Preteens/Teens


From Infants to Elderly: Immunizations Span a Lifetime

By Christine Vara August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and the intent is to issue a rally cry not only to vaccine advocates, but to the public in...


Important Advancement in AIDS Prevention

By Christine Vara I recall when AIDS was first making headlines 25 years ago.  There were so many misconceptions about the disease itself and how it was being spread...


Baltimore’s Example in Stark Contrast to California’s Epidemic

By Christine Vara There are times when I feel so fortunate to live in this country.  Then there are days when I wonder what some Americans are thinking.  Yesterday,...


If Vaccinations Didn’t Hurt, Would More People Get Them?

By Christine Vara I know this sounds pretty pathetic, but the sad reality is that some parents delay or avoid vaccinations because they simply don’t want to deal with...


Rising Rates of Measles, Mumps and Pertussis of Great Concern.

By Christine Vara Last month I posted an article that discussed the spread of measles as a result of low immunization rates.  One reference I made was in the...


Cancer Prevention as a Benefit of Hepatitis B Vaccine

By Dr. Ari Brown, Practicing Pediatrician and Author of Baby411, Toddler411 and the soon to be release Expecting 411 My brother passed away recently. He was only 57 years...


Helping Oologah Oklahoma Recover from a Devastating Meningitis Outbreak

By Frankie Milley, Meningitis Angels Meningitis Angels was founded in memory of Ryan Wayne Milley, only child of Bob and Frankie Milley. Ryan died at the age of 18...


Remembering My Son on World Meningitis Day

By Lynn Bozof  Lynn Bozof is one of five founding members of the National Meningitis Association. As World Meningitis Day approaches, it’s a good reminder for all of us...


National Immunization Conference: What Have We Learned?

By Christine Vara The other night, after struggling with her homework, my daughter asked me “Mom, do you get mad at yourself when you make a mistake?” I paused...


The Controversy over Dr. Oz

By Christine Vara I have just read a very insightful article from the Chicago Tribune regarding Dr. Oz and his proliferation of medical information on both his current television...