Vaccinations

11:22am

Tue June 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Summertime And Healthy Kids Are Never Easy

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 11:23 am

Dr. Robert Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, makes his opinion about the group crystal clear on his Twitter feed.
Twitter

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a chat on Twitter with pediatrician Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Search for the hashtag #nprkids. We'll be tweeting from @NPRHealth with @DrBobBlock for about a half-hour.

Read more
Tags: 

9:48am

Thu May 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Call For Emergency Action On Polio Eradication

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 12:04 pm

A Pakistani man wheels Jamshid, an 8-year-old girl with polio, around the outskirts of the capital Islamabad last July.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

The drive to wipe polio from the face of the earth is in jeopardy.

Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only three countries left where poliovirus remains endemic. But work to put the paralyzing virus on the ropes there is in danger of failing. Cases in all three countries jumped last year.

Weak public health systems, armed conflicts and corruption have hurt vaccination efforts. Now leading public health officials have proposed an emergency plan of action to get things back on track..

Read more
Tags: 

1:40am

Mon April 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Swaddling and Shushing Help Soothe Babies After Vaccinations

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:57 am

I could use some shushing and swaddling right about now.
iStockphoto.com

Imagine you're a happy baby, off with your folks to visit the doctor.

"They're probably thinking, 'Oh hi everybody, hi!' and suddenly — boom! A shot," says John Harrington, a pediatrician in Norfolk, Va.

Who wouldn't scream at that?

But Harrington says that the same techniques used to soothe a fussy baby can also help an infant overcome the pain of vaccinations.

Read more

9:28am

Tue April 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Sebelius To Lend Support To Vaccination Projects In Haiti

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 10:34 am

Rice farmer Alexi Rochnel shows his blank cholera vaccination card. April is the beginning of Haiti's rainy season, which will likely intensify Haiti's cholera outbreak.
John W. Poole NPR

10:01pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

In Haiti, Bureaucratic Delays Stall Mass Cholera Vaccinations

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:56 am

Joseph Francis, 54, says he came to this cholera clinic in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince,after becoming so dehydrated he could barely walk. Cholera has killed more than 7,000 Haitians since the first outbreak of the disease in October 2010. At the start of the rainy season, cases are once again beginning to climb.
John W. Poole NPR

A hundred thousand people in Haiti are ready and waiting to get vaccinated against cholera.

The vaccine is sitting in coolers. Vaccination teams are all trained. Willing recipients are registered and entered into databases.

The impending mass vaccination project aims to show that vaccinating against cholera is feasible in Haiti. It has never been done in the midst of an ongoing cholera epidemic. So far, more than 530,000 Haitians have fallen ill with cholera, and more than 7,000 have died.

Read more

Pages