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Bacterial & Viral Infections

A to Z: Cat Scratch Disease

Cat scratch disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Bartonella henselae. It comes from a scratch or bite of an infected cat, usually a kitten.

A to Z: Otitis Media (Ear Infection)

Learn more about otitis media, an infection of the middle ear.

A to Z: Yeast Infection

See: Candidiasis.


Adenoviruses can infect the lining of the eyes, airways and lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. They're common causes of fever, coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and pinkeye.


Babesiosis is a rare illness that happens when tiny parasites infect red blood cells, usually after a bite from an infected tick.

Booster Shots

The immune protection from a vaccine can fade over time. Booster shots and additional doses can help. Here's how.


Bronchiolitis is a common illness of the respiratory tract caused by an infection that affects tiny airways. The best treatment for most kids with bronchiolitis is time to recover and plenty of fluids.


Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. When a person has bronchitis, it may be harder for air to pass in and out of the lungs.

Campylobacter Infections

These bacterial infections can cause diarrhea, cramping, belly pain, and fever. Good hand-washing and food safety habits can help prevent them.

Can Kids Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Along With the Flu Vaccine?

It's safe for kids to get a COVID-19 vaccine along with any other routine vaccine, including the flu vaccine.