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Mar 28 2013

Can we move past the #Autism and #Vaccine debate?


I set up a poll on my Facebook page asking if people would be willing to move past the vaccine debate and not so much on the why but instead focus on supporting those already impacted.

Most people have said they want to see us stop worrying so much about why Autism happens and spend the time and energy once used to argue over vaccines on something more important.

I thought it would be interesting to  see if you, my readers, are willing to spend less time on the same old pointless debate about what causes Autism, and instead redirect your energy in a positive way? Are you will to focus on how we help those already affected?

Is the community ready to move forward?

Your opinion is really important to me and I wanted to see where you folks stood. 


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Jan 19 2013

Operation Flu #Vaccine 2013: Successful


I wanted to let everyone know that the boys have been successfully vaccinated for the 2013 flu season.

Our pediatricians office was holding a flu clinic and there was a huge turn out.

Emmett was able to receive the nasal mist. Elliott on the other hand needed the shot because he has asthma and asthma and the nasal mist don’t play well together.

Despite Elliott being nervous, he did really well and I’m really proud of him for being so brave.

Emmett wasn’t nervous at all and did great as well.

I’m really glad that the turnout was so good. The more people vaccinated, the better the vaccine work.



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Jan 19 2013

Operation Flu Shot 2013


This morning we are on a mission to get the boys their flu shot. I’m a firm believer in vaccinating my boys in order to protect then from deadly diseases that are now in the rise and claiming the life of way too many children.

This year, the flu is a huge problem and Lizze and I have protected the boys by getting the flu shot ourselves and now its their turn.

I don’t think that this is going to go over very well but it’s a very necessary evil,especially with Elliott’s asthma and Gavin’s compromised immune system.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Jan 18 2013

Flu shots this weekend


Elliott woke up this morning going with a fever.  It’s a low grade one but it’s enough to require him to stay home. He seems fine and is otherwise asymptomatic.

However, a fever is a fever and he can’t go to school.

The other thing is that the boys are getting their flu vaccines in the morning and Elliott will need to checked out before getting his, to make sure he’s not sick.

Fevers, especially low grade ones, can come and go for no reason at all.

Schools have a policy about this and even if their feeling fine, they are required to stay home, just to be sure.  These are cases where it’s more of a technicality than anything else.

Anyway, he seems fine and issues feeling well enough to fight with Emmett.

I really hope that we can go through with the flu vaccine because the flu is really, really bad this year and I don’t want anything to happen to them, if it could be prevented.

Our pediatrician is very conservative and won’t vaccinate if he has any concerns.

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Jan 12 2013

Has your family had its flu shot?


I was wondering, with the new of this year’s flu hitting epidemic proportions, has your family had their flu shot?

This isn’t about judgement or anything like that.  I’m just wondering what your reasons for either getting the flu shot or not.

Are your reasons based on personal beliefs or is it a financial issue?

I just want to better understand what’s going on.  :-)


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Aug 31 2012

Will you be vaccinating for Whooping Cough?


With Whooping Cough coming back with a vengeance,  the CDC now recommends booster shots in order to help keep you and your family safe. 

Whooping cough has already been declared epidemics on the west coast and most of the USA is reporting significant increases in infections. 

I want to get a feel for how the community is reacting to this advice. 

Are you concerned about Whooping Cough? Have you spoken with your doctor to get the facts?  Do you think that you will get vaccinated?  What about your kids?

How do you feel about this in general?

Please keep this respectful and treat each other with respect.  :-)

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Aug 30 2012

CDC recommends booster shots for whooping cough outbreak


CDC recommends booster shots for whooping cough outbreak. Courtesy of Fox News

I talked about Whooping Cough the other day but hadn’t realized just how bad things have gotten. More states have declared a Whooping Cough epidemic and majority of the USA has reported significant increases in cases. This is really scary. This is the article from Fox News. You can follow the above link for the original article.

If you thought whooping cough went the way of beriberi and other 19th-century diseases with fanciful names, think again. Whooping cough is back with a vengeance with the worse outbreak in the United States in 50 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of this month, 46 states have reported increases in cases compared with 2011.

The state of Washington has declared an epidemic with more than 3,000 reported cases. Since the start of July the total number of U.S. cases for 2012 has climbed from approximately 18,000 to 22,000, according to the CDC. The total reflects twice the number of cases seen this time last year. The reason, in part, is a drop in vaccination rates and, some speculate, a weaker vaccine.

The CDC and other health authorities recommend that older children, in particular, receive a booster shot before returning to school. Most adults need one, too. [5 Dangerous Vaccination Myths] Get a shot, spare a rib The aptly named whooping cough — known medically as pertussis (Latin for “thorough cough”) and colloquially as the 100-day cough — is a high-pitch, rib-cracking cough that can last for more than two months and is often fatal among infants.

Thirteen people, mostly children, have died so far this year from whooping cough in the United States, according to the CDC, and the situation will likely get worse The pertussis vaccine is largely effective in preventing the disease, and this usually is packaged in the United States as the DTaP vaccine, short for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis. The CDC recommends that children get five doses of this vaccine staggered between ages 2 months The good news is that primary coverage is rather high. The CDC estimates that 95 percent of U.S. children receive the first three doses, and about 85 percent get the fourth. (Data are lacking on the fifth dose.) The bad news is that 5 percent of children, or millions of individuals, are not vaccinated at all, for reasons that include moral objections to vaccines or poor access to healthcare.

These children are vulnerable to and potential carriers of the pertussis bacteria. “Individuals who are not vaccinated against whooping cough have eight times the risk of infection compared to people who are fully vaccinated, [and] vaccination rates have steadily declined over recent years,” said Heidi Renner, assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The combination of falling vaccination rates, lack of full vaccination, and waning immunity means that most Americans are vulnerable, Renner said. “Shockingly, only 8.2 percent of U.S. adults have received the recommended pertussis booster,” Renner told LiveScience. However, whooping cough’s steady resurgence is a bit of a mystery among doctors. In a letter published last week in the British Medical Journal, Douglas Jenkinson, a retired physician who studied the disease for decades, attributed the increase to better diagnosis and reporting.

And earlier this month in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, James Cherry, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, suggested that the current DTaP vaccine is weaker than the DTP vaccine used two decades ago. [7 Devastating Infectious Diseases] Cherry called the current vaccine a “failure” in his editorial, adding “it is time to recognize the successes of the past and to implement new studies and direction for the control of pertussis in the future.” Booster now crucial Nevertheless, vaccines are the best prevention against whooping cough. With the 2012 outbreak, the CDC is recommending that all children ages 11 to 12 years receive a DTaP booster. Adolescents and adults should consider the one-dose Tdap vaccine. This is a slightly different formulation of DTaP, but also for diphtheria, tetanus and Although approximately 300,000 people worldwide die annually from whooping cough, according to the World Health Organization, the disease usually isn’t deadly for most American adults. Nevertheless, if infected, you could transmit the disease to someone more vulnerable. Also, whooping cough is not something to take lightly or to simply soldier through as you would a tough winter cold. Children may miss weeks of school; adults may miss weeks of work.

And no lozenge will tame that painful 100-day cough.



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