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Reports of children who’ve contracted acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) have been in the news lately. Because of this, parents may be wondering what AFM is and how they can keep their family safe. While the condition is serious, the good › Continue Reading

This year’s flu season has officially begun, with widespread activity reported locally and by the CDC throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.   At Cincinnati Children’s, we have seen a rise in patients with confirmed flu the past couple of weeks. › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s is implementing an aggressive campaign to increase the number of children in the Cincinnati area who are vaccinated against influenza. Pastors at several churches will begin encouraging congregants to get the flu vaccine this year to protect their › Continue Reading

I get it. Very few kids willingly receive vaccines. In fact, if parents can get in and out of the doctor’s office without tears on visits that contain shots, it feels like a small miracle. Because of this reality, I › Continue Reading

A recent Cincinnati Children’s study found that taking statin drugs may interfere with the effectiveness of flu vaccines. Statins are cholesterol lowering drugs used by a high percentage of elderly people who are already more vulnerable to the flu. “Apparently, › Continue Reading

Each influenza season is different from the last because the viruses that circulate change from year to year and immunity from season to season is not long lasting. Vaccines are prepared each year based on predictions and mathematical models of › Continue Reading

March 8, 2012 – The twins are sick! Both of them have fevers and are coughing a ton! March 11, 2012 – Still both very sick and haven’t slept much since Thursday night. Fevers are very high – going to › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s is one of nine centers nationwide taking part in clinical trials to test the H7N9 avian influenza vaccine in humans. Sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institutes of Health, the › Continue Reading

No one likes shots. No one likes receiving them and I don’t know a single health care provider that enjoys administering them.  But they’re a necessary reality to keep babies, children, and even adults from contracting devastating diseases. In fact, › Continue Reading

With flu season fast approaching, health experts say it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Flu vaccines are available now and recommended for anyone 6 months or older. That’s especially true for parents, teachers and day-care providers who have frequent › Continue Reading