The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has expanded the list of countries that pregnant women should avoid traveling to because of high infection rates of the Zika virus.
Few breakthroughs have been as beneficial as vaccines. So why is there so much misinformation out there about them? Don’t believe the myths.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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