| Sep 28, 2014
| 12:35 PM
No time passes faster than summer vacation. That means it is never too early to think about back-to-school immunizations for the kids.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties have revved up their...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 3:40 PM
During my recent annual physical examination, my physician cautioned me about the whooping cough epidemic in Newport Beach. Given this unbelievably bad news, I had a Tdap booster vaccination against pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus.
Why is there a...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:55 PM
Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to protect your child against dangerous infectious diseases. Thanks to immunizations, polio, diphtheria and tetanus (lockjaw) have almost disappeared in the United States, and each year vaccines save an...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:30 PM
When Jeannie Entin was pregnant, she insisted that anyone who planned to visit her newborn baby first get a booster shot to ward off whooping cough.
Entin knew the mandate would cause some eye rolling. Already, family members suspected she was reading...
| May 16, 2014
| 2:16 PM
The California Department of Public Health warned Friday that 1,711 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, were reported in the state in the first four months of 2014 -- more than three times the number of cases in the same period in 2013.
| May 6, 2014
It seems the "anti-vaccine" movement is still alive and well and has become a hot topic on Twitter and Facebook again. Unfortunately, much of what I've read on these sites seems to be inaccurate and based on a lot of emotion and very little science....
| Jul 19, 2014
| 5:06 PM
It's always dismaying when seemingly rational, intelligent people make incomprehensible decisions.
Such is the case when parents ignore reams of scientific data, demonstrable real-world evidence and expert advice by choosing to forgo standard...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Starting middle school comes with a whole host of worries -- going to a new school, picking electives, making friends -- but coming down with whooping cough doesn’t need to be one of them.
For incoming 7th grade students in the Los Angeles Unified...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:09 PM
The number of people who have found God in the last 10 years has risen dramatically.
That is, if we're talking about people who cite religion for exempting their school-age kids from state-required vaccinations.
But that trend isn't about faith.
| Jun 26, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Los Angeles County has already logged 345 confirmed and probable cases of pertussis this year, health officials said Thursday.
The county's Department of Public Health is also investigating 356 "suspect cases" of the contagious and potentially deadly...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:00 PM
California's pertussis epidemic has escalated, state health officials said Friday, with 4,558 cases reported this year as of Tuesday — 1,100 of those in the last two weeks.
"We are off to a really bad start in 2014," said state epidemiologist...