The Childhood Vaccine Schedule (and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices – ACIP)

We've already talked about how many vaccines we give. I'll be covering each individual vaccine as we go along, but let's talk about how we wound up with the schedule we have. A great deal of study and research goes into determining the ideal time to give each vaccine. Timing depends on a number of... Continue Reading →

Too Many Too Soon (and more on how your immune system works)

I’d have to say that the most common concern parents bring up at their babies’ well visits is this – won’t all those vaccines given at once overwhelm the immune system? I mean, when we were babies we only got a few vaccines, now there are dozens of doses in the first year of life.... Continue Reading →

Meningococcal meningitis

We’ve already talked a little bit about meningitis, which technically means inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord. Not ALL meningitis is caused by infection, but most is. You may know someone who has had viral meningitis, which is miserable but very very rarely dangerous. Bacterial meningitis, on the other hand, is... Continue Reading →

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