• 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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  • Facts and Stats on Measles

     Facts and Stats on Measles Due to a recent outbreak, measles has been in the news lately. This once common viral illness is now less common if not rare as a result of the widespread use of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Unfortunately, with vaccination rates declining, measles and other preventable illnesses are…

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  • Stomach Flu Vs. Flu

    The differences between the Stomach Flu and the Influenza “Flu” People often get confused about the difference between the stomach flu and influenza. Stomach Flu The stomach flu actually refers to gastroenteritis or irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract).  Signs and symptoms of gastroenteritis usually consist of vomiting and diarrhea,…

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