Texas recently became the second state to confirm a local transmission of the Zika virus, and the news comes at the heels of a disturbing new study showing babies infected by the virus that appear healthy at birth may develop defects as they grow older. The case in Texas, found in a non-pregnant female in … Continue reading Some Zika-related defects show up months after babies’ birth
It’s that time of year again, when we’re all being urged to get our flu shots. Many moms-to-be often ask me whether it’s safe for them to get vaccinated. The answer is yes, it is safe, and it’s strongly recommended no matter where you are in your pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to get … Continue reading Should pregnant women get the flu shot?
It’s that time of year again. And with the beginning of every flu season, misinformation and myths about the flu vaccine begin to circulate, making it difficult to dissect fact from fiction. So why should someone consider getting vaccinated against the flu? “Statistics show that influenza (flu) is one of the major causes of illness and even death during the cold … Continue reading Why should you get a flu shot?
In response to a growing tuberculosis epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling health experts worldwide to make better strides towards saving lives affected by the deadly respiratory infection. Tuberculosis is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide, according to recent data from the WHO. “There must be a massive scale-up of efforts, … Continue reading Researchers develop first-ever tuberculosis treatment for children
As an OB/GYN, I have seen and dealt with the consequences of HPV-related disease and have been very vocal about aggressively promoting vaccination. I have vaccinated my own children against HPV and make it a habit to educate my patients who are mothers of preteens/teens to consider the HPV vaccine for their children. But we are still seeing too many … Continue reading HPV vaccine: To give or not to give
Over the past month, reports and rumors have been swirling about the Zika virus. Whenever there is fear of a disease, it is important to first know the facts. Here are a few questions you may have about the Zika virus, answered by health experts. What is the virus, and what does it cause? The … Continue reading 3 big questions you may have about the Zika virus
The recent travel advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning tourists of the heightened outbreak of the Zika virus. Although the Zika virus has never been contracted in the United States, one of the first cases reported into Temple, Texas, was remarkably reported by a provider at Baylor Scott … Continue reading Two doctors recall first-hand experience with Zika virus
After recent reports of West Nile mosquitoes, residents throughout Texas should take caution to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection. Although there are some misconceptions about West Nile, the August 4th release from the Texas Department of State Health Services reported nine total cases of West Nile this year, with three suffering … Continue reading Take caution to avoid mosquitoes, recent West Nile cases confirmed
The recent measles outbreak is a stark reminder that diseases we once thought were conquered have the ability to reignite without proper precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported 141 cases in 17 states, including Texas, this year through Feb. 13. Most of the cases appear to be linked to people who contracted the … Continue reading The truth about the measles outbreak and vaccinations
It is a common misconception that flu season occurs only during the winter. But it actually starts in October and can last until May. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), about 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year. In addition, the recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland reminds … Continue reading Reduce chance of flu, measles infections with 5 simple steps