I remember picking up my daughter at middle school one afternoon years ago and watching the kids, both boys and girls, spill out of the front doors wearing rubber bracelets and waving shiny bumper stickers with "Save the TaTas" emblazoned on them.
Some people ask why we should spend hundreds of millions of dollars to finish the job on polio when there are so many other health priorities. The risk of rebound is one compelling reason. Yet there is another as well. The polio eradication campaign is improving public health more generally.
This week I'm one of 9 Shot@Life champions who have departed on a delegation to Uganda to view UNICEF's Child and Family Health Days. So many things are running through my mind.
When you hear the word "polio" do your eyes glaze over and you automatically think of a third world country? If you're like me, lucky enough to be living in a first world country, safely cocooned from the horrors of most deadly diseases, we're at risk of becoming complacent.
As the world nears eradicating polio, Nigeria stands as one of the few countries that remain polio endemic.
Jenny McCarthy is entitled to her opinion and her mommy instinct, but she's not entitled to the validation and amplification that come with a job as a daily blogger for the Sun-Times. As Maria Puente writes at USA Today, "She definitely has a voice, and now she has a megaphone."
American pediatricians and families are fortunate to have made polio history in our country. Let's remind our leaders that we must do what we can so that our colleagues around the world will never again have to treat a child with polio.
A large proportion of parents in the United States are more afraid of their kids having sex than they are of their kids getting cancer.
The scary truth is that many women don't know they have HPV. You may believe you aren't at risk anymore if you're married or in a monogamous relationship. This simply isn't true.
As world leaders gather this week at the General Assembly in New York, I'm encouraged by the focus on children's health alongside other pressing global issues. These discussions come in the wake of UNICEF's latest report on declines in child mortality around the world.
I first read about The Intense World Theory in March of this past year. I was also just beginning to find blogs written by autistics. My world completely changed. So it was with great excitement that I sat down with Drs. Kamila and Henry Markram after their presentation on Aug. 1.
Whereas chickenpox is a household concept to many of us, shingles occur much less frequently and often much later in life.
In 2006, Gardasil became available for girls ages six to 24. In 2009, the vaccine became available for males. The majority of people are unaware that the vaccine is effective in males as well as females.
The world is anxious for a dengue vaccine. It is estimated that 40 percent of the global population is at risk, and in too many countries, dengue fever is common and frequently causes outbreaks.
Young people can learn to act in the overall interest of society. If they are made to understand the flu's risks and benefits and the idea of herd immunity, they may be motivated to get vaccinated for someone else's benefit.
The Government of Pakistan has started to take a much tougher stance towards some of the international non-governmental organizations and their staff, thus seriously undermining their ability to reach out to the most vulnerable in a timely manner.