Vaccinations

What is Influenza? Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May.  Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.  Anyone can get flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include:  fever/chills  sore throat  muscle aches ... Read More

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What is Hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is found in the stool of people with hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV. A person who has hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household. Hepatitis A can cause: “flu-like” illness... Read More

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What is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a serious infection that affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus. In 2009, about 38,000 people became infected with hepatitis B. Each year about 2,000 to 4,000 people die in the United States from cirrhosis or liver cancer caused by hepatitis B. Hepatitis B can cause: Acute (short-term) illness. This can lead to: loss of appetite diarrhea and... Read More

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What is Shingles? Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is also called Herpes Zoster, or just Zoster. A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from 2 to 4 weeks. Its main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms of shingles can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Very rarely, a shingles infection can lead to... Read More

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What is HPV? Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives.  About 20 million Americans are currently infected, and about 6 million more get infected each year. HPV is usually spread through sexual contact. Most HPV infections don’t cause any... Read More

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What is Measles, Mumps, and Rubella? Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases. Before vaccines they were very common, especially among children.  Measles Measles virus causes rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever.  It can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring), brain damage, and death.  Mumps  Mumps virus causes fever, headache, muscle pain, loss of... Read More

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What is Meningococcal disease? Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years old in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections. About 1,000–1,200 people get meningococcal disease each year in the U.S. Even... Read More

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What is Pneumonia? Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact. It can cause ear infections, and it can also lead to more serious infections of the: Lungs (pneumonia), Blood (bacteremia), and Covering of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).  Pneumococcal pneumonia is most common among adults. Pneumococcal meningitis can cause deafness... Read More

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What is Tetanus? Tetanus is different from other vaccine-preventable diseases because it does not spread from person to person. The bacteria are usually found in soil, dust and manure and enter the body through breaks in the skin - usually cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects. Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of 29 reported cases per year from... Read More

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What is Whooping Cough? Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants. Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause serious illness in infants, children and adults. The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. After 1 to 2... Read More

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What is Varicella (Chickenpox)? Chickenpox (also called varicella) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults. It causes a rash, itching, fever, and tiredness.  It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death.  The chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person through the air, or by... Read More

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