flu shot

As ACSH's Ana Dolaskie approaches the final weeks of pregnancy, she is making sure all her vaccinations are up-to-date. This includes the TDAP vaccine (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) and influenza shot. And she also wants to makes sure dads, partners, and others who are spending time with baby understand why getting vaccinated is key in protecting a newborn baby against potentially life-threatening illnesses, like pertussis (whooping cough).


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...

Flu Season Ahead

Flu Vaccine Updates for 2016-2017  

October marks the beginning of flu season, which means it is time to get a flu shot. The flu season spans the months of October to May, so the ideal time to get vaccinated is before the end of October.  In the United States alone, influenza-related deaths have been estimated to be 3,349 - 48,614 annually, depending on the year.  The influenza vaccine is our best defense against this potentially deadly virus.

Because the flu virus frequently undergoes mutations, a new vaccine must be formulated each year.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses prevalence data from preceding months to determine which strains of influenza...

Shutterstock Shutterstock

Are you hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this Sunday? If so, good luck; you could get the flu. What's worse, if you're 65 and older and watching from the cities whose teams made it to the 50th Big Game (yes, we're talking about you Denver and Charlotte), you might want to watch the game alone; the party could be deadly. Literally.

According to recent findings, cities with teams playing in the Super Bowl see a significant rise in flu...

influenza virus via shutterstock.com
influenza virus via shutterstock.com

Since making its debut during World War II, the influenza vaccine has become one of the most heavily criticized immunizations by both anti-vaxers and science advocates. The seasonal nature of the shot, as well as misinformation about its perceived toxins, have damaged the vaccine...

reminder for flu shot via shutterstock
reminder for flu shot via shutterstock

It's already mid-November, so if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, you're behind schedule; public health advocates recommend you get it by Halloween. However, it is not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones against the influenza virus.

For most healthy people,...

Flu in a hospitalized childIn a statement released this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated that it should be mandatory for all healthcare workers to receive flu vaccine. Its statement appeared in the September 7 issue of Pediatrics. One of the lead authors, Dr. Henry H. Bernstein, explained the position: "Employees of health care institutions have an ethical and professional obligation to act in the best interest of their patients' health. For the prevention and control of influenza, we must continue to put the health and safety of the...

10985334_930376410330404_500281878817275873_oWe have taken Vani Hari The Food Babe to task multiple times for her charade posing as a credible science-based resource on nutrition, acting in the best interests of her followers, when she really is a metaphor for anti-science hype and fear, according to columnist James S. Fell. He contemplates the question: which has more of a...

The latest in health news: Consumers want GMO labels, but few know the facts, flu season is the worst one yet and failed flu shot to blame, & a class of drugs called anticholinergics have been linked to dementia later in life.

The latest in health news: anti-vaxxers stand by their beliefs while measles breaks in Disney and a new study confirms their safety, antiviral drugs may be the alternative to the failed flu shots but not all experts agree, and in the court of public opinion, fear-mongers win the debate over gmo and pesticide safety.