Science/Research


Measles Outbreaks Underscores the Critical Role of Public Health

By Amy Pisani Last week, news hit regarding the investigation of several cases of measles in Boston spurred by an employee of the French Consulate who potentially infected two others; someone...


How the Fall of Vaccine Manufacturers Could Impact Public Health

“What if manufacturers stopped making vaccines?” Someone recently posed this question on our Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page.  It’s a difficult question really?  If companies were no longer willing...


Is There a Universal Flu Vaccine in our Future?

By Christine Vara These past few weeks, there has been a great deal of conversation within this blog and on our Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page regarding the seasonal...


Influenza Vaccination: The Danger is Not Getting It

By Carol J. Baker, MD Every flu season is different and unpredictable, but each year influenza causes children to get sick, and can lead to hospitalizations and even deaths....


World AIDS Day and the Hope For a Vaccine

By Christine Vara Here at Shot of Prevention, we are open to discussing issues that pertain to children’s health.  Admittedly, they often involve immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases.  However, in...


Until We Know What Causes Autism, The Vaccine Hypothesis Will Remain

By Christine Vara Yesterday, a great article written by Kate Rope for Parenting  was re-posted on CNN Health.  What I appreciated about the article was the simplicity.  It was...


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...


Autism and Vaccines: An Unhealthy Association

By Christine Vara When I first started contributing to the Shot of Prevention blog, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of frustration.  It seemed whenever I read an...


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...


Protecting Infants Through the Concept of “Cocooning”

By Christine Vara Cocooning: A transitive verb meaning to protect somebody from unpleasantness or danger. And who wouldn’t want to protect infants from danger?  The question is what do...