Now Polio? What’s next?

Electron microscopy of poliovirus

2018-2019 has been the year of return of vaccine-preventable diseases (sounds like a bad movie title). First measles. Now polio? What’s next? And when it comes to cases of vaccine preventable disease, the Philippines has had more than their fair share. In May of this year, National Public Radio (NPR) reported that, since January, the Philippines … Read more

Vaccine Data: Do the Math

Math

Have you ever had a discussion with your child about why they need to be able to do math when “Nowadays we have technology and everyone just uses a calculator”? I mean (eye roll and sigh)… Who is this “everyone”, anyways? Kids are great at making you feel out of the loop and old at … Read more

Flu Vaccine 101

It’s that time of year again. The kids are heading back to school, a hint of fall is in the air, and your healthcare providers and pharmacists are gearing up for flu season. This time of year can prove challenging for physicians and other medical providers. We feel like we spend hours every day trying … Read more

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: #ShowUsYourShot

What if… Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, what if we saw more pictures on-line of children and families willingly being vaccinated? What if the first image that came to mind when thinking about vaccination was happy, strong, healthy children protecting themselves and their communities – not children screaming and being forcibly restrained? What … Read more

Should doctors dismiss patients for not vaccinating?

should-doctors-dismiss-patients-for-not-vaccinating

If ever there was a hot button issue in medicine, dismissal of patients for not vaccinating is it. I fully expect to generate some heated debate with this blogpost. This is a highly controversial topic for those of us providing vaccines and caring for high risk patients. Both sides have valid arguments and, I’m sorry, … Read more

Traveling this summer? Schedule your travel consult

I, like many people, will be traveling this summer – Europe, here I come! This is our second jaunt abroad with Disney Adventures (they are awesome and, no, they did not pay me to say this). But, unlike the prior trip, this time around I am having to make sure that my family is all … Read more

Shingles 101

As a family physician, I not only have the pleasure of discussing vaccines with my parents of young children and teens but I also get to walk my adult patients through their ongoing need for immunizations as well. Almost all adults need the following (check with your primary provider for individualized recommendations): a yearly flu … Read more

Do adults need a measles vaccine? Maybe.

measles vaccines for adults

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that there’s a measles epidemic brewing in the United States. As of April 26th, 704 cases of measles have been documented in 22 states across the country. This is the largest number we’ve seen since 2000, when measles was declared no longer endemic in the … Read more

Vaccines for Teens

In my last blogpost, I discussed the unique relationship that doctors have with their teen patients. I also highlighted the fine line that we (doctors and parents of teens) have to walk between giving teens autonomy and reigning in their “that won’t happen to me” nature when it comes to making healthcare decisions, like the … Read more