Health and Science News for Parents
Feb
1

8 Reasons You Are Wrong About Not Vaccinating Your Daughter

written by Guest Author

When Kathy McGrath came across an article listing 8 reasons the author had not vaccinated his daughter, it reminded her of her own search to find good information about vaccines when her daughter was born. Now, years later, she fully understands how and why vaccines are safe, effective ways to protect children from many diseases. […]

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Jan
17

Wow – what a map! Disease outbreaks across the world…

written by Tara Haelle

I’m going to try to return to doing a post every Friday in which I either round up a few of the best health/medical/parenting-related stories of the past week or in which I post something about a particular piece that really caught my eye. This week I’m posting about an incredible interactive map that allows […]

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Jan
14

The results are in on rotavirus vaccination and intussusception risk

written by Tara Haelle

As I’ve noted various times on this blog, all vaccines have both benefits and risks. Much of the research focused on vaccines is aimed at ensuring that the former significantly outweigh the latter in routinely recommended immunizations. Then, additional studies, conducted after vaccines are licensed and recommended, continue looking for possible risks that might show […]

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Jan
8

The real story on the flu vaccine during pregnancy

written by Tara Haelle

A recent study about the flu vaccine during pregnancy has added to the continuously growing pile of evidence showing the vaccine’s safety and importance for pregnant women and their unborn babies. And yet, the fear, confusion and misinformation about pregnancy and the flu shot maddeningly persists. I’ve written about getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy […]

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Dec
21

The “One Study,” or why the anti-vaccine movement doesn’t really understand science

written by Guest Author

This guest post was written by Allison Hagood, who originally published a version of it on the Facebook page for Your Baby’s Best Shot, a science-based book on childhood immunizations she co-authored with Stacy Minzter Herlihy. This post is the first in a Red Wine & Apple Sauce series called “Epidemiology 101.” While it does […]

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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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Jul
1

When reporting with “false balance” strikes in my home state, I take it personally

written by Tara Haelle

Journalism is not rocket science. But it’s also not serving fries at McDonald’s. Being a journalist — particularly a credible one — means taking on a significant responsibility. In an age where anyone can take to the Internet and spout their thoughts — right or wrong, credible or BS, intelligible or nonsensical — journalists must […]

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Jun
11

“A Thimble of Water in the Ocean…”

written by Tara Haelle

For something a little different, I’m posting a video. Created by a team led by Jack Collins at Academic Earth, the video explores a common question of parents when it comes to vaccinations: whether the CDC recommended immunization schedule contains “too many” vaccines “too soon” in a baby’s life, potentially “overwhelming” the child’s immune system. […]

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Jun
8

News Round-Up for the First Week of June

written by Tara Haelle

Boy, even when you’re not officially on an academic year, the summertime means schedules go all out of whack! I’ve fallen behind again, but will be adding some new posts soon. First, another quick round-up of news you may have missed or want to revisit for the first week in June. A couple of studies […]

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Jun
3

An important study from New York leads to my own “vaccine story” about my son

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a little different. After I describe a recent study in Pediatrics, I’m going to tell another personal story — what happened when I vaccinated my son. Stories from parents about what happened when their children received their vaccines populate all corners of the internet, and I felt it was important to add […]

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