• 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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  • 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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  • 5 Back to School Health Tips

    5 Back to School Health Tips

    It’s that time of year again. Back to school with new teachers, new clothes, and new germs. It’s common for children returning to school to come home with more than homework. Coughs, colds, and stomach bugs can sweep across schools quickly. They can also take down an entire household when a child brings home a…

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