Vaccines

Vaccines For Expats in China: The Basics

Vaccines For Expats in China: The Basics

Parents in Beijing have many health questions, but one of the hottest topics is vaccinations. There are quite a few internationally standard vaccines, but there are also some Beijing-specific vaccines. For routine vaccines, which start during childhood, most countries cover […]

Flu Vaccine Is Available: Who Needs It?

Flu Vaccine Is Available: Who Needs It?

It’s that time of year again: flu shot season! Yes, your offices and schools are filled with plans for “flu shot days”. I’m sure you’re debating right now whether or not you or your kids need it. So, here’s my […]

Does Your Child Need The Extra Measles Vaccine?

We’ve been getting a lot of calls from concerned parents regarding the local campaign to vaccinate all schoolkids with measles vaccines. As far as I understand, this is voluntary for students. Firstly, people should understand that there is no crisis […]

H1N1: You Want Data? You Got it

H1N1: You Want Data? You Got it

By now, everyone in Beijing is either: 1. recovered from having H1N1; 2. tired of hearing about H1N1; or 3. recovered and tired of hearing about it. But one common theme in discussions remains the uncertainty around the vaccine. Well, […]

Tylenol & Vaccines: Maybe Not A Good Combo?

There’s a very provocative new study in Lancet which may change my clinical practice. As parents know, vaccines are not a fun time for their children, and many doctors recommend pain medicines like Tylenol or Motrin with the vaccines. Now, […]

Why Such An Epidemic of Vaccine Fear?

Why Such An Epidemic of Vaccine Fear?

As a family and community medicine doctor using evidence-based medicine, I am a firm believer in vaccines. They have saved tens of millions of people, mostly children, from debility and death from once-common scourges such as polio, smallpox, rubella, measles […]

Vaccines for Beijingers: Which Do You Need?

Vaccines for Beijingers: Which Do You Need?

Here’s a question that my patients ask all the time: which vaccines do I need for myself and my children? First, it’s important to realize that each country has their own vaccine schedule.  Even while in China, it’s best to […]