Pregnant Women


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...


Evaluating the Safety of Flu Vaccination in Pregnancy

The decision to get a flu vaccination in pregnancy is one that should be based on a complete evaluation of the scientific evidence that is available.


5 Things Expectant Parents Need to Know About Vaccines in Pregnancy

Expectant couples should rely on credible medical sources such as the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse Midwives. Here are...


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...


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...