Checkup Newsroom (Vaccines)

2019
September
11,
2019
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
It’s that time of year again. With flu season upon us, many parents are breaking the news to their kids that it’s time for “a shot.” It’s also a time you likely dread as much as your kids, knowing how helpless you feel when they are anxious and yo...
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August
28,
2019
| 06:15 PM America/Chicago
By Alice Phillips, M.D. As a pediatrician, I have been lucky to practice medicine in the post-vaccine era. Although I have watched kids struggle with whooping cough, meningitis, mumps and pneumonia, I am happy to say I have never seen many of the ...
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August
15,
2019
| 03:54 PM America/Chicago
Whenever a story is posted on Cook Children’s social media pages, especially Facebook, we expect a certain amount of responses from those who refuse vaccines for their children or who are vaccine-hesitant families or patients. Regardless of statis...
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August
07,
2019
| 11:16 PM America/Chicago
In the summer of 1990 I was about to turn 17 and preparing for my senior year of high school. I was enrolled in Drivers Ed and thinking about which colleges I should apply. All normal events in any teenage life. Except that summer, my 22-year old sis...
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August
01,
2019
| 09:07 PM America/Chicago
Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County Childhood Vaccine Assessment Tool (CDC) American Cancer Society and HPV Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cook Children’s Vaccines and Immunizations Immunization Action Coalition National ...
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July
18,
2019
| 06:12 PM America/Chicago
Believe it or not, summer’s almost over and the new school year will begin before you know it. Are you ready? Or are you like a certain dad I know who usually waits until the last minute? Last year, this dad forgot: To book his child's ph...
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June
13,
2019
| 10:34 PM America/Chicago
“Is it safe to go to the park?” “Can we go to the mall?” Alice Phillips, M.D., a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Fort Worth – Cityview, hears the worry in the voices of many of her patient families. They’re afraid their child may contract measles ...
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May
16,
2019
| 04:39 PM America/Chicago
Although she wouldn’t call herself “100% anti-vax” at the time, Amanda Carroll declined to give her first-born son his hepatitis B vaccine at birth. With the next group of shots scheduled at his 2-month checkup, Amanda and her husband weren’t so s...
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May
10,
2019
| 08:46 PM America/Chicago
Out of 25 counties in the U.S. with the highest risk for a measles outbreak, Tarrant County ranks number 12 according to research published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases. To identify the hot spots, researchers from the Un...
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May
01,
2019
| 05:07 PM America/Chicago
This is my sweet patient Olivia. Olivia is 7 years old and has fought a battle that most 7 year olds (and 70 year olds) have never and will never face. Olivia has spent the last two years in and out of Cook Children’s battling neuroblastoma. It...
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March
21,
2019
| 07:56 PM America/Chicago
Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed the first case of measles in the area since 2015. This is the fourth case of measles confirmed in North Texas this year and the fourteenth in the state. Health officials say the patient recently traveled ...
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March
07,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
“It’s just a virus.” I hate that phrase and I know it never gives parents comfort when they hear it from doctors. Doctors (I’ll admit I’ve said it too) usually say “it’s just a virus” to let parents know we don’t see anything that suggests a ba...
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February
11,
2019
| 06:19 PM America/Chicago
We know writing about measles and the need for vaccination usually causes debate on our social media channels. But it also raises important questions that need to be addressed. Last week after the article 12 Facts About Measles You Need To Know...
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February
08,
2019
| 06:36 PM America/Chicago
Denton County Public Health confirmed a measles case, making it the first case for 2019 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This was the seventh case confirmed in Texas this year. Five have been confirmed in southern Texas, including four under the age of...
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2018
August
27,
2018
| 05:19 PM America/Chicago
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is among 18 states that allow families to opt out of vaccines for personal or moral beliefs. The Morning News reports that Plano, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston all ranked among the 15...
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August
15,
2018
| 07:04 PM America/Chicago
As a new school year begins, a 15-year-long trend of parents refusing to vaccinate their children in Texas may put your child at serious risk for diseases like measles. That’s the concern of many of the state’s physicians based on new numbers from...
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April
11,
2018
| 08:17 PM America/Chicago
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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March
07,
2018
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a letter warning parents and cheerleaders from 39 states and nine counties that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas.  The Dallas Morning Ne...
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March
06,
2018
| 06:16 PM America/Chicago
Over time, various concerns about vaccines have been brought up. Basically the way it happens is like this … someone comes up with a theory as to why vaccines might be a cause of autism. The scientific community starts to complete studies to determin...
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February
19,
2018
| 09:17 PM America/Chicago
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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2017
December
07,
2017
| 06:36 PM America/Chicago
A news story out of Phoenix serves as a tragic reminder to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Alani Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother, died only two days after she began feeling ill from the flu, according to the Washington Post. Her youn...
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November
30,
2017
| 08:49 PM America/Chicago
A new study shows Texas ranks 47th in cancer-preventing vaccine coverage, showing that Texans aren’t getting the message about the dangers of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, Texas only ranked higher t...
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April
13,
2017
| 09:42 PM America/Chicago
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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March
07,
2017
| 09:05 PM America/Chicago
In an effort to get more patients vaccinated against the Human papillomavirus (HPV), Cook Children’s is launching a new initiative led by one of the more vocal physicians in the country on this topic. Jason Terk, M.D., a pediatrician at Cook Child...
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2016
November
22,
2016
| 05:58 PM America/Chicago
Just in time for the holidays a reader wrote in with this question: “My friend...was told by her grandson’s pediatrician that her grandchildren who are vaccinated should never be around any unvaccinated children. Well, the parents of her other...
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August
29,
2016
| 11:42 PM America/Chicago
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
| 05:51 PM America/Chicago
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
01,
2016
| 09:50 PM America/Chicago
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
| 04:33 PM America/Chicago
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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2015
September
17,
2015
| 10:55 PM America/Chicago
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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