Health and Science News for Parents
Jan
11

How the U.S. Vaccine Schedule Compares to Other Countries’ Schedules

written by Tara Haelle

A common question I’m asked and that I see in forums discussing vaccines relates to how the U.S. recommended childhood immunization schedule compares to other nations, particularly those with similar economics and populations to those of the U.S. Now a new interactive tool at BMJ can help you explore exactly that question. The multimedia graphic “Calling […]

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Jan
5

Investigating side effects from the MMR and MMR plus varicella vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

Of all the childhood vaccines on the CDC’s recommended schedule, the MMR is one of the oldest, the most effective… and the most feared. That is, I hear more parents express concerns about the MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, than any other childhood vaccine, and it’s the vaccine once maligned by debunked […]

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Jul
1

New systematic review assesses ALL the serious risks of US childhood vaccines

written by Tara Haelle

When parents have questions or concerns about vaccines, they are often seeking certainty, even if they do not consciously recognize that is what they want. They want a guarantee that the vaccines they give their children are completely safe and effective, a completely understandable desire – but one which science can never deliver. Neither can […]

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Jun
19

Why the Chickenpox Vaccine? No shift in infections after varicella vaccine introduction

written by Tara Haelle

This post is part of a new, occasional series exploring why individuals should consider a specific vaccine on the CDC schedule that they might have reservations about. One of the newest vaccines on the CDC schedule is the varicella vaccine, which protects against chickenpox. Introduced to the schedule in 1995, the chickenpox vaccine is one […]

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Oct
14

Delaying measles vaccine may mean higher fever risk

written by Tara Haelle

Delaying certain vaccines is one of the more common trends among parents who are uneasy about vaccinations but still recognize their value and effectiveness. If they hold off until their child is older, the parents reason, then perhaps the possible side effects will be less likely, or perhaps the child’s immune system will be “stronger” […]

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Apr
13

Round Up: Video games, IVF, secondhand smoke, chickenpox, measles and more

written by Tara Haelle

Here’s a brief round-up of a couple interesting stories from last week. Video and computer games can offer kids some good – especially if they’re used to teach healthy behaviors, as this analysis of multiple studies reveals. We already knew that secondhand smoke was bad for everyone, and especially kids. But there’s limited evidence that it […]

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Apr
1

Chickenpox vaccine proves effective over time

written by Tara Haelle

Among the newer vaccines added to the CDC immunization schedule in the past few decades is the chickenpox vaccine, licensed in 1995 and recommended in 1996. It’s also one of those vaccines that some parents today sometimes consider skipping, a handful even opting for the extreme (and dangerous) choice of taking their child to a […]

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