Items Tagged ‘vaccinations’

Ask the Doctors - How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

August 27, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? Bacterial meningitis cases in school-age children, adolescents and college students are predominately caused by two different organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitides.  Streptococcous causes nearly 50 percent of meningitis […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bacterial meningitis, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningitis, Neisseria meningitides, Streptocooccus pneumoniae, vaccinations


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 young adults be re-vaccinated against chicken pox?

April 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should young adults be re-vaccinated against chicken pox?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: My daughter had the chicken pox vaccine as a child, so never had chicken pox. She’s now an adult. Should she get a booster? That’s an excellent question. The chicken pox (Varicella) vaccination has been widely used in the United States since 1996.  Given in a two-dose schedule at  12-15 months and at […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, booster shot, chicken pox, chickenpox vaccinations, Dr. Robert Ashley, immunity, vaccinations


Ask the Doctors - I'm healthy. Do I need a yearly physical?

March 14, 2018

Ask the Doctors – I’m healthy. Do I need a yearly physical?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m a 45-year-old man without any major medical problems. Is it worth it for me to get yearly physicals with my primary care doctor? Dear Reader: That’s a difficult question to answer. I have generally encouraged annual physical exams for most of my patients in their 40s and beyond. I schedule more time […]

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Tags: annual physical exams, colonoscopies, Dr. Robert Ashley, mammograms, man, men, men's health, Pap smears, pcp, physical, physical examination, primary care doctor


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


Quick facts about flu shots

November 4, 2016

Quick facts about flu shots

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

Flu season is underway and there’s still time to get your shot. While it’s recommended to get vaccinated as early as possible, flu season tends to peak in January or later, depending on which part of the country you are living or traveling in, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become […]

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Tags: antibodies, asthma, chronic medical conditions, congestive heart failure, cough, diabetes, Dr. T. Warner Hudson, flu, flu season, flu shots, Flu strains, Flu vaccine


Pack these tips before you travel abroad with kids

June 27, 2016

Pack these tips before you travel abroad with kids

By Amy Albin amyalbin

If your family is planning to head to Mexico, Europe or beyond this summer, not only will your kids will be among the approximately 1.9 million children from the U.S. traveling abroad this year. They’ll also be among those exposed to new infections and health risks. Before you go, do a little planning to keep everyone […]

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Tags: chikungunya, DEET, dengue, diarrhea, Dr. Nava Yeganeh, infectious diarrhea, International travel, kids and travel, malaria, mosquito-borne illnesses, mosquitos, Pediatric International Travel and Adoption Clinic