flu vaccine

Vaccination is perhaps the best way to protect yourself against many diseases including flu, but flu vaccine is no silver bullet. The vaccine’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness among that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in the United States, the vaccine’s performance…

flu

The best protection from catching the influenza virus is to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is not effective in 100 percent of cases, but there are other simple steps in combination with the vaccine that you can take to prevent flu, such as washing your hands with soap and warm water frequently. It’s also…

German measles

Rubella or German measles, also known as three-day measles, is an infection caused by the rubella virus. Rubella is often mild and half of the people who catch the virus don’t even realize that they are infected. A rash can start around two weeks after exposure and last for three days. The rash usually starts…

measles

Measles, or rubeola (different from rubella), is a serious viral infection of the respiratory system. It’s a very contagious disease that spreads through contact with infected person’s mucus and saliva. An infected person can release the virus into the air when coughing or sneezing. The virus can live on surfaces for several hours. Signs and…

mumps

Mumps is a serious viral disease caused by the mumps virus that usually affects children. The first signs and symptoms most commonly include fever, headache, muscle pain, and fatigue. These symptoms are then followed by painful swelling of parotid salivary glands. Symptoms typically start 16 to 18 days after the virus exposure and go away…

Tetanus

Many people are quite acquainted with the word tetanus and tetanus vaccine. The thing is, not everyone knows exactly what the disease is. Tetanus is a condition wherein the bacteria called Clostridium tetani causes it. Once the bacteria pass through an open wound, this can create neurotoxins. The neurotoxins will be responsible for the infected…

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