The social security admin keeps track of names, and has a cool searchable database. This year's faves are Sophia and Jacob. Take a look at any year's top names, or look up a name to see how it has trended. Hint: Roy really hasn't been doing very well...View Thread
The names can be confusing, but I think you mean that your 16 y/o received a dose of Tdap-- that's the version of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine for age 7 and up. Younger children get the DTaP. They look similar, but they're different.
Getting an extra dose of Tdap booster is unlikely to be harmful, but you may have other ways of getting access to his record. In many states, vaccine records are kept in a central registry (in my state, Georgia, it's called "GRITS.") Any medical provider in the state should be able to pull your son's records and see what vaccines he's had (assuming your state has one of these registries.)
Also, insurance carriers keep track of vaccine claims. They should be able to tell if they were billed for a Tdap vaccine.
I think it would be a good idea to try as hard as you can to see if he really needs that dose before giving him a potential extra one. The extra one would be unlikely to be risky, but it's best to know for sure.View Thread
The FDA is taking steps to remove many unapproved prescription medicines from the market. These are mostly medications that claim to treat "cold and cough" symptoms, with no evidence that they're safe or effective. View the complete list through the link above.
Doc, does my child really need to take that antibiotic?
Knowing when to ask that simple question can help keep your child safe and healthy. Some of this site is geared towards providers, but there's great info here to help parents too, especially under the "for everyone" link.View Thread
The newest CPR guidelines stress simplicity-- anyone can do it, with minimal training. In fact, with no training at all, most people can still get CPR started, which can be a big help.
Even if you've already taken a CPR course, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the new approach. If you haven't taken the course, now would be a great time to sign up. Just watching the video on the link above is a start. Learn what to do, and you can save a life.View Thread
A great site for vaccine information. It's set up as a blog, with weekly stories, and it's not as technical or comprehensive as some other sites-- but it's very well-written, and covers topics that you probably haven't thought of before.View Thread
Prescription medications can be outrageously expensive. Whether you're well-insured or not, this excellent non-profit site will give you the information you need to save money. There's even a free drug discount card to print and use. No private information is collected, and the entire site can be accessed anonymously and free of charge.View Thread