Flu shots have been recommmended during pregnancy because pregnant women are at greater risk of getting really sick with the flu. That’s what happens when you are living as an immune compromised pregnant person! (Don’t worry, it’s the body’s way of accepting your little growing baby inside you that contains foreign DNA —so it’s not […]
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One of our readers suggested we provide additional information regarding the new ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) guidelines on giving Tdap (whooping cough booster shots) to adults ages 65 and up. While ACIP made these recommendations, the Centers for Disease Control will be confirming this updated recommendation in February 2011. What does that mean […]
Grandparents need whooping cough booster shots too.
What is croup, what does croup sound like, and what to do for it?
Do all ear infections need to be treated with antibiotics?
How can I keep my kids healthy this winter? Can my child get the flu nasal spray instead of a shot? Will the flu vaccine cover for H1N1? Can I get the flu vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? If you have any of these burning questions (or others), here is your chance to […]
Strep Throat: See the little red dots on the roof of the mouth? That’s a classic sign of it! Mom, my throat hurts…heard this one recently? It’s that time again for my “Bug O’ the Week” blog. My “busy season” in the office is October to April. So, I’ll be giving you the periodic run-down […]
Medical offices and pharmacies usually receive their flu vaccine shipments in October. This year, we got a pleasant surprise: early shipments of flu vaccine are here and ready to go. My office already has plenty of the nasal spray version (Flumist)—we are still waiting on the flu shots. So, here are 10 things you need […]
Just an update for my own patients who have asked when we will receive our first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine. We have been approved to get 500 doses of the live-attenuated vaccine nasal spray in the first shipment. We have no idea when it will come in, but it will most likely be within […]
AVAILABILITY Q. Does your office have swine flu vaccine yet? No. Medical providers have not received their shipment of swine flu vaccine yet. We anticipate getting the first shipment in mid-October. The U.S. plans to have 195 million doses of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine, but it will be distributed in several batches on a weekly […]