Archive for the ‘Infectious diseases’ Category

Flu vaccine during pregnancy provides dual protection

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 […]


Update on whooping cough booster for adults 65 and up

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 […]


Sore throat 411

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 […]


Flu vaccine…it's that time again.

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 […]


H1N1 vaccine update

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 […]


Swine flu vaccine: What you need to know

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 […]