Health and Science News for Parents
Nov
24

It’s That Time Again: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Flu Vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

This post is co-published with NPR’s health blog Shots. Check out the story for updated information about this year’s flu shot from a CDC medical officer. Once again, flu season is upon us — and so are all the misconceptions, excuses and worries that have kept so many people away from getting their flu vaccines. Plenty […]

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Oct
10

It’s Baaaaack! 33 Flu Vaccine Myths You Don’t Need to Fear

written by Tara Haelle

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming! And with the coughing, fevers and aches come all the alarmist articles and blog posts on unreliable, misinformative websites questioning the flu vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. There are already some good posts out there that address some of these misconceptions about the vaccine so many love to hate (including […]

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Sep
30

It’s flu shot season! And there are more options than ever before

written by Tara Haelle

It’s that time of the year again! I will be working on updating my massive post on myths about the flu vaccine over the next week, but in the meantime, I’ve gone and gotten my own flu vaccine. This year, I got the FluMist, the nasal vaccine, at Walgreens, which is running a pretty awesome […]

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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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Feb
21

Flu is really bad this year – and the vaccine’s been pretty good

written by Tara Haelle

You’ve probably already been hearing what a bad season it is for the flu. The news is awash with tragic stories of otherwise healthy children and even adults without underlying conditions succumbing to this year’s influenza. Because I am pregnant, the ones that hit me the hardest are the stories of pregnant women – especially […]

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Oct
28

Setting the record straight: Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths

written by Tara Haelle

It’s that time again — that time when dozens of spurious articles pop up all over the web touting all the dangers of the flu vaccine. Articles on unreliable, alarmist, misinformative sites like Natural News, Mercola, chiropractic blogs and other such sites rail against the “toxins” in the vaccine, or claim the flu vaccine doesn’t […]

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Oct
22

I’m pregnant! (But there were too many hoops for my flu shot!)

written by Tara Haelle

I have some exciting news to share that also happens to be directly relevant to an evidence-based parenting topic: flu shots. First, let me warn you that this the first of several flu shot posts I’ll be writing in the week or two. I’m starting out easy by writing about my own recent experience first. […]

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May
10

Weekly Round-Up: ADHD, team sports, summertime dangers, nutrition, parenting styles and more

written by Tara Haelle

All right, folks, this will be a whirlwind of links, but if you missed any health or science news this week related to parenting, I’ve hopefully included it below. First there’s been a bunch of news about ADHD, and none of it really that good. First, it’s hard to tell which is worse: that we […]

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Jan
16

FDA approves a new flu vaccine – with no eggs or virus

written by Tara Haelle

A quickie with more great news related to the flu vaccine – the FDA just approved a new flu shot without eggs or the virus itself in the vaccine. The new vaccine is called Flublok (which made me giggle when I first read it as Flub-lok instead of Flu-block), and it’s a “trivalent” vaccine. Trivalent […]

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Jan
16

Flu shots! Flu shots! Get your flu shots! (Especially if you’re pregnant!)

written by Tara Haelle

In case you missed the news last week, the CDC has officially declared this year’s flu season a pandemic. Forty-seven states report widespread flu, the vast majority of which is Influenza A (80% of cases during the first week of January). Twenty percent of the cases are Influenza B, and very few of the 2009 […]

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