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Vaccines our Chicago, patients should consider

Dr. Stanley Friedell, Northwestern Women's Health Associates S.C Vaccines our Chicago, IL patients should consider

The role of the gynecology and obstetrics health care team is to protect and monitor the health of patients. Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, provides patients with a full range of services, including consultation and education as it pertains to vaccines such as Gardasil, the flu vaccine, MMR and DTaP, and Hepatitis B.


The human papillomavirus, known as HPV, is responsible for a number of concerns. Some types of this virus are transmitted through sexual contact and may cause genital warts or changes to cells in the cervix that increase the risk of cancer. HPV types 16 and 18, in particular, are linked to 7 out of 10 instances of cervical cancer. The Gardisil vaccine, provided by your Chicago, gynecologist, can significantly reduce the risk associated with HPV. After the recommended series of Gardisil vaccine, antibodies are produced to prevent infection. A series of three shots given over a six month period may achieve five years of protection. Both men and women should be protected from HPV, and may receive the vaccine in adolescence as well as adulthood.

Flu vaccine

One of the essential elements of prenatal and postpartum care is flu prevention. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourages women to receive the flu vaccine if they are considering becoming pregnant or are already pregnant. Multiple studies have shown the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine during any trimester of pregnancy.

Due to changes in the immune system during pregnancy, an expectant mother is especially susceptible to complications from the flu. This preventive vaccine, available with your Chicago,  OBGYN, also provides a level of protection to the unborn fetus, who will develop antibodies in the womb. This is an important factor considering that newborns cannot be vaccinated against the flu until the age of six months.


The DTap vaccine is a combination given to infants as a preventive measure against three bacterial infections: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Due to the symptoms and complications of these diseases, vaccination is very important.

  • Diphtheria may be marked by breathing problems, due to a thick coating that develops at the back of the throat. Complications of this disease include heart failure, paralysis, and death.
  • Tetanus may develop after bacteria enters the body through a wound or cut in the skin. Patients affected by tetanus may experience painfully tight muscles throughout the body, including “locking” of the jaw which inhibits the patient from opening the mouth. Up to 2 of every 10 cases of tetanus may lead to death.
  • Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, can lead to intense coughing spells that last for weeks. These spells may make it difficult for the infant to breathe or be fed. Complications of pertussis include seizures, pneumonia, brain damage, and death.

The DTap vaccine, given in five doses throughout the first six years of life, protects children from these potentially serious diseases.


One of the most deadly and therefore most concerning of all childhood diseases is measles. Pediatricians recommend that children receive two MMR vaccines, the first at around 12 months of age and the second between the ages of 4 and 6. This combination vaccine protects children from not only measles but also mumps and rubella. Many parents also choose to include vaccination against varicella, or chicken pox, with this round of vaccinations. If patients planning to conceive are not immune to rubella, we would offer the MMR before conception. If you get this, you should prevent conception for 3 months.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a contagious infection that affects the liver. Caused by a virus, this infection can develop without producing noticeable symptoms. For this reason, it is possible for a pregnant mother to transmit hepatitis B to her unborn child without knowing it. This condition can be very serious to the newborn child, who will receive the hepatitis B vaccine before leaving the hospital.

Hepatitis can also be passed sexually. Therefore adults can also get this vaccine to prevent infection.

Your health care team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, is happy to provide you with the necessary information regarding vaccines for yourself and your child. Contact our office at 312-440-9400.


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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Gerilynn H.

    Dr. Regina Belmonte has been providing all the services I have needed for over 12 years. She saw me through both of my pregnancies and her expertise is vast. Even after I moved far away from the city, I still embrace and look forward to her care and services, and I refuse to switch doctors. She is worth the trip! Going through both pregnancies I had to meet with all of the Dr's. and all were wonderful. The nurses are fantastic. I have gotten 98% of what I have ever needed just talking to a nurse. So grateful for this practice and so confident with the care I receive.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jelly T.

    Dr. Abbie Roth is GOLD!
    I have never met a doctor who is caring and brilliant and with a great sense of humor as doctor Abbie Roth. She is very professional and has an excellent bedside manner. When I had a life threatening complication after my C-section, she and her Prentice team of doctors and nurses were such an efficient team under pressure while making sure they explain every process and steps during the situation. Dr. Abbie Roth and her team literally saved my life! I am very fortunate to have met Dr. Roth, I will never forget her and will continue to see her for my future OB/Gyne health. I highly recommend this practice and Dr. Roth!
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jessica

    If you are new to Chicago or are just looking for a new physician, please make an appointment with Dr. Friedell. This is the first time in my adult life, that a doctor spent an hour with me going over my medical history, asking questions and documenting my history accurately. His assessment and subsequent surgery were all done t a T! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or his staff. I have had very positive experiences every time I've gone and I always leave feeling like I've been really seen and heard.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Monica E.

    I was recommended to NWWH through a friend after a year of unsuccessful IUI with my partner. We were seen and cared for by Dr. Friedell. Best decision ever. You will definitely wait for the doctor for maybe 30 minutes past your appointment time but you will not regret it. His thoroughness and patience to explain everything to us in a way we understood was amazing. He was quick to start a game plan for us. We will definitely stick with Dr. Friedell as our OB/GYN.

    Apart from Dr. Friedell, the staff was quick to perform any lab work and ultrasounds with friendly conversation and compassion. This type of service really helps when we've gone through a rough time trying to get pregnant. Definitely make an appointment with Dr. Friedell.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jennifer H.

    I have been going to Dr. Friedell for over a year now and he has been nothing less than amazing. When I first came to him to discuss pregnancy, he was incredibly informative and understanding. He was also willing to take the time to answer all of my questions and help in any way he could. He just delivered my son in March and to say he went the extra mile during delivery would be an understatement. I had some complications and with any other doctor I would have had a c-section. Dr. Friedell worked with me and was extremely patient and because of his care and expertise I had a successful vaginal delivery. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Karima R.

    I have been going to this office for little over a month now due to some complications! I have been seen Dr. Friedell, he is very caring and always made sure he answers all my concerns. I am beyond impressed with my experience with Dr Friedell and his PA " Amber". Dr Friedell called me many times after hours to talk to me about my medical results and answers any concerns that I have.

    I would highly recommend Dr Friedell.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Elizabeth T.

    I have been a patient of this practice for over 5 years now and have only positive reviews of Dr. Feldstein. He was the doctor on call and delivered my third son without any complications. He was knowledgeable, patient focused and went above and beyond to answer my questions and provide a safe and healthy delivery. I also want to note his positive bedside manner to not only my husband and I, but to the nursing staff that was working with him. He was very respectful and I am very thankful to have had him for my delivery. I would recommend this group, Dr. Feldstein in particular without reservation.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By LA

    I switched to Dr. Roth mid pregnancy due to health insurance reasons and it was probably the best decision I have ever made in my life. She is definitely warm and funny but also extremely competent and knowledgeable. I would say what makes her stand out from other doctors is how calm and not reactive she is in even the most dire situations. My son was in serious fetal distress (unexpected and not preventable) and she was very calm and reassuring as we literally ran to the OR for my c section. With the rise of c sections today I feel Dr. Roth is one of the few remaining fabulous ob's that truly plans for normal vaginal births (your choice if you want an epi or not) and although I needed a c section I knew it was truly necessary. I could not speak more highly of her, not only did she save my sons life but she made me feel safe, secure and empowered even when decisions and actions were out of my hands.
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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Dana M.

    I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!
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    I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent.