February 2015 | Vol. 9 - No. 2
Vaccination. It’s a hot topic right now. Although the most recent measles outbreak in the US is not much different to measles outbreaks we’ve seen in Canada in the past few years, it seems like this round is getting a lot of attention. After all, when President Obama makes a statement—in this case, you should vaccinate your children—you know it’s important. And we couldn’t agree more. Getting immunized is one of the most important things you can do for your child and for everyone else in your community.

Vaccines are safe, and they are the reason that so many serious diseases are rarely seen any more. We’ve got some really interesting reads this month that explain how vaccines work, how to keep track of your child’s vaccinations, and the vital importance of following the recommended vaccination schedule. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be a local authority on why immunizing children should never be up for debate. 
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
A nightmare turned miracle
Father almost loses girlfriend and newborn daughter [+]
The very real risks of avoiding vaccinations [+]
How do vaccines work? [+]
Why you should keep track of your child’s vaccinations [+]
Playing with fire — electronically [+]
Childhood stress: Arming kids with tools to problem-solve for life [+]
Q: Is a vaccine safer than getting the real disease?
A: Absolutely. And there are two very important reasons why this is true. First, vaccines—which help children and adults build immunity (protection) against dangerous and often life-threatening diseases—do not contain live disease organism. If they did, there would be a great risk for people being vaccinated to develop the diseases instead of just becoming protected against them. So if vaccines don’t contain the live disease, what is actually in them? [+]
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True or False?
True or False: Babies can easily handle more than one vaccine at a time

True. It’s very common for parents—especially parents of newborns—to think their baby is not strong enough to get more than one vaccine at any given appointment. But a baby has an amazing capacity to develop antibodies and, in theory, could handle up to 10,000 vaccines at one time. Of course, no one has ever administered that many vaccines to one child but understanding the body’s capacity to handle vaccines makes it easier to see why having two or three vaccines on the same day is not a cause for concern. [+]
Ski for The Children’s
Ski for The Children’s raises funds for The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation through a ski event held at Mount Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont. The seventh annual event will take place on March 14th, 2015. Over the last six years, the event has raised over $750,000 for The Children’s. [+]
Eye on the future: A wi-fi robot that will keep families connected [+]
A young patient shares her experience in her new blog [+]
Genetic discovery about childhood blindness paves the way for new treatments [+]
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