teens meningitis

The connection between meningitis & teens

Posted on August 24, 2017

If your teen is headed to college this fall, you may have noticed that the meningococcal vaccine was either recommended or required. But why is that? Let’s first define what exactly the meningococcal vaccine protects against. The vaccine is designed to prevent meningococcal disease, which is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria. … »

whooping cough

Cocooning & your newborn: The whooping cough vaccine

Posted on October 11, 2016

You probably learned what a cocoon is way back in elementary school. It’s a silk covering used by insects to protect themselves as they grow and develop. But are you familiar with the term cocooning when it comes to babies? Cocooning for babies is much the same — it refers to having family members and … »


A back-to-school handbook on immunizations

Posted on August 8, 2016

You’re probably starting to shop for backpacks, notepads and pencils. Maybe you’ve taken a trip to the mall to pick out clothes and shoes for the new school year. But is your child prepared with the immunizations required for his or her grade level? Kids often receive age-appropriate vaccinations during their annual checkups. Keeping up … »

Reduce your risk of getting the flu

Posted on November 4, 2015

We are all familiar with influenza — the awful, achy illness better known as the flu. And anyone can get it. For most, the major symptoms of fever, sore throat, chills, cough, headaches, and muscle aches last only a few days. But for some, flu symptoms are worse — sometimes deadly. Those with chronic or … »