It’s no wonder that immunizations are at the top of the “Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century” list. Thanks to the development of these immune-boosting medications, most U.S. parents today and their children have never experienced illnesses... more
Updated September 12, 2015 In the United States (U.S.), measles cases are higher than they have been in 20 years, even though the measles vaccine has a 99 percent effectiveness rate. The spread of the disease has been directly linked... more
Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more
Updated July 7, 2015 What is rotavirus? The leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to watery diarrhea, rotavirus often causes fever,... more
What is pneumococcal disease? Pneumococcal disease is a general term used to categorize infections caused by a type of bacteria called streptococcus pneumoniae. Such infections include pneumonia (a lung infection), pneumococcal bacteremia (a blood infection), meningitis (an infection of the... more
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