TIP Talk

Tuesday July 3, 2018

Vaccines Make for Safe, Healthy, Happy Travels

It’s the season for making summer plans, which often include travel to delightful and sometimes exotic foreign destinations. You also might have kids who are heading off on student exchange programs or adventure tours overseas. In either case, you’re probably busy nailing down the best deals on air travel, checking whether you have the right clothes for your destination and making sure your passport is up to date. There’s something else that needs to be up to date for travel: your vaccinations. This needs your attention right now.

Monday July 2, 2018

What Exactly is a Pandemic? The CDC Tells Us.

On the 100th anniversary of the terrible flu pandemic of 1918 that is believed to have killed between 50 and 100 million people worldwide, it's natural to stop and wonder: What exactly is a pandemic? Is it just a bad year of the regular, seasonal flu?

Tuesday June 12, 2018

A Sad New Record in Flu Deaths

It is beyond saddening to report that our nation reached a new record that no one wanted to see: The number of children who died of the flu this past season reached 172, the highest number ever recorded, excluding pandemics. That number was one ahead of the 171 children who died during the 2012-13 flu season.

Wednesday June 6, 2018

The Importance of a Doctor's Words in HPV Vaccination

An important new study conducted in Texas offers a hopeful message about overcoming parents’ objections to the human papilloma vaccine for their teenagers and preteens. It shows that doctors who take a persistent approach with vaccine-hesitant parents have much more success gaining their agreement to vaccinate their children.

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