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By Dr. Tiffany Kimbrough, pediatrician The first vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner for smallpox – this was done by taking fluid from a blister of someone infected and injecting it into another person’s skin (YUCK!). We have come a long way since that time with our knowledge about vaccination and how to make vaccines safe. Why are vaccines important? Vaccines protect children against 16 diseases that can... View Article

Aug 1 2017

Central Virginia news sources are reporting an increase in cases of gastroenteritis (the “stomach flu”) in the area. Earlier this week, more than 400 cases were reported at Hampton-Sydney College, causing school officials to cancel classes and athletic activities through the weekend. Doctors in Short Pump have seen a spike in patients with this condition, according to nbc12.com, and cases have also been popping up in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico.... View Article

Jan 30 2015

Flu season typically peaks in January or February and early data shows that this year’s flu season could be severe. Children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with health conditions and disabilities are at increased risk of getting the flu and of complications. Here’s what experts have to say about this year’s flu and how to best protect your family.An overview of the fluSeasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused... View Article

Jan 27 2015

Did you know the flu is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths each year? Though factors like start date, strain, severity and effectiveness of the vaccine are left primarily up to chance, one thing is certain…The flu is inevitable (nowadays, you can even track the spread online via Google flu trends)! With the Flu season in full swing, here are five questions most parents are probably asking:1. What is the... View Article

Jan 23 2014