“Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”
Make sure your school-aged children are ready for a healthy school year before and while they attend. | NIH Medlineplus the Magazine
Source: Back-to-School Health Tips: Immunizations | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine
State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that’s worried about autism.
Source: Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota’s Measles Outbreak
Additional Reading: The Verge, CNN
Parents decline to vaccinate kids against the flu because they don’t think they need it. Influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine preventable disease.
Source: Why Parents Don’t Get Their Children Vaccinated For The Flu
A few good reminders for keeping your self and your children healthy during this cold and flu season.
Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School – CDC
We are constantly trying to inform patients and educate them about fact vs. fear. Here is a good video to help you understand the role vaccines play in our lives. vaccines, separating fact from fear
The damage of the anti-vaccination movement – latimes.com.
Here you have it. The La times has an article. I found the comments at the end of the article enlightning as well. The anti vaccine comment declared a lack of information the article and quoted that DPT has thimerasol. But, in fact it does not anymore. MMR never did since it is a live vaccine. Look at the rest of this post for interesting other information…
We have checked our records, and we are not (thank goodness) in need of any recall activity. None of our vaccines for the flu were included on the recall. The recall is only due to a decrease in expected potency, not at all with any safety issues.
Since our seasonal flu vaccine availablity is erratic due to shipping, manufacturing, and government decisions (which are all outside our control,) we have posted a list of clinics with flu availability. We will still keep you posted about our office supply as we are updated.Flu clinics as of oct 2009 click here.
The Center for Disease Control has released the list (here) of who should get the swine flu vaccine if it is available this year. In addition, these same people should get the regular flu shot as well. If you want to be notified when the vaccine is available, sign up for our developmental newsletter at www.kiddoc.com/news.php . Even if your child is older than 3 and you don’t get the weekly updates, you will be entered in our communication database.