Health and Science News for Parents
Jun
17

A conversation with Anne Geddes about meningitis, vaccines and her remarkable photo series of meningitis survivors

written by Tara Haelle

Next week, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will decide whether to recommend the MenB vaccine, which protects against the B strain of meningococcal disease. Strains A, C, W and Y are already covered in current vaccines. Over at Forbes today, I wrote about some of the issues – mainly cost and the rarity […]

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Jul
8

When lucky 13 isn’t enough to protect some kids from disease

written by Tara Haelle

The tricky thing about pathogens is that some of them can wear a lot of different costumes. The sexually transmitted virus human papillomavirus (HPV), for example, has more than 100 strains. Fortunately, not all of these cause cancer, so the two HPV vaccines available target the strains that cause the most cancer. But sometimes when […]

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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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Mar
19

Despite HPV vaccine effectiveness and safety, parent concerns persist

written by Tara Haelle

Two different studies related to the HPV vaccine were published recently which, together, are somewhat concerning. One study concerned the vaccine’s effectiveness. The other dealt with how many parents are opting not to give their daughters the vaccine – and the reasons why. Let’s review the more recent one first, published in Pediatrics yesterday, that found […]

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Oct
30

What’s this meningitis outbreak all about?

written by Tara Haelle

Why are so many people getting (and dying) of meningitis? Isn’t there a vaccine for meningitis? Can I get it? Could I get this meningitis? If you’ve paid any attention to science or health news — or even just the general news — lately, you’ve probably heard about the meningitis outbreak that’s been going on. […]

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