A parent’s guide to what’s new in childhood vaccines-HPV and more

New U-M Family Medicine article explains what changes you need to know in order to protect your children

BlogvaccineRecommending and providing childhood vaccines is a vital part of a family physician’s role in delivering health care to our youth.

But what do parents need to know about changes in recommendations for vaccines such as the meningitis booster and HPV?

In 2013, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended combining the immunization schedules for children six years and younger and for children ages seven to 18. Today, there is one vaccination schedule for all children from birth until age 18.

A new editorial by Pamela Rockwell, D.O, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, provides an easy-to-read schedule that highlights the ACIP’s recommendations. Continue reading

Answers to your questions about flu vaccination and prevention

Bottom line: it's not too late to get your vaccination

We reported our first case of influenza this season to the public health department in Oct. 2013 and have since hospitalized hundreds of patients with suspected or confirmed flu.  Flu

Many of those patients are young and otherwise healthy, and some were transferred to U-M from other hospitals because their flu was so severe. Most cases are the H1N1 strain of flu.

Estimated flu activity level in Michigan has been upgraded to ‘widespread’ activity to reflect recent increases in lab-confirmed influenza cases in the southwest and central regions of Michigan.

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the flu:

Q: What are the symptoms of H1N1? Are the symptoms for the H1N1 strain different than a seasonal flu?
A: The symptoms of H1N1 are not different from other strains of influenza. These include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  The onset of symptoms is frequently rapid. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea as well as respiratory symptoms without a fever.  Continue reading