Adults


Flu Vaccination is a Team Sport

It’s great when individuals get vaccinated. In fact, the CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older.  But flu vaccination is not just about us as...


Take it From This Mom, the Flu is No Joke

The words “just the flu” need to be eradicated from our lexicon. There’s no “just” about this. It was terrifying. It was the most helpless I’ve ever felt as a...


What Signals the Start of Flu Season?

One might think that flu season starts with the arrival of vaccine in the local pharmacy or provider’s office.  Others might believe that flu season in the U.S. begins...


Some Things You Outgrow as an Adult. Vaccines Aren’t One of Them.

Did you know that vaccines are recommended for people of all ages? Even if you were fully vaccinated as a child, the protection from some vaccines you received can...


Raising Awareness of Viral Hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day

Viral hepatitis is a major health problem and one of the leading causes of death globally.  Approximately 1.34 million people die each year and million others are infected, most...


Updates from June 2017 Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Recently, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to discuss several important developments concerning vaccines. This included a discussion of vaccine research and scientific data related to...


How My Sister Helped Save My Daughter From Whooping Cough 

By Tamara Sheffield, MD, MPA, MPH, Medical Director, Community Health and Prevention, Intermountain Healthcare In my role as a medical director at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah,...


Five Things I’ve Learned About Vaccines Through 21 Years of Parenting

I gave birth to five children in the span of nine years. My oldest daughter will soon be 21.  My youngest, 12.  Over the years, I’ve learned a few...


Measles Anywhere is a Result of Measles Everywhere

Will we ever stop seeing cases of measles? Last week, officials confirmed the first case of measles in Michigan this year. That may not sound significant.  It’s only one case...


The 60/40 Factor and This Year’s Flu Season: It’s Not Over Yet

Surveillance data shows that while the flu may have peaked in some areas of the country, flu activity remains elevated throughout most of the U.S. Since flu...