Health and Science News for Parents
Jan
28

Mixing and Matching Rotavirus Vaccines Is No Problem

written by Tara Haelle

Two different rotavirus vaccines have been licensed by the FDA: RotaTeq and Rotarix. Both of these came after Rotashield, an earlier vaccine that lasted barely over a year on the market before it was pulled because it led to a bowel obstruction disorder called intussusception in about 1-2 out of 10,000 infants. (RotaTeq and Rotarix […]

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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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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
13

Friday round-up of worthwhile dailyRx articles

written by Tara Haelle

I’ve decided that doing a round-up each Friday is the best way to include the dailyRx articles that I think moms will find most relevant. So, here goes… Good news for moms as we age – sexual satisfaction increases as we age (even if the frequency of having sex does not). An online tool helps […]

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