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Vaccine refusal linked to large whooping cough outbreak

Monday, September 30, 2013, 9:44 AM
Vaccine refusal played a role in the large whooping cough outbreak of 2010 in California, found a study released today online from Pediatrics. That year, 9,120 cases of whooping cough were reported in California, the most since 1947. In March, I wrote a blog about whooping cough, also known as pertussis... Read more

Flu vaccination Q&A: What's new this year?

Monday, September 2, 2013, 12:05 AM
Once again, school has begun and our thoughts turn to one thing…the flu. Every year, the world is treated to this wintertime malady and health policy officials along with pediatricians urge parents to protect their children through vaccination. This annual ritual raises a lot of questions.... Read more

Summer viruses: Is my child at risk?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
“To everything there is a season,” and this applies to viruses as well. In the winter, children are confronted with viruses that cause respiratory disease, such as rhinovirus, and gastrointestinal disease, such as norovirus. In the summer, a group of viruses called enteroviruses appear... Read more

Traveling abroad this summer? See your doc first

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:05 AM
Planning a trip abroad for the summer? Consider potential health risks that may lurk at your destination. It’s important to check with your doctor to find out what precautions, such as vaccines or medications, can help protect your family. Here’s why. While virtually nonexistent in the... Read more

What are the signs of tick borne illnesses?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 10:13 AM
Last month, we talked about how to properly remove ticks and when to seek medical attention. Here's a more indepth look at tick borne dieases specific to our area. As warmer weather approaches, ticks begin to appear in wooded areas. These insects adhere to both people and pets. A small percentage... Read more

Whooping cough Q&A: What do I need to know?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 10:38 AM
Whooping cough is making a comeback. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 41,000 cases last year in the United States, the highest level in decades. One reason for these numbers could be that immunity from the vaccine diminishes each year after the fifth dose is given to children... Read more

Norovirus: Is my child at risk?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 9:32 AM
It’s not only the flu striking hard this year. A new strain of norovirus is the cause of over 50 percent of outbreaks that began last fall. It is one of the most common causes of food borne diarrheal disease outbreaks. Norovirus outbreaks originate with contaminated food, and usually occur in... Read more

Vaccines: Know the basics

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 10:51 AM
In 1912, diphtheria killed 1,812 of every 100,000 American children. Measles killed 700 of every 100,000. Meningitis killed 1,150 of every 100,000 kids. Fast-forward to last year, when zero American children died of diphtheria or measles in 2011 – and the mortality rate for meningitis was approximately... Read more

Kids' colds: When to see the doctor

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:32 PM
Today we welcome another regular contributor to the Healthy Kids blog: Stephen C. Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A., Waldo E. Nelson Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Aronoff is a specialist in infectious diseases, and he gets started with one of the most common of all:... Read more
About this blog
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.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

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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