vaccines against Streptococcus pneumonia (Sp) in 2010: one was a 7-valent vaccine, and the other was a 13-valent vaccine. Their...

Every year, the recommended childhood and adolescent vaccine schedules are reviewed, adjusted and approved by the following governing bodies:  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),  and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The 2017 revisions are now published for those 0 to 18 years of age with some of the recent changes listed here—see “notes” section for accessing complete information:

Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

This vaccine protects against certain strains of the...

If the photo attached to this article does not make you smile, then I question whether you have a soul.  The act alone contributes to such known positive health benefits.  So, take a little look inside and find your joy - whether it is with animals or an activity.  Your world and the one around you will be enhanced.

We always hear that pediatric and veterinary medicine are similar, but is this true?  I often thought there were commonalities, but after becoming a pet parent and experiencing the other side I am certain.  Let’s journey through the lessons I have learned.

I always wanted an English Bulldog.  They made me laugh.  I crossed the street and was perpetually diverted whenever I encountered one.  But, the refrain was always ‘you are in medical school you won’t have...

The American Academy of Pediatrics convened a committee to guide clinicians on “Countering Vaccine Hesitancy” among parents. This policy statement, published in the journal Pediatrics, rightly champions vaccination as "one of the greatest public health achievements of the last century."  In a calculated effort not to reduce the conversation to a pro- versus anti-vaccine one, the leading pediatric advocacy body correctly opted to emphasize “vaccine hesitant” as a more precise reflection of the spectrum of parental views toward immunization.  According to a survey they conducted, 75% of pediatricians reported encountering parents who refused vaccines in 2006 compared to 87...

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On the list of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, immunizations easily take the cake. As we have written before, since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, gastroenteritis, or “stomach flu” is now considered a thing of the past. Yet still somehow there exist fruit...

153988137What happens when you have the healthiest childhood imaginable, as a child of a health nut, consuming no MSG, living an outdoor lifestyle, drinking plenty of water and eating organic food, but don t receive routine childhood vaccinations? The answer, according to teacher Amy Parker, is that you re sick all the time. Despite all of these healthy behaviors, Parker was not vaccinated and as a result contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis,...

148559465In a disturbingly coincidental juxtaposition in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics, an article on the benefits of childhood vaccines among the 2009 birth cohort showed that routine immunizations will prevent approximately 42 000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease while another article highlights the difficulties of getting all those kids vaccinated.

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An article in today s Wall Street Journal notes the trend in several recalcitrant states towards making evasion of vaccination somewhat more difficult for fearful, superstitious parents. The states highlighted are Oregon and Colorado. In the latter state, only 85.7 percent of the kindergarteners were protected against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), while in OR, fully 6.4 percent of the kids were exempted...