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Infectious Disease + Vaccines

These are blog posts that talk about the science of infectious disease, both lessons learned, new advances, impacts on both personal and public health, and vaccinations.

Why the Science Community is Concerned about Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Donald Trump

By and January 10, 2017 No Comments
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After meeting with President-Elect Trump today Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told reporters that “[Trump] asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” He also clarified that Trump had called the meeting and he felt that the discussion went “very well.” There have been a number of people who have taken meetings with […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


The Experts Weigh-In After Cleveland Clinic Doctor Apologizes for Anti-Vaccine Comments

By January 9, 2017 2 Comments
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This post has been updated. It’s never a good sign when my phone starts buzzing as I crawl into bed at 9:30 on a Saturday night. Yes, I go to bed at 9:30pm on Saturdays. I’m a parent, sleep is awesome. The buzzes had to do with a recent article written by a physician associated […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines


Myth Busting | Can Vicks VapoRub on the Feet Shorten A Baby’s Cold?

By January 5, 2017 1 Comment
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My nine-month-old has her first cold and I can’t stand to see her like this! I asked my mom for advice and she told me to cover [my daughter’s] feet in Vicks VapoRub at night and then put socks on her. She said she used to do this with me and my cold would be […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers


What Does “Its Just a Virus” Really Mean?

By December 21, 2016 1 Comment
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The other day I was looking at the website of a charity that helps hospitals and emergency rooms acquire much needed pediatric-specific emergency equipment. While on the charity’s website I read through some of their patient testimonials. There were so many compelling stories, some with happy endings and some that weren’t so happy. Not long after that […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines


When Are Frequent Illnesses Signs Of A Compromised Immune System?

By December 13, 2016 No Comments
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It’s cold and flu season and around this time of year I start seeing parents in my office concerned that their child is “always sick,” and that there must be something wrong with their child’s immune system or that they have a “low immune system.” I don’t doubt these parents when they say that their […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Infectious Disease + Vaccines


Shorties: Is Merck Testing the HPV Vaccine on Babies?

By December 5, 2016 1 Comment
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A store that I follow [on Facebook] just shared this article. [The article states that Merck — the company that manufactures Gardasil — will soon “push” all infants in the US to receive the HPV vaccine and is currently testing the vaccine on infants.] It seems highly unlikely to me that this is true, but […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting