The flu shot

Many parents wonder if they should get the flu shot for their children each fall.  In almost every case, the answer is YES! The flu shot protects against influenza.  This is a very serious virus that causes high fever, severe cough and congestion, body aches, and general misery.  It also has a high rate of […]

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Whooping Cough

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis.  It is spread from person to person, usually through coughing or sneezing.  The bacteria, which only infects humans, releases toxins which damage the respiratory tract.   Pertussis usually starts with symptoms that are identical to the common cold:  congestion, runny nose,

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Concerned About Vaccines? This Should Ease Your Mind.

A new report on the safety of vaccines recommended for children aged six years and younger, conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), reveals some comforting news on vaccines for children under age 6, including DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, meningococcal, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and varicella vaccines. The

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