Tag: vaccines

6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

Influenza- how to prevent, how to treat

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Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

In 1961,  my mother and I went to my school on a Sunday afternoon to receive the newly released oral polio vaccine. She along with other parents eagerly sought a way to prevent a dreaded disease that had the potential to cripple or even kill their children. In medical school I learned about diphtheria, a … Continue reading Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

This week autumn begins in the northern hemisphere. Where I live, fall brings brilliant orange,yellow and red to our trees and shrubs,  the start of the school term and football season. Unfortunately,  fall also brings the cold and flu season.   This is usually the busiest time of the year in physician offices, urgent care … Continue reading 6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

Vaccination prevents disease- part 2

Vaccination prevents disease- part 2

In part 1  I discussed the vaccine preventable bacterial diseases . Here we'll look at viral infections.   Virus vs Bacteria One major difference between bacterial and viral infections is the treatment. We have many more effective antibiotics (drugs which fight bacteria) than we do antiviral drugs. And antibiotics do not affect viruses. Despite that fact, patients … Continue reading Vaccination prevents disease- part 2