Checkup Newsroom (Immunization)

2018
April
11,
2018
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: More effective. Early vaccination prevents substantially more pre-cancer than late vaccination. Long lasting. Current evidence shows that the HPV vaccination does not wear off. Low risk of exposure. HPV...
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February
19,
2018
Every year in the United States, about 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. According to the CDC, HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring. So why aren’t more people getting...
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January
09,
2018
This year’s flu vaccine effectiveness has been questioned. “Should I even bother getting the vaccine,” I get asked. “Yes. You should definitely still get your child’s flu vaccine.” Here’s why. Is it going to be a bad flu season? Widesp...
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2017
August
14,
2017
As a new school year begins, so do the arguments about vaccinations. Texas Department of State Health Services, which receives the information from schools of students who have declined vaccination  says, “Maintaining adequate immunization rates i...
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April
13,
2017
If your child had a weak immune system, would you want to know the vaccine rates at their school? House Bill 2249 would require the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide reports every other year on vaccine-preventable outbreaks and ...
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2016
September
13,
2016
The flu season has already begun at Cook Children’s. In late August, a patient was diagnosed with Flu B, the earliest case in at least three years, and physicians expect this to be only the beginning. With the upcoming season, now is the time to g...
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August
29,
2016
The growing ambivalence many parents show toward vaccines leaves Tom Rogers, M.D., frustrated. After more than 56 years as a pediatrician, Dr. Rogers, a Cook Children's pediatrician at the Forest Park practice in Fort Worth, knows first-hand the d...
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August
16,
2016
As a new school year begins, a 12-year-long trend of parents refusing to vaccinate their children may put your child at risk. That’s the concern of Justin Smith, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Children’s. The Houston Chronicle reported “the number o...
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August
15,
2016
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month, we are educating about vaccine-preventable diseases and the ways you can protect yourself and your family from them. Vaccines are #savinglivessilently. ...
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August
01,
2016
Let’s get real and talk about varicella (chickenpox). I feel like varicella is a severely underestimated virus. Most people our age had a mild version of chickenpox as a child, I had it at age 10, and that was that. We weren’t educated about the comp...
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August
01,
2016
My daughter Abby is fully vaccinated. I made this decision for her without any hesitation. The physicians, nurse practitioners, and staff at Cook Children's Willow Park Pediatrics have all fully vaccinated their children. Every single child. Every...
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March
16,
2016
Not getting your child vaccinated puts them and others at risk. We have said this before (many times), but a new study shows just how true this statement is. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) loo...
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January
11,
2016
Mark Zuckerburg had his baby vaccinated and I don’t particularly care. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he had his baby vaccinated for his baby’s sake, but I don’t want it to affect your decision to vaccinate at all. I don’t want your vaccine decis...
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2015
December
23,
2015
“Epic fail.” A couple of years ago, this was the phrase that my teenage son used as I unsuccessfully attempted to beat him in a game we were playing. At the time, I thought to myself that it was a harsh but accurate assessment of my performance. A...
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November
30,
2015
Are we there yet? “No.” Are we there yet? “No. 5 more minutes.” Are we there yet? “No. I will tell you when we get there!” Did anyone hear this or something like it last week? We’ve been asking a similar question to our favorite Cook Chil...
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November
11,
2015
Researchers may have created a possibly revolutionary needle-free vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus, better known as RSV. The vaccine is only in the beginning stages and part of ongoing research, so it will not be available to the public...
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September
21,
2015
The upcoming flu season leaves many questions, but one thing remains certain for Mary Suzanne Whitworth, M.D., the medical director of Infectious Diseases at Cook Children’s. “Vaccinations are still the best answer to preventing the flu and protec...
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September
17,
2015
Do vaccines cause autism? No. So why are we discussing this issue again? Because Donald Trump linked vaccinations to autism in last night's debate between Republican presidential candidates. “Autism has become an epidemic, 25 years ago, 3...
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September
10,
2015
As a parent, your instinct is to protect your child at all costs. However, some moms and dads may not realize the harm they are doing their newborn by not getting themselves or their older children vaccinated for whooping cough, or pertussis. B...
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August
28,
2015
Rubella was declared eradicated from North and South America just this past April. So why did the Tarrant County Health Department just announce that there is a case of rubella in a Texas Christian University student? Unfortunately, the student...
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August
18,
2015
Vaccination is important to me. This should not shock you. Articles and news reports about infectious diseases and their impact on our children keep me up at night. Tonight, it’s not an article about an outbreak of disease that has me up typing aw...
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2014
December
04,
2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on Dec. 3, 2014, that left some wondering if they even need a flu shot this year.The short answer is yes because your child is still more protected than without one.Donald Murp...
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November
18,
2014
I respect autonomy in medicine.I respect that parents have the right to choose what is best for their children regarding their medical care. There are certain situations in medicine where these decisions truly only affect you and your family.If you c...
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April
25,
2014
A new mom walks into her pediatrician’s office for a first visit. The mom expresses concern about immunizations. She’s seen so much on TV about the dangers of vaccination, even causing autism, and has found information on the Internet that newborns s...
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