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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 [...]

By uclahealth • February 26, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c4iIhCE_b4 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. [...]

By uclahealth • February 26, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L53t8MvJGrc   Measles is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection that is spread when someone comes in direct contact with infected droplets through the air, says James Cherry, MD, UCLA pediatric infectious diseases physician. The first symptoms of measles are similar to other illnesses, which start with [...]

By uclahealth • February 26, 2016

Pertussis (whooping cough) incidence remains high in California. The increase in pertussis is due to greater awareness, better diagnostic tests and less effective DTaP vaccines. Pertussis is a bacterial infection of the respiratory system. It is highly contagious and can spread from person-to-person through tiny drops of fluid [...]

By uclahealth • February 25, 2016

Children under the age of 5 years are more likely to be hospitalized from flu complications than those in other age groups. Parents should talk to their doctors about who in the family should receive the flu vaccine. Seasonal influenza Seasonal influenza is a contagious, but preventable, respiratory illness [...]

By uclahealth • February 25, 2016