Items Tagged ‘polio’

Ask the Doctors - How worried should we be about polio outbreaks elsewhere in the world?

April 16, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How worried should we be about polio outbreaks elsewhere in the world?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I heard about a polio outbreak in Nigeria. Might there be an outbreak here in the U.S.?   Polio is a crippling, and sometimes fatal, infectious disease that was once common in the United States. Caused by the polio virus, the disease was widespread among children. During the 1940s and ‘50s, outbreaks caused […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, International travel, polio, vaccinations


Ask the Doctors - Should my family be worried about rare, polio-like illness?

March 2, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should my family be worried about rare, polio-like illness?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: I’ve been reading about a new illness that’s a lot like polio and is making children in parts of the country very sick. What is it, and should my family and I be worried? You’re referring to acute flaccid myelitis, also known as AFM, a rare neurological disease that affects the spinal cord. […]

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Tags: acute flaccid myelitis, AFM, blood samples, bronchitis, cancer, coldlike symptoms, diarrhea, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, facial drooping, fever, kids


Healthy travel tips

May 10, 2017

Healthy travel tips

By uclahealth uclahealth

Part of ensuring you have a great summer vacation is staying healthy during your trips. Follow these three wellness tips to keep illness at bay during your travels. Update your vaccines: Ask your doctor if your vaccinations are up-to-date for the following: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP) Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) Varicella (chickenpox) Polio Influenza (seasonal […]

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Tags: Caribbean, CDC, chickenpox, chikungunya, DEET, dengue, diphtheria, DTaP, fever, headache, hepatitis a, influenza


The importance of childhood immunizations

February 26, 2016

The importance of childhood immunizations

By uclahealth uclahealth

Immunization is key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them, and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them because the infection can no longer spread through the community if most people are immunized. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from infections, such as measles, […]

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Tags: chicken pox, children and flu, flu shots, hepatitis a, immunization, measles, pertussis, polio, vaccination, whooping cough


What vaccinations are routinely recommended for adults, adolescents, and children?

February 26, 2016

What vaccinations are routinely recommended for adults, adolescents, and children?

By uclahealth uclahealth

According to the CDC, there are many diseases that have recommended vaccination schedules. The goal is for all U.S. citizens to receive these vaccinations to prevent the spread of these infectious diseases, and ultimately to eradicate them. Specific vaccine recommendations vary depending on age, geographic location, and other risk factors. Many basic vaccinations are often given […]

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Tags: chicken pox, childrens health, diphtheria, flu, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, HPV, immunization, measles, meningitis, meningococcal meningitis, mumps


Immunize children before school starts

February 26, 2016

Immunize children before school starts

By uclahealth uclahealth

With children starting school earlier than usual this year, UCLA pediatrician Dr. Piper Calasanti reminds families to schedule a visit to their healthcare provider for necessary vaccinations, especially for diseases such as whooping cough and measles, which have increased in prevalence in California over the past year. “There are several vaccinations children are required to […]

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Tags: back to school, CDC, chicken pox, children, childrens health, Dr. Piper Calasanti, hepatitis b, immunization, measles, MMR, mumps, pertussis