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Stephen Aronoff

Choosing a flu vaccine: What's the latest news?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:30 AM
As sure as the leaves fall and the snow flies, flu season is coming around again. In the past, I have tried to make the case for vaccinating your child. This year, three vaccine preparations are available. Which should you choose for your child? Every year a flu vaccine is developed based on the... Read more

What do I need to know about Enterovirus D68?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 9:48 AM
By now, you’ve probably heard of Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68. Twelve states are currently investigating clusters of enterovirus illnesses: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Utah. At the end of August, the Missouri State Health... Read more

What do I need to know about the Chikungunya virus?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:40 AM
Recently, the Chikungunya (pronounced chi-kən-guun-yə) virus – a mosquito-transmitted infection largely indigenous to Africa and Asia – made headlines when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two cases of Chikungunya Fever (CKFV) in Florida that occurred in non-travelers... Read more

What's new with the meningococcal vaccine?

Monday, July 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
The newer meningococcal conjugate vaccine should be used instead of the older meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine for children and teens, according to the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics released online today. Meningococcal disease refers to any illness that is caused... Read more

Should I be concerned about the measles?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the United States currently has the most measles cases in 20 years and the most since homegrown outbreaks were eliminated in 2000. As of May 23, the confirmed case count for 2014 was 288 and growing for 2014, according to the CDC... Read more

What do I need to know about meningitis?

Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16 AM
Bacterial meningitis is a contagious and potentially lethal infection. Recent cases at Princeton and Drexel universities and the infection of an 8-year-old Collegeville elementary school student have raised concerns about the disease across the area. I hope to provide anxious parents with some understanding... Read more

Children and fevers: The myths and facts

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
A child with fever is one of the most complex problems in the field of pediatrics. Unlike adults, children will respond to simple viral infections with spectacular elevations in temperature. The approach to the febrile child varies depending on the child’s age, state of health, and associated... Read more

What's new with the vaccine recommendations this year?

Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:00 AM
Pregnant teens should receive the Tdap vaccine for each pregnancy to protect themselves and their babies against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, preferably during week 27 through week 36 of gestation, regardless of time since previous Td or Tdap vaccine, according to new vaccine recommendations... Read more

Why is over prescribing antibiotics a problem?

Monday, November 18, 2013, 12:05 AM
Today, one in five visits to a pediatric healthcare provider results in a prescription for an antibiotic – this accounts for nearly 50 million antibiotic prescriptions each year in the United States. However, most upper respiratory tract infections – those in the nose, sinuses and throat... Read more

Can the flu be deadly in otherwise healthy children?

Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:05 AM
It’s generally thought that young children and those with high-risk medical conditions are at a higher risk of flu-related complications – which can include pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death. Although it’s not common, the flu can also be fatal in healthy children with no underlying... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI, FACAAI Associate Professor of Medicine in division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UC Davis
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Magee DeFelice, M.D. Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP Director of Integrated Health Care for American Psychological Association
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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