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  • Mercury, A Look Back

    Mercury, A Look Back

    What has been the effect of giving tiny amounts of mercury to millions of children in vaccines? A huge study in the November 2003 Pediatrics used an analysis of the medical records of over 140,000 children to try to find an answer.

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  • Shots


    When I was a child and went to see the doctor, I remember sometimes getting shots if I was sick. It seemed stronger than getting medicine by mouth. Today, parents sometimes ask me to give shots of medicine to their sick children, either because the shots seem more powerful, or because they are more convenient […]

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  • Heroic Polio Effort Hamstrung

    Heroic Polio Effort Hamstrung

    A worsening polio outbreak in West Africa has already spread to nations where polio had been eradicated and has prompted hundreds of thousands of volunteers and health workers to race to immunize 15 million children at immediate risk.

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  • Polio - It’s A Small World After All

    Polio – It’s A Small World After All

    Hundreds of thousands of health workers and volunteers are mobilizing to reach every child in 5 countries with polio vaccine within just a few days – in countries where polio had previously been eradicated. 15 million children are considered at immediate risk. The World Health Organization called the spreading polio outbreak in Nigeria “a grave […]

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  • Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear

    Every Parent Whose Child Has Asthma Should Hear

    A simple flu shot for every child with asthma could prevent 100,000 hospitalizations this year in the U.S. alone, according to an analysis by the American Lung Association released on September 18, 2003. Sadly, last year 90 percent of children with asthma and 61 percent of adults with asthma missed the opportunity to get the […]

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  • Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    Preventing Ear Infections with Flu Vaccine

    In stark contrast to some earlier studies, giving children flu vaccine does not help to prevent ear infections in young children, according to a large study published in the September 24, 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association. Earlier evidence had suggested a protective effect — perhaps a large protective effect — from the vaccine.

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  • October Protection For Your Child

    October Protection For Your Child

    Most parents would be surprised to learn that in the US the 6th leading cause of death among children under 4 years old is the flu and its complications. We know the elderly are at risk; but so are young children. Overall 114,000 Americans each year are hospitalized with the flu, and more than 36,000 […]

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  • West Nile Virus – The Stage is Set

    West Nile Virus – The Stage is Set

    In 2003, 32 states are already reporting West Nile virus activity, compared to only about 20 states at the same time in 2002. The CDC held a press conference on July 15, 2003, where CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding warned that we need to be prepared for a worse WNV season than last year, when […]

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  • Monkeypox 2: Containment

    Monkeypox 2: Containment

    On June 11, 2003 the federal government authorized the use of its stores of smallpox vaccine to help contain the U.S. monkeypox outbreak. Meanwhile, the outbreak investigation continues to spread, from the 3 original affected states to a new total of 16 states (Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, […]

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  • Ask for No-Added-Mercury Vaccines

    Ask for No-Added-Mercury Vaccines

    When it comes to the flu shot, choice is now here. Many doctors start ordering flu vaccine during the spring and summer months for the fall and winter to follow. Beginning in 2003, a preservative-free flu vaccine was made available — for those who ask for it.

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