A message from the “Vaccines for Parents” group

Edited 10/03/18 to include up-to-date vaccination information You can help control influenza activity in our community by getting vaccinated. It’s important to get vaccinated every year against...

Why should my newborn get the hepatitis B vaccine?

What is hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is spread when a person comes in contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. The virus can...

What parents should know about over-the-counter cold medications

I often have families come to me looking for a magic formula that will cure their child’s cold and get rid of all the symptoms. Simply put: There is no magic formula for treating a cold, and there...

Help control the spread of flu in your community: get vaccinated!

Flu season is in full swing across the country, including the Pacific Northwest. In our state, influenza activity remains moderate -- thus far, Oregon hasn’t been severely affected. There have...

When kids get stomach bugs, preventing dehydration is priority No. 1

This time of year, we pediatricians are inundated with all sorts of sick kids. Colds, influenza and a host of other respiratory illnesses fill our waiting rooms with mucus and coughs. We also tend to...

Keeping newborns safe from whooping cough: It takes a village!

Whooping cough is a respiratory infection sometimes called the “100-Day Cough,” or simply pertussis. This infection, which is caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis, has been on the rise...

The importance of vaccinating our children

Vaccinations are a powerful, proven tool in our fight to prevent childhood infections. Because of the widespread use of vaccines in the United States, we have seen a dramatic decline in the number of...