Quick - how many people do you know with the flu? This flu season, it seems like the answer is, “All of them. Literally all of the people I know.” And despite your best efforts to keep it out of your house, your little one comes home from school with the flu. Here are some steps you can take at home to help her feel more comfortable after she’s seen her pediatrician.
You may not know a lot about the human papillomavirus (HPV) – a sexually transmitted infection that often goes away by itself, but can lead to long-lasting damage, including certain types of cancers. You’re not alone. A lot of parents I talk to have misinformation, partially correct information, or just flat-out wrong information about the virus and the vaccine that can prevent it. This is a serious issue, considering that 4-out-of-5 people have HPV at some point during their lives. Vaccination can help prevent the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend boys and girls get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. Unfortunately, myths and rumors shared on social media, blogs, and alternative health websites make claims that may scare away parents and their children from this life-saving vaccine. Here are some of the myths patients have come to me about concerning the HPV vaccine.