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 something that has touched many of us personally or someone we care about. It’s a disease we face every day with patients throughout Baylor Scott & White Health, guiding them through treatment and seeking innovative options for patients in our research centers. And it’s the focus of a documentary that aired this week on … Continue reading A National Cancer Conversation
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
More than a dozen NHL hockey players have reportedly been diagnosed with the mumps in recent weeks, prompting obvious questions about how and why the disease is spreading among the athletes. (USA Today reports today that three more players have been added to the NHL’s list of mumps cases.) We asked Steven Davis, M.D., the medical director … Continue reading Why is NHL facing unprecedented mumps outbreak?
There are early indications that this year’s flu season could be severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s largely because the variants of the flu virus that many patients are catching are different from this season’s vaccine virus, the CDC says. Says the CDC: So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been … Continue reading 5 flu and vaccine facts you need to know
Keeping up with yearly vaccines might seem like something you don’t have to worry about in adulthood, but there are several immunizations that people over the age of 19 should be receiving on a regular basis to prevent disease and associated complications. Scott & White internist, John David Myers, MD, said that illnesses like shingles … Continue reading 4 immunizations you should receive in adulthood
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States is experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in nearly 15 years. Hundreds of cases of the highly contagious disease have been reported so far this year in states across the country. Once thought to have gone the way of the Dodo bird, at least … Continue reading Eradicating 4 Myths about Measles
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism. With the uptick in awareness of autism over the past decade, the discussion has also brought with it much confusion. Parents can easily become overwhelmed when trying to process information, so how … Continue reading Understanding Autism: The Path to Erasing Stigma
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Why are diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles making a comeback? Many in North Texas have been surprised to find out that right here in the Metroplex we have seen a huge outbreak of these two diseases with whooping … Continue reading WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?
Shots. Just the sound of the word brings up memories from dreaded doctor visits where a nurse walks in with a tray of vaccines to inject an unsuspecting victim. The best way to look at how vaccines works are to view them as the attempt to mimic a natural immune response that would occur in … Continue reading History of Vaccines and Why You Need Them