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Entries in Vaccines (2)


In the News: Vaccine Safety!!

A very important study in the world of pediatrics came out this past week in the Journal of Pediatrics. Vaccines and the potential link to autism is a hot topic in the media as well as in the pediatric office, as parents often express concern over vaccine administration and whether or not vaccines contribute to the development of autism. As pediatricians, most of us feel confident that there is no link between the two, and this recent study shows some more powerful evidence to support this.

Dr. Frank DeStefano and team compared vaccine administration in two groups – those with autism and those without. Specifically, they were interested in the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system to protect the body from infection (known as the “antigen”). For each child, they counted the number of antigens that were administered via vaccines from birth until age 2. When comparing the groups of autistic children with normal developing children, there was no difference in the number of antigens they had received. This suggests that the effect of these vaccines on the immune system does not contribute to the development of autism. Perhaps even more importantly, it did not seem to matter how many antigens a child received on a specific day, further supporting that children should stick to the recommended schedule. Even Autism Speaks, a prominent autism advocacy organization, acknowledges this study as reassuring, given the good evidence provided.

Another very interesting point that was highlighted in the study is that the number of antigens in vaccines today has decreased drastically compared to those in the 1990’s. Even though children receive more vaccines than they did two decades ago, their immune systems are stimulated even less! Keep in mind that children are exposed to tons of germs on a daily basis – FAR more than what they receive in these vaccines.

NPR and USA Today did excellent stories on this study and hot topic, and I encourage you to check them out for more information (the audio story on NPR is great too).

The reality is that vaccines are one of the best studied areas of medicine today and they have effectively prevented millions of deaths per year! We have significantly decreased (if not almost eradicated) many of the diseases and illnesses that killed children no less than 20 years ago. The more we decrease vaccination rates, the more we run the risk of these awful diseases returning. Vaccines are much like wearing a seatbelt in the car – protect your children (and yourself too) now to prevent deadly consequences later!


Twin City Peds News: Fall is here (and so are our Flu Vaccines)

It's that time of year again..... school is in full swing, beautiful autumn leaves are falling, pumpkins await carving, and flu vaccines have arrived at Twin City Peds.

Are you wondering if you should give the flu vaccine to your child? If so, the answer is a resounding YES! Check out some wonderful resources online that answer many frequently asked questions about the flu shot. And if you still have reservations, please let your doctor know so we have an opportunity to address your concerns and answer your questions.

Given how important we feel it is for kids to be immunized against the flu, we try to make it as easy on our families as possible to get the vaccine. This year, we have set aside several dates in the next few weeks to host our Flu Vaccine Clinics. The schedule is as follows:

Maplewood Office Flu Vaccine Clinic Dates

Thursday October 11 and Thursday October 25 from 1PM-5PM
"No Flu" Drive Thru Dates
(at the Medical Park office - see our website for traffic instructions)
Sunday October 7th and Sunday November 11th from 1:00pm-4:00pm

This is a fantastic (and fast) way to get your children immunized Please note, only the flu mist will be available at these clinics. Children 2 years old and older who do not have a chronic health condition can receive flu mist (also if your child is less than 5 years old and has asthma or had an episode of wheezing in the past year, they can not receive the flu mist). Children ages 6 months to 2 years should receive the flu shot instead. Consent forms for these vaccines can be found on our website (scroll to the bottom of the page). Please bring a completed and signed consent form with you to the clinic.
Please schedule online at and click on Make an Appointment for a Flu Vaccine Clinic.