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  1. Why Whooping Cough Is Rising Despite a New Vaccine

    When a new whooping cough vaccine was introduced in the late 1990s, there were hopes for a lower infection rate. But there's been a puzzling trend: a spike in new cases. More than 48,000 Americans had whooping cough in 2012 -- a 50-year high. The disease, also known as pertussis, brings on fits of c

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  2. What Is the Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

    When pediatrician Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, wrote The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, he envisioned giving parents more choices on how to vaccinate their children if they were concerned about a vaccine’s side effects or ingredients or the large number of shots that kids rece

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  3. Expert Q&A: Childhood Vaccine Safety

    For parents, childhood vaccines are a source of reassurance -- protecting your child against disease naturally helps you sleep better at night -- but also anxiety about side effects and reactions. With misinformation about vaccines and health problems, it can be difficult for a parent to sort it all

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  4. Should Your Child Get the HPV Vaccine?

    If you have a child who is at least 9 years old, you may be weighing whether he or she should get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Men and women can carry it. HPV sometimes plays a role in

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  5. Surviving Meningitis: Carl Buher’s Story

    On an autumn day in 2003, Carl Buher came down with a high fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion. His parents, Curt and Lori Buher, thought he had flu, like his football buddies. But when Carl became disoriented and developed purple splotches all over his face and arms, they rushed him t

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  6. Unraveling the Whooping Cough Epidemic

    In California, 2010 started out much like many others for the public health detectives who keep an eye on infectious diseases. But by the end of the year, 10 California babies were dead from whooping cough, aka pertussis, a highly contagious disease that’s preventable by a vaccine. Kathleen Harriman

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  7. Child Vaccines: Some Parents Ill at Ease

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes probably wasn't thinking about child vaccines or parental rights when he said "the right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." But the intersection of private rights and the public good addressed by Holmes is a subject much on the minds

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