Sara Cherny is a board certified genetic counselor at a major academic medical center. She has been in clinical practice for over four years and has special interests in public health and family communication.
Although this is usually a festive time of year, there will always be someone you know for whom the holiday season brings sadness or grief due to the recent death of a loved one, or the annual memory of that loss. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some thoughts with you about the subtle and gentle art of offering condolences.
Since Amanda and I spent two GH-days waxing poetic about the benefits of vaccination, I thought it was appropriate to dedicate a follow-up article to autism. Of course, this not because autism is related to vaccinations, but because it isn’t.
On Monday, when the first article about vaccinations was published, there was a great deal of conversation on our respective Facebook pages, mostly surrounding the issue of the timing of vaccinations, and the potential risks of offering too many vaccinations at one time. A good deal of the information about why physicians, parents, and public health officials might want to consider adjusting the timing of vaccines during infancy came from Denise Shepler, RN BSN. Denise has four years of experience in maternal/neonatal nursing. With her permission, I have summarized her thoughts here.