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It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Their child, who’s away at college contracts a rare form of Meningitis, becomes seriously ill and lands in a hospital far from home. That’s the tragic and heartbreaking situation for the family of a student from the University of Oregon, Lauren Jones.
Lauren, who was from Georgia, was a freshman student athlete on the Oregon acrobatic and tumbling team. She was one of 4 students who suddenly became ill in January this year and tragically she died from what public health officials believe was Meningitis B.
I wrote about Meningits B back in 2013, when there were outbreaks at Princeton and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I thought my kid was already vaccinated
My son is also a freshman at the University of Oregon ( U of O ) and I have several patients who also go there. My phone is ringing off the hook, as friends and parents call with questions because this week, there is a mass vaccination effort at the Matthew Knight Arena at the U of O using the BRAND NEW, RECENTLY APPROVED MENINGITIS B VACCINE, TRUMENBA.
Unless your child got one of the first doses of Trumenba over the Winter holidays, they have NOT already had this vaccine.
And, no, if you’re wondering, I do not work for Trumenba or the manufacturers, or anyone associated with this vaccine. I do have experience working in Pediatric ICU at Stanford caring for kids who had Meningitis and would like to help prevent anyone from suffering from this potentially deadly infection.
Your student was vaccinated for DIFFERENT TYPES of Meningitis
Most parents, kids and even a few pediatricians are thinking that the 1 or 2 meningococcal vaccine(s) that they already got previously is sufficient. WRONG!
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It’s that time of year again when the flu is spreading and more people are getting sick. As a health care provider, I get vaccinated. In full disclosure, I don’t like getting any shots, I’m a big baby. I keep my eyes slammed shut, gripped whatever is closest, hold my breath, and then take a big sigh of relief that it’s over and done for another year.
Big Misconceptions and Myths
One of my friends surprised me the other day, she mistakenly thought that people routinely get sick just from getting the flu vaccine. (more…)
If you’ve ever had shingles or known someone who has, you know that it’s very painful and debilitating. Danielle Lin interviewed Dr. Steven Simon recently. You can listen to the interview here.
Danielle Lin’s interview covers holistic issues, whether the vaccine is effective and how to treat it. There are many people who have on-going Shingles Pain even if they’ve been treated with anti-virals after their rash goes away. The pain can linger for months or even years after which may be excruciating.
This pain changes people lives, it can be so overwhelming that people can’t function. Many people describe the pain as an intense burning, almost as if their nerves are on fire. Until now, there hasn’t been any medications that help reduce Shingles pain, however, all of that has changed, now that health care providers can use Gralise, a long-acting form of gabapentin that is changing lives. (more…)
I was just talking to a reporter about the recent increase in Measles cases. This is one of those highly contagious infectious diseases that has been just under the radar for years, but recently has increased dramatically. Most people under 40 haven’t seen a case of measles and don’t know anyone who had measles. If you’re over 50, chances are that you had measles or knew someone else who couldn’t go to school for a week while recovering from measles.
In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of numbers of children diagnosed with Autism. We’ve also seen the association between autism and vaccines completely debunked and there’s been an enormous amount of research that’s aiding in our understanding.
Guest Blog with Shelly Rivoli
Tips for Finding Medical Care While Traveling With Children
Shelly is the mother of two and author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children. Her book covers air travel, road trips, beach vacations, cruises, train trips, camping, and overseas travel.
Travels with Baby also addresses many health and safety concerns, and includes a traveler’s guide to ear infections; common travel ailments and aids; travel vaccination information for infants, children, and breastfeeding mothers; and also tips for childproofing on the go.
Here are her tips for finding a doctor in case your child gets sick while traveling. (more…)
In Washington State, there is currently and epidemic of whooping cough. There have been 640 case reported there in the first 3 months of the year, compared to only 93 the year before.
Whooping cough is also known as pertussis and can be serious and even life threatening in babies. The reason that there’s a new epidemic is that we think that people’s immunity to it decreases over time.
I just examined a patient who I believe has whooping cough. She’s had a persistent cough for over 2 weeks, that now comes in spasms. She’ll be fine for a few hours, then start coughing uncontrollably. Her eyes are red from the strain of coughing.
What is Whooping Cough?
Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a bacterial infection of the lungs that cause bronchitis like symptoms. The infection does 2 things: First, it causes the lungs to produce more secretions, (more…)
We’ve all heard whisperings and been a little fearful that vaccines can cause autism. I remember wondering myself if vaccinating my son for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) would lead him to develop autism.
I’ve talked to thousands of parents about the issue and read the research. Despite overwhelming evidence that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, many people are still fearful and don’t vaccinate their kids. How did this happen?
Many children who have asthma don’t receive the flu vaccine and are much more likely to have worsening asthma symptoms if they get the flu. Interestingly enough, parents who don’t have their children vaccinated aren’t as concerned about the flu being a trigger for asthma attacks and are more worried about the potential side effects of the vaccine.