Now Polio? What’s next?

Electron microscopy of poliovirus

in 2019, when I originally ran this blogpost, I was referencing cases of Polio that were diagnosed in the Philippines. And now we’re dealing with a case of Polio in the U.S. The case occurred over the summer in New York, in an unvaccinated adult who has now developed paralysis as a result of his … Read more

Breaking News – COVID vaccines for kids 6 months to 5 years are finally here!

Breaking News

Breaking News – COVID vaccines for kids 6 months to 5 years are finally here! We now have two vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) authorized for emergency use by the FDA and CDC to protect our youngest children from COVID. This is an exciting time for parents who have put life on hold to protect their … Read more

Why Do We Vaccinate?

Why do we vaccinate?

Why do we vaccinate? This is a super important question and one I don’t think enough people have fully thought through. The reasons aren’t as black and white as we might think. But we’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to take a moment to ponder where we are and how things … Read more

COVID vaccines for kids: what parents are asking

Kids getting COVID vaccines

Today we’re going to do a good old fashioned Q&A session. As a family doctor who cares for people of all ages, I am hearing questions about COVID vaccines for kids multiple times a day from parents and grandparents. There is a lot of excitement about finally being able to protect our younger children. But, … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine boosters, shots for kids, and more!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of COVID-19 vaccines – there are lots of changes afoot. And lots of changes bring lots of questions. So today we are talking COVID-19 vaccine boosters, shots for kids, and more! Setting the stage As much as I wish it wasn’t so, we are STILL … Read more

Is it a cold or is it COVID?

Sick kids

Recently my two sons returned from a long-awaited and well-deserved week at sleep away camp. The camp required vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attendance and had very reasonable masking guidelines (masking was required when gathering indoors in groups but not when outdoors). Yet, both kids (both fully vaccinated) came home … Read more

COVID19, vaccines, and risk

COVID 19 vaccine

Today we are talking COVID19, vaccines, and risk. We have now administered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to more than 6 million people across the U.S. It’s a start, but this number is significantly lower than we would have hoped. There are likely several reasons for this slow roll-out. There has been little central leadership … Read more

COVID19 vaccine coming soon: here’s what you need to know – Part 4

Two Covid vaccines

Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series discussed a variety of topics; the immune system and how vaccines work; the phases of vaccine development and how we have much more rapidly, but safely, developed COVID vaccines; and specifics about the mRNA vaccines. Well, this post is going to be a hodge podge of different … Read more

COVID19 vaccine coming soon: here’s what you need to know – Part 3

COVID vaccine for the masses

Wow! Information about the new COVID19 vaccine is coming fast and furious. As I am writing this post, I am listening to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) deliberation about the vaccine and the practical recommendations regarding its use and administration. And it couldn’t be coming at a better time. Over 16 million … Read more

COVID19 vaccine coming soon: here’s what you need to know – Part 2

COVID19 vaccine image

By now, we’ve all heard that the development of a COVID vaccine is moving along at a much faster pace than normal. And this frightens some folks. The catchphrase for this program, Operation Warp Speed, isn’t helping. We envision our vaccine development process hurtling through the uncharted space of a science fiction movie – not … Read more