Stories about: Seasonal flu vaccine

The end of summer means the start of flu season

Come on, folks, roll up your sleeves—and your kids’ sleeves, too. Summer’s officially over and it’s time for the flu shot.

Every year, I’m caught off guard by how many people don’t want to get a flu shot. There are lots of people who are happy to get them—anxious, even—but I’m always surprised by how much I end up being a flu shot salesman.

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Health headlines: Deafness, IVF and the new flu vaccine

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New York’s soda tax could bring in $222 million. [Read Children’s obesity expert’s take on artificially sweetened beverages.] Chronic health conditions are increasing in children. If your child’s grandparents are babysitting regularly, it’s more likely your kid will be overweight. Bone-anchored hearing aids help kids with single-side deafness.

The best way to keep your kids vaccinations up-to-date is to keep a shot card. [Read about the updated immunization schedule.] Rapid flu tests are most accurate for young children. The new seasonal flu vaccine will contain an H1N1 strain.

Teens might exercise more if they think it’s fun. Video games aren’t the cause for your teen’s headaches. Tired teens are more prone to car crashes. A lack of morning light can cause irregular sleep for teens. {Read how late bedtimes affect teens mental health.]

Preemie twins may face lower risks of certain complications versus single preemie babies. Does an adult’s health differ when they’re an IVF baby? Bilingualism may begin in the womb. The average birth weight in the United States in on the decline.

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H1N1 vaccination starts at Children's

Eleven year-old Kerimal Suriel receives an H1N1 swine flu vaccine at Children's on October 7, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Eleven year-old Kerimal Suriel receives an H1N1 swine flu vaccine at Children's on October 7, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Children’s Hospital Boston received and started distributing its first doses of the mist version of the H1N1 vaccine yesterday. A photographer from Reuters was on hand to capture the moment. Watch the audio slideshow he put together.

While you’re here, check out why one of our ICU physicians believes everyone should vaccinate their children against H1N1, why Children’s CEO James Mandell, MD, believes it’s every health care worker’s responsibility to get vaccinated against both types of flu, what a Children’s physician has to say about thimerosal, squalene and Guillain-Barre and a new iPhone app that lets you track disease outbreaks in real-time.

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