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Are Vaccines Safe?

Posted Posted by Jill Roberson, MD in Uncategorized     Comments No comments
Nov
8

“Are vaccines safe?”  is a typical question asked of me on a dilay basis.  If you follow my blog, you may have noticed my reluctance to discuss the issue of vaccines.  My avoidance of the subject is not due to my belief in the benefits of vaccines, but due to the emotion surrounding the controversy.

I find it ironic that just the other day, an organization called my office with a new program  they are “pitching” to all North Carolina Pediatricians.  This organization wants our offices to collect a donation from parents in order to pay for vaccines for children in third world countries.  Just ironic.

To answer the question, “Are vaccines safe?”:  You should be reassured there is rigorous testing of vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration.  Yes, vaccines are safe.

As with any medical management, there can be side effects.  The benefits far outweigh the risks.  My career spans the the introduction of many of the vaccines.  For one thing, I am so thankful for the HiB vaccine.  So much disease and mortality has been prevented by this vaccine.

There it is.  I have officially thrown my hat into the ring on the side of vaccinations for children.

Coping with a Fussy Baby

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Nov
7

Infant Developmental Milestones

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Nov
3

This is a great synopsis of infant development and developmental milestones.

Soothing crying baby

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Oct
21

Soothing crying baby

Simple Steps to Handle a Toddler Temper Tantrum

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Oct
11

A quick podcast with suggestions for actions to take the next time your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store.  Take these simple steps and everyone there will think you’re the best mom ever.

What to do for a Fussy Baby

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Jul
14

Creating a [birth plan]

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Jun
22

Sharecare expert

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Jun
21

I am now an expert on Dr Oz’s website called ShareCare. At this site, you may post medical questions.  I am one of the pediatric experts on his site.

[Vaccinations] When the Baby is Sick

Posted Posted by Jill Roberson, MD in Uncategorized     Comments No comments
Jun
21

I get questions form parents almost daily regarding vaccinations when the baby is sick.  If the infant has a cold, mild upper respiratory infection or mild gastrointestinal virus, there is no reason to postpone the vaccinations.  Minor illnesses do not increase any risk of a reaction to the vaccination.  If the temperature is less than 100.5 F, it is quite alright to go ahead with the scheduled immunizations.

On the other hand, if the temperature is above 100.5F and the child looks like he does not feel well it may be prudent to postpone any vaccinations.  For one thing, we do not want to cloud the picture and be unsure if  fever that may come in the next 24 hours is due to an adverse reaction to the vaccines or just part of the illness.

Any time your child runs a fever after vaccination, you should report the symptoms to your health care provider.

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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease in Toddlers

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Jun
20