Breastfeeding provides ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for both the mother and infant. Breast milk contains all the nutrients infants need in the first six months of life. Breastfeeding protects against diarrhea and common childhood illnesses such as pneumonia and may also ...

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Measles outbreaks across the United States have been identified with Texas being the 11th state so far to report an outbreak. The Philippines with over 2 million unvaccinated children has declared an outbreak of measles after nearly 2,000 cases and 26 deaths since January alone. In Madagascar, more than 50,000 people have been infected by the disease since October — more than the total number of ...

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Influenza is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in the United States. Influenza also tops the list of the burden of disease and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) according to a Eurosurveillance article. The flu is more likely to cause severe illness and harm pregnant women as compared to women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women (including ...

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There is so much out there about vaccines — endless opinions and recommendations from doctors, experts, friends, family, celebrities, politicians — it can be challenging to identify who to trust and what to believe. Every parent’s only goal is to protect his or her child as best as they can. One of the most frequently asked questions is: “There are so many more vaccines than when I was a kid, ...

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Days are getting shorter and evenings are getting cooler in temperate regions in the Northern hemisphere. This also means that the flu season will be around the corner soon. Most people group influenza (flu) and cold together and refer to the “cold and flu season” as the time of the year when we expect to come down with a “flu bug” and consider it “normal” or customary. Some are even ...

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