Adults


It's Easy to Find a Flu Vaccine with HealthMap Vaccine Finder

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week and  it’s likely that some people haven’t received their flu shots yet. You should know that flu season has officially arrived and some states have already begun...


Victims Katie Couric Neglected To Mention In Her Discussion of HPV

A few weeks ago I wrote about the fact that Katie Couric’s new daytime television show Katie was planning to air a segment about HPV vaccine.  After hearing the proposed line-up for the show...


Fighting the Flu One Text at a Time

This guest post was provided by Text4baby, a service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.   With 99% of all text messages being read and 90% read within...


Map Diseases in Your Area with HealthMap

This guest post was written by Jane Huston, a program coordinator for HealthMap at Boston Children’s Hospital and manager of the HealthMap Vaccine Finder, a project that aims to increase adult immunization...


Meningococcal Outbreak Highlights Need for New Vaccine

Earlier this week, news reports started pouring in of a meningococcal outbreak among students at Princeton University.  The number of cases and the lack of any direct connection among the...


I Was Vaccinated and All I Got Was a Sore Arm

Every day, all around the world, infants, children and adults are getting vaccinated.  If we were to calculate the exact number of vaccines administered in just one given day, I’m certain...


Flu Deaths Among Young, Healthy and Unvaccinated

The flu is predictably unpredictable.  Each year we know it’s coming and yet people – sometimes even children – will fall ill and die.  We just can’t predict when it will arrive, how...


When it Comes To Vaccination, We Have 99% To Thank

When I began writing on this blog three and a half years ago, I had never had a face-to-face conversation with someone who I would’ve described as “anti-vaccine”.  That’s not surprising really, since about 99% of...


The Flu as a Triple Threat

The one thing that is certain about the flu is that it is extremely unpredictable.  It’s impossible to predict the severity of the flu from patient to patient and...


Why Some Parents Are Refusing HPV Vaccine For Their Children

Some of the data contained in this post has been updated.  For a more recent review of the prevalence of HPV infection and more current data on the safety...