February 1st, 2019

*This post originally appeared on The PediaBlog on February 1, 2018.   Separating Flu Fact From Fiction     Even though we’ve covered this territory before on The PediaBlog, today we’ll let family physician Gretchen Lasalle, M.D. separate fact from...

January 18th, 2019

*This post originally appeared on The PediaBlog on January 18, 2018.   No Opioid Rx For Coughs   Other than a nice warm bowl of chicken soup or a spoonful of honey (for children older than one year of age),...

January 17th, 2019

(CDC FluView)   100 years after the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed at least 50 million people worldwide, the 2018-2019 flu season is off to a rough start. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that between...

December 19th, 2018

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)   As you can see in the map above, influenza activity through the first week of December was “slightly elevated” nationally and has been “minimal” in Pennsylvania so far this flu season. Yesterday, in their...

October 26th, 2018

This post originally appeared on The PediaBlog on October 26, 2015.   Ask Us Anything   A mother emails: My son had a liver transplant, and is now immune-suppressed by his anti-rejection medication. He has been instructed to only receive...

October 22nd, 2018

  If you don’t seek out and receive a flu vaccine this season, you can’t say you weren’t reminded and warned by your family and friends, your doctors, and the media. Jamie Ducharme jogs memories from last year: The 2017-2018...

October 2nd, 2018

  Citing the more than 80,000 American lives lost as a result of coming down with influenza  last flu season and dying, Surgeon General Jerome Adams is urging all persons 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated —...

September 28th, 2018

*This post originally appeared on The PediaBlog on September 28, 2015.   “Your Turn”     Do astronauts need to get flu shots too? Marina Koren knows one who does: Wait, why does someone need a flu shot in space?...

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    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.

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