Measles: Everything you need to know

I was recently asked to do a workshop for expectant parents and parents of young babies on the topic “To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question?”. I was grateful for the opportunity, as I feel that the only way to form opinions on matters such as this is to have open, honest discussions. My approach for the …

Out with the old, in with the new

Father with newborn baby

A new baby ushers in the new in every sense of the word. New routine, new responsibilities, new roles, and a whole new way of thinking. When we talk about new, what is more exciting and more daunting than being handed a little, wriggling bundle and being told: “it’s all yours”?   I often watch the expression on parents’ faces …

What to do about the flu vaccine?

With winter fast approaching many parents are asking “What should we do about the flu vaccine?” The flu vaccine has been around since the 1950’s and for as long as it has been around there have been questions and differing opinions on its value. From my perspective, as a paediatrician, I think it is best to consider current literature and …

Measles Booster Vaccine Campaign 2017

Should my child receive the measles booster?   The simple answer is YES! Over the last three weeks my practice has been inundated with calls from parents inquiring about the measles booster vaccine.   Why are we doing a booster?   At the beginning of May, Gauteng had 17 confirmed cases of measles. All these cases had occurred in a …