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It's impossible to keep up with every "alternative fact" or crazy conspiracy theory on the Internet. By the time a lie has circled the globe, the Truth has just put its shoes on1. For some reason, people find falsehoods much more entertaining and believable than the truth.

I thought that I had heard every possible vaccine conspiracy theory out there: Vaccines cause autism. Vaccines aren't necessary and are pushed on us by greedy pharmaceutical companies. Vaccines are used for mind control. Bill Gates is using vaccines to control the human population.

So, even I was slightly surprised to discover yet another vaccine conspiracy theory. A couple days ago on Facebook, I came across the following comment:

"The key to surviving the flu is to get a...

In an all too common turn of events, former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara were admitted to the same hospital for respiratory issues-- pneumonia and bronchitis, respectively. President Bush is reported to be in the ICU (aka intensive care unit) implying a more serious bout of disease than his wife who as per the latest announcement by spokesman, Jim McGrath, feels "1,000% better" as of the morning of January 19, 2017.  

As the nation gears up for today's inauguration of the 45th President Donald J. Trump of the United States, sadly, the Bushes will be unable to be in attendance. Wishing them the speediest of recoveries, they are clearly where they need to be and, hopefully, will return to good health expeditiously.  

Bush implied the state of his...

Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail after the 68-year-old had rested at her home in Chappaqua, New York for a few days last week following what appeared to be a 'dizzy' spell during a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center last Sunday.

After that, her personal physician since 2001, Dr. Lisa Bardack, M.D., chair of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, released a statement that read, “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning's event, she became overheated and...

vaccineA new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the 13-valent polysaccharide conjugate vaccine (Pfizer s Prevnar 13/PCV13) was effective in protecting seniors from the strains of pneumococcus (a bacterium that causes infections ranging from ear infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections) contained in the vaccine. The vaccine was particularly effective in protecting against dangerous invasive infections in the blood stream.

The study, led by Marc...

HPV-vaccineAll parents of infants, toddlers and young children should be required to read an essay in the Huffington Post by pediatrician Dr. Kristie Rivers. And if those parents are considering not vaccinating their kids, they should be required to read it twice. In her post, Dr. Rivers describes three scenarios she witnessed in which unvaccinated young children were admitted to the hospital with vaccine-preventable diseases.

These included a 3 year-old with a potentially...

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Here s more good news on the vaccine front. Prevnar the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, meaning it protects against seven different strains of the bug was found to prevent 168,000 hospitalizations in each of the 12 years it has been used in the United States, and its effectiveness has not diminished. Those individuals ages 85 and over see the most benefit from the vaccine, with 73,000 hospitalizations prevented...