Checkup Newsroom (vaccine)

2019
June
13,
2019
“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
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
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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April
19,
2019
It’s been nearly two decades since measles was declared eradicated in the United States, but due to a shift in attitudes about vaccines the virus is back. More than 500 people spanning 20 states have been diagnosed with measles this year already. ...
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2018
September
24,
2018
Two children tested positive for the Influenza A virus from the week of Sept. 16 through Sept. 22, 2018, according to Laboratory results from Cook Children's. For the week, 85 children were tested for the flu, with 83 tests coming back negativ...
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February
21,
2018
Did you hear early in the season how the flu vaccine was worthless and only going to have about 10 percent effectiveness? You probably did, but hopefully that didn't prevent you from getting your child's flu vaccine. New data from the CDC sugge...
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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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2017
December
05,
2017
Are we ready for the upcoming flu season? Only time will tell for sure, but a new article published in The New England Journal of Medicine makes the case for a potentially severe influenza season. The article explains that clinical experts have...
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October
19,
2017
A new study shows an alarming number of American men have oral cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). The study, published in the journal of Annals of Internal Medicine, states 11 million (one in nine) U.S. males were found to have oral HPV. T...
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2016
September
15,
2016
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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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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June
23,
2016
I was surprised by yesterday’s announcement that the nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine didn’t protect kids last year. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the Centers for Disease Control’s ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunizati...
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April
13,
2016
Robert De Niro couldn’t win on his decision to screen “Vaxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy.” Once the anti-vaccination film was placed on the list for the Tribeca Film Festival, he was going to get severe backlash either way but he was forced to make ...
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February
09,
2016
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
22,
2016
You've probably heard about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and its link to cervical cancer. That can be pretty frightening for any female. Now a new study is sounding the alarm linking HPV with head and neck cancer, which can affect both men and wome...
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January
18,
2016
Collin County Health Care Services has confirmed a student at Schell Elementary School in Richardson has tested positive for measles. A letter published by the department reports that they are “reviewing individual exposure status, although anyone...
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2015
December
15,
2015
Generally Child Protective Services is called to a home because someone notices bruising on a child or hears a story in which a witness suspects that a child is being abused. Last week, a Plano CPS agent responded to a different type of call after...
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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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November
10,
2015
“Dr. Smith, I just got a call from a family who needs you to call an order in for Tamiflu for them because their 5 year old just tested positive for flu.” There are a lot of reasons I didn’t want to do this: I was in the office seeing patien...
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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
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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June
25,
2015
I’ve written about many of the myths regarding human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination before, ultimately concluding that it is safe, effective, does not lead to promiscuous behavior and that all three of my kids will get them when their time comes. ...
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January
29,
2015
I’ve been watching the Disney measles outbreak, each day cringing when I see the total number of infected people and hoping that there are no serious complications. Then, the news broke that there is a confirmed case of measles right in our backyard....
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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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October
23,
2014
Fever, headaches, joint and muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite.Over the next few months, many children will have these symptoms and many parents will, and should, call their Cook Children’s pediatri...
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September
17,
2014
The flu season is upon us once again ... what do you need to know as a parent?1.What are symptoms of the flu?The flu may start like the common cold with symptoms of cough, congestion and runny nose, but may also be associated with prolonged fever, mu...
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July
23,
2014
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed a Northeast Tarrant County resident has tested positive for measles after traveling outside of the state.Measles is highly contagious and can easily spread by simply breathing, coughing, sneezing or c...
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