Immunizations: A Family Affair

A visit to the emergency room with my Mom yesterday reminded me that flu season is paying an early, and unwelcome, visit this year. Our hospital, along with so many across the nation, was crowded with those suffering from the flu. We wore masks, offered as we registered in the ER, the entire time we were there … just in case. Last year saw fewer cases of influenza reported than ever before recorded – primarily due to a higher number …

Whooping Cough Returns: Do You Need A Booster Shot?

Whooping cough, that childhood scourge that seemed to be wiped out when vaccines were introduced in the 1940s, has made a surprising return, and a federal panel wants all adults, including those over 65, to get booster shots. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year nine out of every 100,000 Americans get whooping cough — also known as pertussis — and while that is significantly smaller than before the vaccine was introduced, the number has been …