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  I belong to a Facebook group for local moms. Conversations sometimes get heated. (That’s putting it mildly.) Last week one of the women posted asking for opinions. Her pediatrician broached the subject of the Gardasil shot for her 9-year-old. What did all the other moms think, she wanted to know. Gardasil, for those who [...]

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Today the American Academy of Pediatrics reported on a study (seventh story from the top) — Washington State Pediatricians’ Attitudes towards Alternative Childhood Immunization Schedules — which appears in the December 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the organization’s journal. The study asked 209 Washington State pediatricians about their overall willingness and “comfort” to use an alternative [...]

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Honey for a Cough

This summer was what I will always refer to as the Summer of the Great Cough. Big Girl started coughing on and off all day and night in July and didn’t stop coughing until after labor day. And when I say coughing, I mean COUGHING. Like you have never heard before. Coughing fits that came [...]

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I was at a mommy and me class today when a woman cornered me. “I know you’re so into this stuff. I have to ask you. Did you know that this year’s flu shot contains the H1N1 virus? I asked if there was a version without it and there isn’t!” This girl, who gave her [...]

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Vaccine War? Not Really

Full disclosure: I did not see PBS’s The Vaccine War. I was asleep by the time it came on, a rarity for me. But I did read many of the blog posts about its production and editing. The producers went out and interviewed two doctors — M.D.s — who aren’t necessarily for or against vaccines. [...]

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Making the Right Choice

We all make choices for our kids. We try and make the right ones. Sometimes the choices work out okay. Sometimes they suck. I am just back from the emergency room because of a few choices I made. I am sad and upset. We went away to Woodloch Pines this past weekend. We had been [...]

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This blog post is late. Should have been up this morning — I typically write the night before and schedule them to post automatically. However, my husband had his fourth surgery yesterday so I didn’t write last night. I’m glad I didn’t. This morning I made a big parenting mistake, and I’d love to hear [...]

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It has taken me almost 100 posts before tacking this highly charged subject. I didn’t want anyone to think I was anti-medicine or even anti-vaccine. I’m not, but an email I got last night is forcing my hand. The email was pretty inflammatory — emails on either side of the vaccine debate usually are. The [...]

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