The recent measles outbreak is a stark reminder that diseases we once thought were conquered have the ability to reignite without proper precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported 141 cases in 17 states, including Texas, this year through Feb. 13. Most of the cases appear to be linked to people who contracted the … Continue reading The truth about the measles outbreak and vaccinations
During flu season, parents are often on high alert. As we all know, children are notorious for contracting and spreading infections. Children like to touch, lick and eat almost everything they come in contact with — especially when parents aren’t watching. Here are some tips to help you and your family minimize your risk of … Continue reading 5 ways to reduce your child’s chances of getting the flu, measles
I thought measles was a mild illness, why the alarm now? Measles is a severe disease, causing high fever and a flu-like illness with inflamed eyes, cough, congestion and a characteristic rash that is more severe than the usual rash that accompanies other viral infections. The infection can be complicated by ear infections, pneumonia and … Continue reading Questions and answers — Measles
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United States is experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in nearly 15 years. Hundreds of cases of the highly contagious disease have been reported so far this year in states across the country. Once thought to have gone the way of the Dodo bird, at least … Continue reading Eradicating 4 Myths about Measles
If you have paid attention to the news here in North Texas, you may have seen reports about an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough (as it’s more commonly known) in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. What’s behind this outbreak? Experts suggest it may be attributed to the recent trend of parents not vaccinating their children. … Continue reading Pertussis Outbreak: Why Children and Adults Should Get the Vaccine
This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Why are diseases like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles making a comeback? Many in North Texas have been surprised to find out that right here in the Metroplex we have seen a huge outbreak of these two diseases with whooping … Continue reading WATCH: What’s Behind Recent Measles and Whooping Cough Outbreaks in North Texas?
Just days ago, it was reported that more measles cases were discovered in Tarrant County, only heightening the awareness of the recent spread of one of the most contagious diseases known to man. Nearly 21 measles cases have been linked to North Texas counties in only a few short weeks. Should we be worried? The … Continue reading Measles Outbreak in North Texas: How To Protect Yourself
Shots. Just the sound of the word might bring up memories of dreaded doctor visits from your childhood. But the truth is that vaccines are a crucial part of primary care. How do vaccines work? The best way to look at how vaccines work are to view them as the attempt to mimic a natural … Continue reading History of vaccines and why you need them