• 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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  • Ticks

    As your children are playing outdoors in these summer months, it is important to be proactive in preventing tick exposure and tick bites. Illinois has seen a rise in tick illness due to the warmer summer months we have experienced thus far. Ticks are mainly active outdoors in wooded areas, but most people are actually…

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  • Antibiotics

    Most of the time a child is sick, he or she does not need an antibiotic. The vast majority of childhood illness are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. If your child has a virus, antibiotics cannot make them better.  Viral illnesses include all colds as well as the flu and most cases 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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