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Infections
October 8, 2018

Measles 101

Measles is an infectious illness caused by the rubeola virus. And although there is a vaccine for measles, it’s still one of the leading causes of death in children. The measles virus is found in the mucus of your nose and throat. This means you can get the virus by breathing in when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. It’s so contagious that you can get it simply by being in the same room as an infected person. If you haven’t been vaccinated and come into contact with someone who has measles, you are very much at risk of…
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Infections
June 18, 2018

Do you need a shingles vaccine?

Itchy, scabby skin, fluid-filled blisters, fatigue and a fever. Not fun, right? When you’re finally recovering from those painful symptoms of chickenpox, you feel a tremendous sense of relief. But what if the chickenpox virus comes back to visit? Chickenpox is caused by the varicella zoster virus.  When you recover from chickenpox, it may seem as if the virus is gone, but it just becomes dormant in your nerve tissues. Certain people can live their entire lives unaware of this, with no symptoms. However, if your immune system suffers a blow, the virus can be reactivated, and shingles will develop.…
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Child HealthParenting
May 25, 2015

Busting the vaccination myth

Before the days of vaccinations, people had little option but to take their chances with whatever illness or disease was sweeping through their town. However, once treated as lifesaving wonders of modern technology, vaccines have now become a source of suspicion and debate. So, the question is: to jab or not to jab? (more…)
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Infections
February 23, 2015

How are measles like zombies?

It’s a strange comparison, right? Except this virus is just like zombies in the most important way: it seemed like the measles was dead, but it isn’t. (more…)
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Infections
July 15, 2014

Polio still not dead

While polio may seem like history for most of the world, it’s still very much alive in countries like Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but a new study may have found a way to eradicate the disease for good. The study suggests that giving vaccinated children an extra dose of inactivated polio vaccine could boost their immunity and help eradicate the highly infectious disease. (more…)
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