The U.S.’s Recent Measles Outbreak

2019-05-22T13:12:02+00:00 June 19th, 2019|Shots, Wellness|

2019 has seen the highest number of measles cases since 2000, when the viral infection was declared eliminated from the US. As of May 17, 2019, there have been a reported 880 measles cases in 24 states. What Happened? In December of 2018, a measles case was identified in Washington—the first case in 18 years. By March 18th, 2019, 72 measles cases were confirmed in [...]

Flu Shots are Recommended for All Patients 6-Months of Age and Older

2019-02-05T16:24:33+00:00 February 25th, 2019|Shots, Wellness|

A little sniffle here. A little above temperature there. Sure, this happens to children and adult alike. Unfortunately, fever in children or just the common cold may turn out to be something more. The flu has been a cause of deaths to many. Fortunately, this is very preventable through vaccinations. It’s recommended that parents have their kids as young as six months get the shot. [...]

Dealing with Children Who Have a Fear of Vaccination

2019-02-05T15:53:03+00:00 February 18th, 2019|Doctor Visits, Shots|

Does your child tremble at the thought of getting a shot? Fear of needles is actually one of the most common stressors among children. Vaccines help protect children against various illnesses, but that doesn’t change the fact that they hurt. Here are five tips to help make your next visit to the children’s doctor smoother. Be Honest How often have you heard that shots didn’t [...]

What Immunizations do Arizona Schools Require?

2019-01-24T10:47:41+00:00 January 24th, 2019|Health, Kids, Shots, Wellness|

An immunization is the process of making a person resistant to an infectious disease. Immunizations are done to keep the general public safe and healthy. They are especially important in school settings as children are in close proximity of one another for 8 hours a day. Small children, especially, are susceptible to illnesses and infections because their immune systems do not fully develop until they [...]

Why Your Toddler Needs a Flu Shot

2018-11-21T15:39:42+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Baby Care, Doctor Visits, Shots|

It’s flu season, meaning you’re probably surrounded by the following: coughing, runny noses, sore throats, etc. Flus are more than just irritating, however. They can sometimes be deadly. In 2018, Arizona recorded a whopping 523 flu-related deaths. Who’s most at risk? Children under two. How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Flu Shot? A baby has to be at least six months [...]

It’s Not the Common Cold, but it’s More Common Than You Think!

2018-10-12T08:12:51+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Blog, Doctor Visits, Health, Shots|

It’s quite easy to chalk up your child’s illness to the common cold. However, not every cough and stuffy nose indicate a cold. Here are signs you’re dealing with more than the common cold. Allergies If your child’s cold disappears once they step out the house, they might be allergic to something in your home. You may have mold in your walls or layers of [...]

Calming Your Child for Immunizations

2018-05-02T14:53:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Doctor Visits, Shots|

Needles, shots, immunizations, vaccinations, and all of the above can be scary experiences for children. Even some adults are uncomfortable with sharp metal poking through their skin. Taking your child to the doctor for immunizations can often lead to crying fits. There are ways to comfort your child before and during their shot. Before Explain Talk openly and honestly to your child about vaccinations and [...]