Influenza and the flu vaccine: What parents need to know

Stay healthy this flu season by getting vaccinatedFall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’d certainly be a shame to miss all that crisp weather and gorgeous scenery because of influenza.

The highly contagious virus affects the respiratory system, causing fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. It is an annual scourge, changing a bit every season so even though you may have had influenza several years ago, you can …Click here to continue reading

The flu can be fatal to children, even healthy kids

The flu can be fatal to children, even healthy kidsA recent CDC study pointed out that even healthy children can develop complications from influenza, such as severe pneumonia or death. Young infants, children with other illnesses, pregnant women and the elderly are most at risk for severe cases of the flu.

Many parents mistakenly refer to a stomach illness with vomiting and diarrhea as the flu. Actually, the flu is a respiratory illness with high fever, headaches, body aches, chills, cough …Click here to continue reading

Flu vaccine: Is it safe and effective for children?

We recently posted information on our Facebook page about the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine, which sparked a lively conversation among our Facebook fans. As a parent myself, I think it’s great people are asking questions and searching for the …Click here to continue reading

Don’t let myths about vaccinations put your child at risk

Don’t let myths about vaccinations put your child at riskVaccinations are a very safe and proven way to protect your child from diseases that can cause injury or death. They can help protect children from diseases such as:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Influenza
  • Whooping cough
  • Some types of bacterial pneumonia
  • Serious blood infections
  • Several types of meningitis
  • Certain liver diseases
  • Cervical cancer

Some people avoid vaccines because they believe immunizations can make you sick. This isn’t true. Most vaccines cause only minor side effects. If a child gets a disease that …Click here to continue reading

What’s the difference between a cold and the flu?

Child with the fluFlu is here! If you watch the news, you know we are in the midst of the worst flu season in years. Emergency rooms are overflowing, kids and adults are missing school and work, and it’s only early January.

Why is it so bad? Influenza, the virus that causes the flu, has the ability to mutate every year. This is why everyone needs yearly flu shots. This year’s strain is …Click here to continue reading

It’s not too late to avoid the flu: Get vaccinated

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a noticeable increase in influenza cases and associated hospitalizations nationwide — including Wisconsin — serves as a reminder that it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine.

The flu causes high fever, aches, cough and fatigue. It also can lead to pneumonia and even death. Pregnant women, infants and anyone with ongoing medical conditions such …Click here to continue reading

Avoid the flu: Get vaccinated

In our region, influenza illnesses are most common in late fall and winter. The “flu” causes high fever, achiness, cough and fatigue. It also can lead to pneumonia and even death. Pregnant women, infants and anyone with ongoing medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma have a greater risk of becoming seriously ill from the infection.

The best way to make sure you and your family stay healthy is for everyone over the age of …Click here to continue reading

Why vaccinating family members helps protect babies

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this week on a study that found having older siblings already vaccinated for chickenpox reduced the likelihood of infants developing chickenpox by 90 percent. Other medical studies have shown similar large decreases in the number of infants who got sick with measles, whooping cough and the flu when their families were up to date on vaccinations. These studies are a reminder that young infants are more vulnerable to many diseases. The younger infants are when they get sick, the more likely …Continue reading this post

Whooping cough cases highlight need for vaccination

A number of children in the Milwaukee metro area recently have been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. Whooping cough is particularly worrisome for parents of infants, because children have to be 2 months old to receive the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Although it first seems like a regular cold, whooping cough can turn more serious. It causes coughing so bad that it’s …Continue reading this post

Chickenpox parties should be left in the past

Chickenpox (varicella) may seem to be just an annoying illness, but all too often it can lead to severe complications and even death. Fortunately, we have an effective and safe vaccine.

Years ago, some parents would deliberately expose their children to other kids who had an active case of chickenpox, hoping that their own child would build immunity. Today, news outlets are reporting another …Continue reading this post