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Measles: Not Just a Childhood Problem

Measles is not just a kid’s disease. The multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December has infected patients of all ages – from babies younger than a year to adults well into their 50s. The outbreak, which has spread to 14 states, appears to have started when unvaccinated, infected people from overseas traveled to … Read More

5 Top Flu Vaccine Myths

It’s flu season — time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. “Getting vaccinated against influenza every year is a proactive way for an individual to maintain their own health and the health of their family.  Influenza vaccine is safe and the best way to prevent the flu,” says infectious disease physician Thomas … Read More

Why You Need a Flu Shot (Video)

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, now is the time to start taking steps to cut down your chances of getting sick. Susan Rehm, MD, a doctor who treats infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic, says that the flu is nothing to sneeze at. “Every year, up to 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu and … Read More

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4 Vaccine Myths Busted by Science

You don’t have to look far to find vaccine myths and misconceptions. With flu season upon us — and with outbreaks of dangerous yet preventable diseases on the rise — now is the perfect time to rethink these myths, and what science tells us about them. Myth No. 1: Vaccines cause autism This autism myth … Read More

Vaccine Prevents Human Papilloma Virus (Video)

Today, HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted disease — not only in the United States, but also in the world. Fortunately, there is an effective vaccine that can prevent HPV infection, says Habibeth Gitiforooz, MD, Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN. She talks about the risks associated with HPV and explains why it is important to receive … Read More

HPV Vaccines: Safe, Protective for Kids

If you are a parent who feels confused about vaccine safety for your child, here’s some data about the vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV) to ease your mind.  Researchers studied both HPV vaccines in tens of thousands of people around the world. More than 46 million doses have been distributed to date, and there have been … Read More

AAP Says Pregnant Women Need Whooping Cough Vaccine

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new immunization schedule today, which includes a new approach to vaccinating for pertussis, or whooping cough, as it is more commonly known. Pregnant women   should get vaccinated   to protect infants  against whooping cough, AAP says. To protect babies earlier, the AAP recommends that pregnant women are … Read More

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Kids and a Painless Flu Vaccine (Video)

Let’s face it. Flu shots are no fun, especially for kids. But vaccination is their best defense against the influenza virus. Camille Sabella, MD, a doctor who treats pediatric infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic, says that some kids now have the option of avoiding a shot altogether. “We now have a nasal mist spray that … Read More

Flu Vaccine Recommendations for Kids

Flu season is here, but you still have time to protect your kids from this potentially deadly virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated recommendations for the flu vaccine. Flu strains change yearly Susan Rehm, MD, who treats infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic, says this year’s vaccine is tailored to fight what health officials … Read More