Definition Strep throat is caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria. It is the most common bacterial infection of the throat. Alternative Names Pharyngitis - streptococcal; Streptococcal pharyngitis Causes, incidence, and risk factors Strep throat is most common in children between age 5 and 15, although anyone can get it. Strep throat is spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It commonly spreads among family or household members.
Definition Alternative Names Children and tonsillectomies Information Today, many parents wonder if it is wise for children to have the tonsils taken out. Tonsillectomy may be recommended if your child has any of the following: Difficulty swallowing Obstructed breathing during sleep Throat infections or throat abscesses that keep returning In most cases, inflammation of the tonsils can be successfully treated with antibiotics. There are always risks associated with surgery. You and your childs doctor may consider a tonsillectomy if: Your child has frequent infections (7 or more times in 1 year, or 5 or more times over 2 years) Your child misses a lot of school Your child snores, has trouble breathing, and has sleep apnea Your child has an abscess or growth on their tonsils
Clever headline isn’t it? Wish I could take credit, however, it’s from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Seasonal Flu website . Have you had your flu shot this year? I have. Vaccination is the best way to combat the spread of influenza “the flu” each year. The majority of adults have antibody protection within 2 weeks after vaccination and with “the flu” not appearing in certain communities until February or March, it is not too late to get your shot for full protection. National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 8-14, 2008 I received my flu shot this past Friday morning. It was smooth sailing without causing any difficulties with my multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. Now, the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine I also received on Friday STILL hurts and I’ve got the big, nasty, hard lump to prove it. The National MS Society references Immunizations and Multiple Sclerosis , published in 2001 by the Mul...
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