An Underestimated Threat: Nevada father and stepdaughter hospitalized from flu virus

When Erik Schoen made it through 2013 without getting the flu, he thought he was in the clear.

Make it your Business to Fight the Flu

The flu can be a miserable experience – characterized by severe aches...

The Ordeal She’ll Never Forget: Healthy Nevada resident’s brush with death began with the flu

The words, “get your flu shot” were easy ones for Sheri Jensen to ignore.

Germs Are Everywhere: 5 Easy Steps to Protect Yourself

Did you know that the flu virus can live on a hard surface — such as a door knob, keyboard, TV remote, telephone, pen, gym equipment, chip bowl, arm rest, gas pump, ATM, elevator button, etc. — for up to eight hours? Or that the flu virus can live on paper money for up to 17 days?

Think about how many of those items you touch in a single day. Now consider one of them – say a gas pump — and imagine: How many other people have touched that same gas pump in the past eight hours?

How to keep mom healthy

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As a family medicine physician, I want to write this to give moms a concise guideline of what is recommended to keep you healthy for your families. The medical world can be difficult to navigate, so my goal is to give you a snapshot of what you need to do to make sure you are up to date! To be able to take care of your family, you’ve first got to take care of yourself!

Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful

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Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases before their 2nd birthday. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it’s hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during, and after a vaccine visit to ease the short-term pain and stress of getting shots. 

Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations? 

Your Pregnancy: Protecting Baby Starts Now

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From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you started protecting your baby. You might have changed the way you eat, started taking a prenatal vitamin, and researching the kind of car seat you’ll buy. But did you know that one of the best ways to start protecting your children against serious diseases is by making sure you get the whooping cough (Tdap) and flu vaccines while you are pregnant? 

HPV vaccines: Additional call-to-action by healthcare providers needed

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Although the quadrivalent HPV vaccine was approved for use in the US in 2006, the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows only 57% of females and 35% of males received at least 1 dose, with far less finishing the three dose series.  In fact, the HPV vaccine has the lowest completion rates of any vaccine in the United States, including vaccines that are recommended for the same age groups. In 2013, the Director of the CDC said achieving higher HPV vaccination rates was a top public health priority. Still, achieving higher rates has been a struggle.

A Grandmother's Story of the German Measles

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Back in the 1970s, my daughter was in her third trimester and was expecting her first child.