Tetanus vaccine

It was the first day of class and my college professor was late. We waited, antsy and then frustrated for 10 minutes…15 minutes…20 minutes. Most of us started to pack up our back packs and head to the door. Finally, a man walked in the room and made an announcement. My college professor was dead.  […]


You’ve probably seen the news about measles in the US. The CDC is reporting over 100 cases this year and they are raising concerns about its spread. But have you been watching what is going on in Europe? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they’ve hit a record high with more than 41,000 people […]

Universal flu shot

You Heard it Here! Scientists are working on combining ancestral genes from four major flu strains to develop the holy grail…a universal flu shot. One that would be given once and confer lifetime protection. I was excited by the development of a nasal flu vaccine..and then disappointed when it failed to be effective for TWO years […]

Flu-vaccine Myth Buster

The good news is that there was only a smattering of influenza (flu) cases across the United States over the summer. The great news is that according to the Centers for Disease Control, most of the detected strains are covered in this year’s vaccine. If you’re still hesitant to vaccinate your family, let’s talk frankly […]

The flu vaccine saves lives

  We always knew it, but now a study done by the CDC in the journal Pediatrics, proves it.  US children who died of influenza were less likely to have received the vaccination. They looked at four years of pediatric deaths related to the flu. In children that died- 75% did not receive the vaccine.  […]

What? The flu vaccine again?

Here are some updates on this year’s flu vaccine and why it should be on your child’s back to school to do list… -This year’s flu vaccine is slightly different from last year’s– it’s been changed to cover a different strain of circulating H1N1 influenza. Several flu vaccines have been FDA approved for this year’s […]

MMR does not cause autism

Can we put an end to this thinking? Finally? The journal Science Translational Medicine published a report studying patterns of brain activity in babies that were 6 months old. They were able to predict with 97 % accuracy which babies were ultimately diagnosed with autism.  Just a reminder, the MMR vaccine is not administered until […]