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Jeremy Warhaftig, MD, Pediatrician, South Shore Medical Center

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Why Vaccinations Are So Important to Your Family’s Health

The best defense is a good offense. No, I’m not talking about the upcoming New England Patriots season, although that seems fitting.

I’m talking about immunizations, and how important it is to combat potential outbreaks of diseases that are easily managed by making sure you and your family are up to date with your vaccinations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and vaccinating yourself and your children continues to be a controversial topic, even though to me and other primary care providers, it shouldn’t be.

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Topics: Family Medicine

Four Reasons Your Child Needs the HPV Vaccine

As parents schedule their well-child visits, one vaccine that parents of older children have a lot of questions about is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV causes more than 30,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. every year and is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women. It’s also a contributing cause to several other types of cancer in women and men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children receive the HPV vaccine around age 11 to ensure maximum effectiveness, but only around half of kids are actually getting the vaccine.

As a pediatrician, I talk to parents often about their concerns with the vaccine. It can make parents of preteens particularly uncomfortable to think about a vaccine that prevents against the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But it’s critically important to your child’s health as he or she enters adulthood.

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Topics: Children's Health, Cancer

Six Tips for Implementing a Back-to-School Sleep Schedule

Back to school is here for most kids across the South Shore. All summer long, your kids have probably been staying up later than usual, and sleeping in later in the morning. If you’re like many families I see around this time of year, you may be feeling overwhelmed with how to get your kids on a more structured sleep schedule for back to school.

First, it’s important to know how much sleep your child needs every night so you can establish a proper bedtime. The American Society of Pediatrics recommends the following:

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Topics: Children's Health, Family Medicine

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