Pneumococcal vaccine reduces serious superbug infections
Pneumococcal vaccine reduces serious superbug infections

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  • The pneumococcal vaccine is linked with a 62 percent decrease in antibiotic-resistant cases of pneumococcal infections.
  • This vaccine is an important step in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
  • The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for children under five years old, adults 65 or older, or people with health conditions that put them at a higher risk.
From Parents: Why We Choose to Vaccinate
From Parents: Why We Choose to Vaccinate

Article at a Glance Outbreaks of diseases like pertussis and measles have health officials concerned about parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children. Areas where vaccination rates are low at the highest risk. A few parents share about why they decided to vaccinate their children. Potentially deadly diseases like pertussis and measles were … Continue reading “From Parents: Why We Choose to Vaccinate”

Kindergartners and 7th Graders Must be Up to Date on Vaccines

In Utah, kindergarteners and 7th graders have to be up to date on their immunizations before they can start school. If your child is not up to date, avoid the rush by scheduling an appointment now. To attend kindergarten, a student must have written proof of receiving the following immunizations: 5 DTaP/DT 4 Polio (3 … Continue reading “Kindergartners and 7th Graders Must be Up to Date on Vaccines”

PFCs Found in Common Products May Harm Our Immune Systems

Article at a Glance • A recent study shows that high levels of PFCs (a common chemical used in many products) can weaken our immune system responses. • The EPA is already starting to phase some PFCs out, but consumers are also encouraged to find healthier alternatives to those products that still contain PFCs. PFCs … Continue reading “PFCs Found in Common Products May Harm Our Immune Systems”

Life Before Vaccines

Article at a Glance • Claims of a link between vaccines and autism are not supported by research. Additionally, a recent report shows that much of the data in the original supporting study was falsified. • Vaccines have been so successful that parents often no longer see or understand the seriousness of the diseases they … Continue reading “Life Before Vaccines”

Experts Worry About Resurgence of Polio

Article at a Glance • Polio outbreaks have started to occur in countries previously considered polio free. • Declining immunization rates have left some areas of the country, including Utah, at risk. • Contact your pediatrician to make sure your children’s immunizations are up to date. Thanks to a highly effective vaccination program, your children … Continue reading “Experts Worry About Resurgence of Polio”

Recent H1N1 Vaccine Recalls Are Nothing to Fear
Recent H1N1 Vaccine Recalls Are Nothing to Fear

In light of the two recent H1N1 vaccine recalls some parents might be concerned about safety. However, the FDA and the CDC have determined that children who received the vaccine are not in any danger. The vaccines were recalled because they had lost some of their potency, not because of safety concerns. Drug manufacturers MedImmune … Continue reading “Recent H1N1 Vaccine Recalls Are Nothing to Fear”

Your Child May Need a Hib Booster Vaccine – Check With Your Doctor
Your Child May Need a Hib Booster Vaccine – Check With Your Doctor

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a serious bacterial infection that can cause bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, along with several other life threatening diseases. Before the Hib vaccine was created, about 20,000 children under the age of five contracted Hib and close to 1,000 people died each year. In 2007, due to shortages in the … Continue reading “Your Child May Need a Hib Booster Vaccine – Check With Your Doctor”

Rotavirus Vaccine Dramatically Reduces Hospitalization and ER Visits
Rotavirus Vaccine Dramatically Reduces Hospitalization and ER Visits

Have you heard of rotavirus? It’s a fairly common disease that causes diarrhea and vomiting. Most people who get rotavirus report symptoms during the months of January through May. Adults with strong immune systems who get rotavirus may not even notice that they have the disease. But in young children, rotavirus can be deadly. Every … Continue reading “Rotavirus Vaccine Dramatically Reduces Hospitalization and ER Visits”

A New Combination Vaccine

Pentacel is a new combination vaccine that combines DTaP, Hib, and IPV. Pentacel will reduce the number of needle sticks children will experience during their 2, 4, 6 and 15/18 month visits. This vaccine takes the same vaccines that normally would be given separately during these visits and combines them into one vaccine or shot. … Continue reading “A New Combination Vaccine”

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