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Measles 1991: My Philadelphia Flashback

In 1991, Philadelphia experienced a measles outbreak. I was in medical school in the city, and I remember how difficult it was to control. Children—some of whom had never been immunized—died. Babies received measles vaccines at 6 months of age … Continue reading

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Baby Measles

This article from SFGate about a 4 month old from SoCal who caught measles at Disneyland has good pictures of the rash. Scroll through to image #4 here. This baby was up to date on all his vaccines: he measles … Continue reading

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How Do I Protect my Baby and Child from Measles?

Babies have some protective antibodies that cross the placenta from their mother if she was immunized or had measles. These antibodies wear off over time and can’t always be depended upon. A person with measles can be contagious 4 days … Continue reading

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Vaccine Information Statements

Vaccine Information Statements provide information on the immunizations given to babies, children, teens and young adults. Each shot has its own Vaccine Information Statement or VIS. The VIS explains: why get vaccinated information about the specific vaccine who shouldn’t get vaccinated with … Continue reading

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Why Doesn’t Cough Medicine Work?

This video explains why cough medicines don’t work. The whole 6 minutes is worth a look, but you can skip to the 2:00 mark on the video to see an animation of mucociliary clearance. Cilia are the tiny hair-like projections that line … Continue reading

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School Physicals

  Schools require a medical physical before a child enters. See what’s this check up involves here. For more back to school health health tips, read the Consumer’s Report article here. Some insurance companies allow one physical examination every 365 … Continue reading

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Measles

When I hear the word measles I think: cough, coryza and conjunctivitis. That’s the way I learned it in medical school. Infected children have a cough, runny nose (coryza) and red eyes (conjunctivitis). They also have distinctive white areas inside the cheeks … Continue reading

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Improving Immunization Rates

  The practice participated in the PROTECT performance improvement modules (PIM) for both childhood and adolescent immunizations, and we are pleased to announce our results.   Our goal for the childhood immunizations was to improve the number of children receiving … Continue reading

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Chicken Pox Party?

Chicken Pox Parties are old school. Back before the immunization against chicken pox (varicella) became available in the United States in 1995, parents used to ask about exposing children who’d never had chicken pox to other infected children. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Vaccine Policy

Parents looking for a pediatrician often ask about our office’s vaccination policy. As a pediatrician, to answer this, I need to know the questions and concerns parents have about immunizing their child against vaccine-preventable diseases. This discussion often leads to a … Continue reading

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