Posts Tagged: vaccination

Important facts about measles

We have all heard the recent buzz on measles in the news.  But what is the measles and should I be paying attention to this buzz? Measles used to be a disease that nearly all children got by their 15 birthday.  Before a vaccine became available in 1963, it is estimated 3-4 million people in…
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Children and flu: What to do?

You may have been hearing it is flu season for a few months now. But have you heard that the flu can really be very dangerous for children? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 have been hospitalized each year in the United States…
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Cervical cancer in Kentucky

Kentucky is famous for many things: bourbon, basketball, fried chicken, bluegrass, horses, and … cervical cancer? Unfortunately, the incidence of cervical cancer diagnosis and death in Kentucky is one of the highest in the U.S. In 2014 (the most recent data available), the incidence of cervical cancer in Kentucky was 8.7/100,000, among the highest in…
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Cancer prevention with a few shots? Let’s do it!

Like many of you, I traveled to see family during the holidays. Without fail, dinner conversation often turns to health care as my soon-to-be husband (also an oncologist) and I answer a laundry list of medical questions from our loved ones. We welcome this firing squad of questions, as we hope to spread accurate information to those we care…
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The flu stops with you! Get your flu shot!

Did you know that you are likely to spread influenza (flu) even before you have symptoms? The flu is caused by a virus that is spread person to person by droplets produced when individuals with the flu cough, talk, or sneeze. Symptoms of the flu may include cough, sore throat, tiredness, fever, body aches or…
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