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Posted: May 14, 2019

Measles & MMR Vaccination ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Measles cases continue to rise in the U.S., and with the summer travel season approaching — and along with it, heightened risk of getting or passing on the measles — SMH Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Sarasota Memorial Infection Prevention and Control Department Medical Director Manuel Gordillo, MD, for answers to some frequently asked questions about the measles virus and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Posted: May 7, 2019

Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leeann Putney

Do your summer plans include boating, barbecues or fireworks? Here are a few tips to keep your family safe—and out of the ER.

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Posted: May 2, 2019

Cool Ways to Protect Baby from Bites & Burns

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Leah Brown

Summertime in Florida means it’s not just hot and humid, but it’s buggy too! This fun combination presents a challenge when you have young children. Here are some tips for protecting baby from disease-carrying blood-suckers—like mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks—and keeping them cool.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2019

Organ Donation ~ Ask An Expert

With LifeLink of Florida’s Ashley Moore

More than 5,800 Floridians are awaiting a kidney, pancreas, heart and/or liver transplant. In this "Ask an Expert," LifeLink of Florida's Ashley Moore debunks common organ donation myths and explains how we can all save lives through organ or tissue donation.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019

HPV Vaccine ~ What Parents Need to Know

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

We spoke with pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez to get some answers about the HPV vaccine, who needs it and why. Although the US has offered human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations since 2006, misconceptions and misinformation persist. Check out Dr. Tavarez's Q&A to get the facts.

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