December 1st, 2017

  Internist Elisabeth Poorman admits annoying her colleagues with her “skepticism about nearly every medical intervention.” One thing Dr. Poorman isn’t skeptical about, however, is an annual flu vaccine: But I’ve checked, and I can tell you the vaccine works. It’s...

October 16th, 2017

  As hard as pediatricians and other healthcare professionals try to support the public health imperative of immunizing the population against influenza each year, we are apparently not trying hard enough. The percentage of Americans receiving flu vaccines hasn’t budged...

September 13th, 2017

A parent inquires: My son is allergic to eggs. Before we moved here, his old pediatrician wouldn’t give him a flu shot, telling us that he could have a serious reaction to the vaccine. My son just started kindergarten and...

September 12th, 2017

  Okay, gang! It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, the weather is turning cooler, and soon, four strains of influenza virus (two A strains and two B strains) will begin making their rounds wherever...

July 11th, 2017

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tallied the statistics from the recently-concluded 2016-17 influenza season and the results don’t surprise: > Influenza vaccine isn’t perfect but does protect large numbers of people from disease and death. >...

June 30th, 2017

  Three years ago on The PediaBlog, we considered how cool it would be if one day our flu vaccines could be delivered by mail to our homes, where we could self-administer it with no pain or mess at all....

April 10th, 2017

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly influenza surveillance report for the United States shows that the 2016-17 influenza season is finally winding down. It’s been an average (ie. terrible) season. While thousands (sometimes tens of thousands) of adults die...

February 23rd, 2017

The 2016-17 influenza season is turning out to be a fairly typical one (in other words, horrible for those who are sickened by the nasty virus). And this year’s vaccine, which protects against four different strains of the influenza virus, is...


    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 

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