Information About Vaccinations

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Polio Vaccine (IPV)

Prior to the invention of the Polio vaccine, IPV, thousands of people died from the polio virus each year and tens of thousands more were left paralyzed. Today, the number of people diagnosed with polio each year hovers near zero in the United States. ... read more »

Should Pediatricians See Unvaccinated Kids?

The measles outbreak has left pediatricians facing a dilemma: should they see unvaccinated kids or turn them away so contagious diseases don't infect other patients too young to be fully vaccinated? ... read more »

Vaccinations and Immunizations During Pregnancy

There are certain vaccinations which are safe during pregnancy while others are contraindicated. See the complete list here. ... read more »

Can I Get Chicken Pox?

My 4-year-old has chicken pox. Can I get it? Most adults who grew up in the U.S. are immune to the virus either because they had the disease or because they were immunized. ... read more »

Pregnant Women First in Line for H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pregnant women should be one of the first groups of people in line for an H1N1 vaccine once it is produced. ... read more »

MMR Vaccine and TTC

When is it safe to get pregnant after the Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination? ... read more »

Anthrax Vaccine

My husband received the anthrax vaccine several years ago while in the army. Could that affect our chances of having a healthy baby? ... read more »

Rubella Vaccination - When Is it Safe to Get Pregnant?

How long after I have the rubella vaccine should I wait to get pregnant? ... read more »

Congenital Rubella

If a woman has rubella during pregnancy, the rubella virus can induce many different birth defects (known as 'Rubella Syndrome' or 'Congenital Rubella'), some of which are quite severe. ... read more »

Changes in Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommendations

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a dangerous infection that often affects babies and young children. ... read more »

Effective Vaccine for Baby Produced by Your Own Breasts

One of the most amazing feats your body will perform late in the third trimester is the automatic production of special breast milk called colostrum.  ... read more »

What to Do If You’re Pregnant and Never Had Chickenpox

An estimated seven in every 10,000 pregnant women will get chickenpox. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re immune, you can get a quick blood test to find out. ... read more »