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Sep
24

A Q&A with me about vaccines, health communication & immunization legislation

written by Tara Haelle

As you’ve probably noticed by the recent erratic posting on this blog, I’ve been crazy busy. Some has been good — lots of new assignments and new opportunities — and some has been challenging — family health issues — but it’s all made it difficult to blog as regularly as I want to, and I […]

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Sep
4

Handy chart for well-child visits and vaccinations

written by Tara Haelle

During National Immunization Month in August, various public health organizations created a wealth of resources for parents that relate to vaccines. One of those is elegantly simple and shared here. The Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences created a handy graphic that outlines all the ages when children get their well-child visits and what […]

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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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Aug
8

Yay for breastfeeding and immunizations!

written by Tara Haelle

It can be exhausting to keep up with all the different world and national awareness weeks and months, but it isn’t hard for me to choose my favorite “awareness” time of the year – it’s August! The whole month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the first week is World Breastfeeding Week. Boobs and […]

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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
9

The power of herd immunity seen with the rotavirus vaccine

written by Tara Haelle

One of the coolest things about vaccines is that they work on two levels: at the individual level and at the population level. That means that even a vaccine that has a lower effectiveness, say 80%, can still protect more than 80% of the population when enough individuals have received it. This occurs, of course, […]

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May
19

Rotavirus vaccine shedding poses little risk

written by Tara Haelle

One of the concerns that comes up most often with live-virus vaccines is the risk of “shedding.” Since live vaccines use an attenuated, or weakened, form of the vaccine, there is a very, very tiny risk that a person recently vaccinated with such a vaccine may “shed” some of the virus to those around them, […]

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Apr
25

Twice the population of New Orleans — or lives saved by the Vaccines for Children program

written by Tara Haelle

For all the talk about the growing numbers of parents who don’t vaccinate their children in the US, we have still managed to keep our immunization rates above 90% for the majority of vaccines recommended by the CDC during the past two decades. But what many don’t realize is that those numbers wouldn’t be possible […]

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Apr
24

Today is World Meningitis Day

written by Tara Haelle

Today is World Meningitis Day, and I received an email with a link to a video I’d like to share. The email was from a man named Greg whom I had interviewed for my Master’s report while in graduate school a few years ago. I drove from Austin to Houston so I could meet with […]

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Feb
5

2014 CDC immunization schedule released

written by Tara Haelle

The latest changes to the CDC’s recommended schedule of childhood vaccinations were released on Monday. Although changes are sometimes made to the schedule mid-year, most adjustments to the schedule occur when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) revisits it in fall of each year. The newest schedule for 2014, available in various forms on […]

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