Checkup Newsroom (shots)

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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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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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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2017
August
14,
2017
| 09:18 PM America/Chicago
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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2016
September
15,
2016
| 05:15 PM America/Chicago
For years, parents have favored the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine to painful shots for their children. This year, however, they may not have a choice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics a...
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February
09,
2016
| 06:01 PM America/Chicago
I, along with many others in the medical field, have suspected for a long time that we need a better pertussis vaccine. Aside from flu, I can’t think of any other disease for which we vaccinate where we are excited if only a few outbreaks happen h...
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January
11,
2016
| 04:03 PM America/Chicago
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
September
21,
2015
| 11:15 PM America/Chicago
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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August
28,
2015
| 05:25 PM America/Chicago
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
| 05:50 PM America/Chicago
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
November
18,
2014
| 09:11 PM America/Chicago
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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October
30,
2014
| 09:06 PM America/Chicago
Boo!The doctor’s office should not be a Haunted House.The “evil nurse” lurks around the corner with their pointy needle, ready to stab anyone who comes across their path.We might as well put on some eerie music and serve hot chocolate.Is your child a...
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