• The Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy

    The evidence is overwhelmingly clear: influenza vaccination during pregnancy helps prevent severe adverse events. It is not 100% effective, but when combined with simple measures such as good hand hygiene and…

  • Anatomy of an Anti-Vax Screed

    Every few months, we see another prominent anti-vaccine activist circulate a document that purports to be a scientific document proving that our current administration schedule is dangerous. Every time one of…

  • Aluminum in Vaccines: A Re[Al]ity Check

    “Does that have aluminum in it?” My patient asks. She practically spits out the word, aluminum. I have just finished cleaning the dog bites on both her hands, and I am…

  • Vaccination Policy and the Igon Value Problem

    One of the unmistakable patterns in the public forum debates on vaccination safety and vaccination policy is that the trained health care professionals tend to line up on one side, while…

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    Mumps: Why Bother Caring?

    Oh man, mumps! Washington State is in the midst of a mumps outbreak. We weren’t the first (Arkansas has about 2500 cases), but we’re giving it our best effort! So far…

  • Thinking Through the Vaccine Schedule

    Here’s the scenario. You’ve got a newborn, or you’re going to have one soon. You’ve heard about vaccines. You were vaccinated as a kid and you turned out fine, but the…