Teens

Do Vaccinations Cause Autism? NO, And Here’s Why

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Strange how history repeats itself In 1998, a British surgeon named Andrew Wakefield published a fraudulent research paper in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, suggesting that the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine was increasing autism in British children. Because a number of parents believed this now-discredited theory and chose not to immunize their children, an outbreak of measles occurred

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Are You Sure Your Child Is Allergic To Penicillin? He/She May Not Be.

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Allergists have long known that penicillin “allergy” is often over-diagnosed. As outlined in a recent study referenced by The New York Times, at least 95% of patients can tolerate penicillins despite a previous history of allergy. This is quite important clinically since penicillin products are often safer and more effective than other more expensive antibiotics.

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Too Much, Too Little, Just Right? How To Know If You’re Giving Your Child The Right Dose

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Here at Westchester Health Pediatrics, a common issue that we see is parents not knowing the correct dose of medicine to give their child, particularly with over-the-counter medications. They often don’t know the difference between measurements in teaspoons, mL’s or cc’s, and may not want to admit that they don’t understand. Or if it is

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Is There a Reason NOT to Vaccinate Your Child?

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The simple answer is NO!!! Because children still get vaccine-preventable diseases, it’s more important than ever to understand the benefits and risks of vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases. You never know when your child may have been exposed to a disease or was immune to an exposure because of his/her vaccine-induced immunity. Get your child vaccinated!

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Top 10 Things to Remember When Your Child Has Had a Concussion

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Has your child sustained a bang to the head which has left him/her dizzy and nauseous, maybe with blurry vision and/or a nasty headache? If so, this might mean your child has had a concussion. Concussions are typically caused by a blow or jolt to the head, and result in injury to the brain. For this

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What You Need to Know About the 8 Most Common STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

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While anyone can contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at any age, 15- to 24-year-year-olds account for half of all new STD infections, according to the CDC. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, having unprotected sex can expose you to STDs, some of which can seriously affect your health, possibly fatally. You don’t

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I’m 16 And I’m Pregnant. What Do I Do Now?

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If this pregnancy is unplanned, you’re probably overwhelmed and pretty scared. It may seem like you’re the only one this is happening to but you’re not alone—around 500,000 teenage girls get pregnant every year in the U.S. If this is a planned pregnancy, you may still have a lot of questions and a lot of

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How To Know If You Have A Healthy, Well-Functioning Family

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Healthy parenting comes from a healthy family, and vice versa As everyone knows, there is no perfect family, or even a normal one. And yet, while families come in all combinations of sizes, ages, genders and colors, we at Westchester Health Pediatrics have seen over the years that healthy, well-adjusted families tend to have several key characteristics in common:

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Are You A Teen In An Abusive Relationship? Here’s Help.

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Did you know that 1 out of 3 teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship, and 50%-80% know someone in a violent relationship? Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most susceptible to dating violence (triple the national average). According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of

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WE HAVE THE FLU VACCINE! COME IN AND GET YOUR SHOT!

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Our flu vaccine is in! Book your appointment now to get your child vaccinated. Even though winter is still a few months away, now is the time to get your child (and yourself) vaccinated. Don’t delay — protect yourself and your family by getting the flu vaccine at any of our 11 convenient locations in Westchester and Putnam

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