Flu Deaths | Prevention with Vaccine

The 2012-2013 Flu season started & peaked earlier than it typically does with cases documented as early as September 2012 and peaking in December 2012. In addition, The past Flu season brought had a higher death rate for both seniors and children. 149 documented children's death occurred due to Flu. This is about 3 times higher than the average season....more

Why I'm Not Willing to Play Vaccine Russian Roulette With My Child

Someone I respect immensely recently had a very visceral negative reaction when I posted the attached graphic on my personal Facebook page.  She is not yet a mother, but I respect her position and her right to express the following:...more

How Vaccines Went from Life-Saving to Dangerous

It is very easy for us to forget how thoroughly modern medicine has changed our lives. We no longer have to fear for ourselves and our family as plague tears through the community. Infectious disease is no longer the main cause of death in America and Europe, as it once was. In large part we have to thank vaccination for this miraculous progress. So why do so many people continue feeling nervous about vaccines? ...more
I got Rheumatoid Arthritis from a measles vaccine.  My husband got Polio from a Polio Vaccine ...more

Measles & Vaccines: Giving The Gift of Health

Despite the retraction and correction of the claim that the MMR vaccine had been linked to autism, popular support for vaccination has decreased and, coupled with recent measles outbreaks in Africa, Europe and India, the World Health Organization estimates that the fatalities will begin rising by 500,000 each year, completely destroying the progress that has been made against the disease since the 1980s by next year. ...more
@avflox In follow-up, here is a great visual (not scientific) example regarding the importance ...more

Why Every Last Mother & Child Needs a Flu Shot

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and Every Child by Two and Families Fighting Flu are working hard to ensure that families, parents, and individuals are exposed to the most current influenza immunization information, the specific trends of this flu season, and the facts about influenza vaccines for children, pregnant women, and health care workers. ...more
WOW. So sorry for your loss. I had no idea this was such a problem.more

Flu shot, should we or shouldn't we?

After the birth of my second child 11 days ago, the nurse asked whether our family had our flu shots for the upcoming winter season. It was suggested that we all get the shot in order to keep the nasty flu away from the newest member of our family....more

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) on the Rise in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), last year, more than 21,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with whooping cough.  This is the highest rate of whooping cough that the U.S....more

Supreme Court Protects Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

The VICP was established as part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act in 1986.  In essence, this provides families with financial compensation for injury proven to be caused by a vaccine.  It also protects ...more

Two Autism Studies Open the Door to More Questions

Two recent autism-focused studies have generated both discussion and hope: one on early autism diagnosis using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests, and the other on mitochondrial function in people with autism. The first study used imaging to detect differences in the brains of autistic males compared to non-autistic males, while the second identified differences in mitochondrial function between autistic and non-autistic children. Both open doors to more research and to intriguing possibilities for diagnosis and therapies, but neither resolves the question of whether these differences exist because of autism, or whether autism exists because of these differences. ...more

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How to Keep Your Family From Getting You Sick Over the Holidays

Sitting around the table, it wasn’t just the occasional family drama that made me cringe. It was the fact that my very own relatives were so distracted by the “good eats” that they forgot to take some simple preventive health measures -– things that could have easily prevented the germs from being passed along with the pumpkin pie. While the seasonal flu may not be very prevalent right now, I couldn’t help but think that it’s only a matter of time. While the flu is known to come on as quickly as our post-turkey comas, it’s symptoms are much more severe. Therefore, in an effort to prevent the flu from ruining future family gatherings, I thought I’d share some simple stay-healthy tips. ...more