Posts Tagged: vaccine

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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What you need to know about chicken pox

Ask an adult over age 30 about the chicken pox and many will immediately start to feel a little itchy and uncomfortable. These itchy adults can often tell you their story about the week they missed school. They can also recall their parents scolding them every time they went to scratch because a parent never…
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What’s new in cervical cancer treatment?

The last five years has been an exciting time in cervical cancer research and prevention. First, the 9-strain vaccine was approved in 2014 for use in girls and boys age 9-26. This is an improvement from the 4-strain vaccine. It will cover more strains of HPV that can cause cervical dysplasia and cancer, and has…
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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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