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COVID-19 Shots During Pregnancy Help Mom and Baby

Editor’s note: This article originally ran June 14, 2021, and was updated January 26, 2023. Part of living through a pandemic is the reality that doctors and researchers learn about the virus in real time. Recommendations change and knowledge evolves. Thankfully for pregnant women, the answer to an earlier question has become clear: Should pregnant…

Coronavirus, Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Vaccines

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3 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot This Year

Editor’s note: This article originally ran Aug. 30, 2021 and was updated Sept. 4, 2022 and Dec. 13, 2022. This winter is shaping up to be a doozy when it comes to infectious respiratory viruses: COVID-19, RSV and the flu. But other than a COVID-19 booster and washing your hands a lot, what can you…

Cold and Flu, Vaccines

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5 Ways to Fight Viruses Over the Holidays

This story originally ran Nov. 1, 2022, and was updated Dec. 8, 2023. Recently, the most wonderful time of the year has been…complicated. In 2020, it was safest to stay apart from family and friends. In 2021 and 2022, the availability of COVID-19 vaccines made gathering safer, but highly contagious variants were roaring to life.…

Cold and Flu, Coronavirus

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3 Tips to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

This holiday season, many people will want to make up for lost time, traveling to be with their families or to a favorite destination they might not have been able to visit during the height of the pandemic. Of course, COVID-19 is still with us, and still taking the lives of hundreds of Americans each…

Cold and Flu, Coronavirus, Medical Tips

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Testosterone: High or Low, What’s the Big Deal?

Have you seen the TV commercials for testosterone boosters? They’ll make you think these over-the-counter products will have your muscles bulging and your sex drive humming. Some commercials say that the supplements will help you become “the man you used to be.” But you’d be hard-pressed to find a urologist recommending these gimmicky, untested products.…

Men's Health

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8 Tips for Car Seat Safety at Every Age and Size

It’s a statistic that no parent wants to think about: Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1 to 13, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It’s no surprise that keeping your child buckled in a car seat or booster seat is the best way to…

Babies, Children's Health, Safety, Toddlers and Preschoolers

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How to Protect Your Immunocompromised Child from Infection

Everyone gets sick once in a while. Fortunately, our bodies have amazing immune systems to fight off bacteria and viruses that make us feel bad. But when a child’s immune system is weakened because of another illness or medicines they are taking, extra precautions are needed to avoid additional infections, says Eveline Wu, MD, a…

Children's Health, Immune Health

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Prepare for a Healthier School Year

With another school year just around the corner, parents, children and teachers can add a fourth “R” to reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic—reducing your risk of getting sick. Common illnesses such as colds, the flu and COVID-19 can run rampant anywhere lots of people gather, and schools are no exception. Omicron variants of COVID-19 are still…

Coronavirus, Infectious Diseases, School-Age Children

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COVID-19 Now: 4 Things You Need to Know

It may seem like everyone you know has COVID-19 right now—even people who are vaccinated and boosted or have had COVID-19 before. So, what gives? While facing yet another surge is frustrating—especially if you have tried to be very careful in protecting yourself and your loved ones—the emergence of this new, even more contagious subvariant…

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COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5: Experts Answer Parents’ Questions

Finally, virtually every American will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, with protective shots available for children younger than 5—a year and a half after the oldest Americans started getting immunized. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years; previously,…

Children's Health, Coronavirus, Pediatric Medicine

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Behind on Your Child’s Early Vaccines? Catch Up Now

This story originally ran May 23, 2022 and was updated Aug. 1, 2023. Previous generations lived with the terror that their infants could die from several common, highly contagious and devastating diseases, such as diphtheria, smallpox, measles, tetanus, whooping cough, rubella and mumps. Modern vaccines have largely erased this fear and saved countless young lives.…

Children's Health, Vaccines

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For Immunocompromised, It’s Tricky to Go ‘Back to Norma...

Mask mandates are lifted. Crowds are gathering for sporting events, concerts and graduation ceremonies. People aren’t required to stay 6 feet apart. This return to semi-normalcy is cause for celebration for most healthy people, especially those who are vaccinated, boosted and exercise a little caution. But for people whose immune systems are weak, letting down…

Coronavirus, Mental Health

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