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Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

Posted 10/5/2017 by UHBlog

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

No one can live in a bubble to avoid cold and flu season.

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The Importance of Vaccines

Posted 3/22/2017 by UHBlog

The Importance of Vaccines

Concerned parents should know that childhood vaccines are proven to be safe and effective at preventing a number of serious diseases.

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Vaccinations Aren’t Just for Kids

Posted 3/21/2017 by UHBlog

Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids

It is important for older adults to get vaccines that can prevent them from developing serious illnesses..

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Sting of Shingles

Posted 11/15/2015 by UHBlog

Do you have questions about whether you should be vaccinated against shingles? Talk to us. The pain of being pounded by defensive linemen over a 14-year football career was nothing like the agony of shingles, insists Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw on an informational video. That says a lot. According to internal medicine specialist George Topalsky, MD, patients ask whether getting the shingles vaccine is a good idea. In a word: Yes, especially if you want to avoid ongoing pain. “...

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What You Need to Know About Pneumonia

Posted 10/20/2015 by UHBlog

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its pneumococcal vaccination recommendations? See us for advice. Last year, new pneumonia vaccination recommendations for adults ages 65 and older went into effect. The new health guidelines advise older adults to get two separate vaccines, says geriatric medicine specialist Taryn Lee, MD. “The new recommendations went into effect in September 2014, but many patients were waiting for their insurance to catch up,...

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Take the Well Flu Quiz

Posted 10/14/2015 by UHBlog

Ready to arm yourself against influenza? We can help. It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the flu. Otherwise, you could put yourself and loved ones in jeopardy of catching this potentially serious virus. “I like to say that prevention is the best intervention because flu can cause up to 36,000 deaths a year,” says internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD. “The hallmark of the flu is muscle aches and fever. You can also get headaches, nonpro...

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5 Myths About the Flu Vaccine and Why You Should Get One Anyway

Posted 9/1/2015 by UHBlog

Ready to arm yourself against influenza? Make an appointment today. The fever, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose and fatigue associated with influenza – commonly known as the flu – can sideline you for several days or, in some cases, develop into something more serious. Consider these statistics: Up to 20 percent of the population contracts the flu annually 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in individuals 65 years or older Between 3,000 and 49,...

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The Truth About Vaccines

Posted 2/20/2015 by UHBlog

Getting vaccinated is an important form of preventive care. Make your child's appointment today. Studies show that childhood vaccines are effective at preventing diseases, but recent media attention is causing a lot of debate. "Because I am a pediatrician, mother and self-described 'greenie,' I think it's important I add my voice to this topic, especially for my fellow environmentally conscious parents who may have questions or concerns about vaccines," says pediatrician Aparna Bole, MD, who is...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: Information about vaccines for the environmentally conscious parent

Posted 9/4/2014 by UHBlog

Dr. Aparna Bole is the manager of sustainability at UH, a pediatrician at UH Rainbow and a mom of two young girls. There has been quite a bit of debate in popular media about childhood vaccines. However, the science is unequivocal: childhood vaccines, administered according to the CDC-recommended schedule, are safe and effective. Yet concerns persist from parents who are like me: concerned about avoiding unnecessary chemical exposures in their kids and who seek natural approaches to persona...

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Vaccines for Tweens and Teens

Posted 5/20/2014 by UHBlog

These days, many parents don’t realize just how important it is to make sure their kids are properly vaccinated. Immunizations are one of the greatest achievements of modern science, protecting people from fatal and debilitating diseases like polio, measles and rubella. University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatrician Keith Ponitz, MD, explains that a vaccine is part of a virus or bacteria that causes the body to develop an immune reaction. “When we ge...

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