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Residency Program News

Pediatricians encouraged to discuss gun safety

Category: Resident News

Alexandra K. Byrne, MD, a pediatric resident at the University of Florida College of Medicine, presented findings from a study showing that staff…

Alexandra Byrne

Protect your family this flu season by getting…

Category: Resident News

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination coverage for the flu dropped throughout the 2020-2021 season. Following social distancing guidelines…

Jyotsna Thota

Asad Bashir: Vaccines: fact vs. myth

Category: Resident News

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 1,000 cases of measles in 2019. This is the greatest…

Asad Bashir

Pediatrics Department News

UF Health pediatric expert answers questions about COVID-19 booster shots for kids ages 12-15

As cases of the omicron variant continue to surge, two federal agencies have approved booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-old children.  Sonja A. Rasmussen, M.D.,…

Take these steps to protect Florida’s children against COVID-19

As chairs of pediatrics in Florida’s medical schools, we are unified in our fight to protect Florida’s children against COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, deaths and long-term sequelae.

Covid Vaccine Booster Shots Are Here for Kids Ages 12 and Up — Here’s What Parents Need to Know Right Now

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, a pediatrics and epidemiology professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine and College of Public Health, says parents need to get their children better masks.

Reghan’s Story: How a Turner syndrome diagnosis led to new career goal

Sixteen-year-old Reghan Dukes longed for answers. She was only 4 foot, 5 inches tall, and she had never had a menstrual cycle. Her mom was concerned, and after a few…




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