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Is the pneumococcal vaccine important?

I came across an optional vaccine called pneumococcal for my younger baby which was not available at the time of my elder son. Is this vaccine important?

My daughter got scratched by my dog. Will she need a tetanus shot?

My daughter is 7 years old and while playing with my dog got accidentally scratched on her face. Nothing major and no blood, but there is a welt. Will she require a tetanus shot?...

Why do I keep getting strep throat?

I have strep for the third time this year! What could be the reason for this recurring infection?

For how long should I keep my child at home after chickenpox?

My daughter had a bout of chickenpox and is now recovering. How long should I keep her at home?

Is it okay if a healthy adult misses a flu vaccine?

This year I had an 8 month period where I didn't have health insurance and I missed my yearly flu shot. Is it okay to pick back up on it next year?

Are the measles contagious?

My eldest son was diagnosed with the measles. He's currently on treatment, but I'm scared that my daughter could also catch this disease. Is my daughter at risk?

What causes the hand foot mouth disease?

There have been about 6 cases of HFMD in my daughter's school, and I'm scare that my daughter would be diagnosed with it as well. What is the main cause of this disease? How...

Why does my child keep getting strep?

My child gets strep twice per year. This has been happening the last 3 years and I'm really worried. Is there a serious problem?

When is the earliest time per year a child should get their flu shot?

I know most people get them in the summer and early fall, but is there ever a time that's too early? Or what's the best time?

Are there different stages in HIV infection?

I would like to seek information about HIV disease. My close friend was just diagnosed. How does the disease progress in a person? Does treatment actually help or does it just...

Should I be concerned about dengue?

I've seen on the news that there have been a couple of dengue-related deaths around the world. As someone living in the US, should I be concerned?

What is the treatment for the NIPAH?

I read on ABC about this virus recently. I know it's spreading only in India but I researched into it and saw that there were cases in both Malaysia and Singapore. How dangerous...

Are there still cases of swine flu?

A few years ago, there were a lot of cases of swine flu in the United States, and if I remember correctly, a few people died from it. Now, I hardly hear of it. Are there still...

Had chickenpox as a young child

I'd like a medical opinion. Having chickenpox as a child I was isolated at home in a darker room for a few days. Is this to remove heat to the skin that one gets from exposure...

What can help?

Does running help get rid of chlamydia?

Is lyme disease common among pet owners?

I am contemplating buying a pet dog but am nervous about my dog catching and transmitting Lyme as we live in a Lyme-prone area. If I use flea and tick medicine on my future dog,...

What's the difference between dengue and other mosquito diseases?

What's the difference between dengue and other mosquito diseases, like west nile virus?

What should I do for recurrent pink eye?

I get pink eye at least twice a year. It's super frustrating and embarrassing. Is there something I can do about it so it never comes back?

What are the symptoms of the H1NI flu? Is it still an issue?

What are some of the confirmed symptoms of the H1NI flu? How is the condition treated? Is hospitalization a must?

If my daughter has a viral infection, why did the doctor prescribe antibiotics?

I read online that antibiotics are ideally prescribed for bacterial infection. However every time my daughter has a viral infection the doctor prescribes an antibiotic. Why?...

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