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Bacterial & Viral Infections

Staph Infections

When skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. But good hygiene can prevent many staph infections. Learn more.

Strep Throat

Strep throat is a common cause of sore throat in kids and teens. It usually requires treatment with antibiotics, but improves in a few days.

Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)

Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Early treatment can cure it and prevent long-term problems.

Talking to Your Kids About STDs

Your kids need to understand how STDs spread and how to protect themselves. Here's how to talk to them about sexually transmitted diseases.

Tetanus

Tetanus (also called lockjaw) is a preventable disease that affects the muscles and nerves, usually due to a contaminated wound.

The COVID-19 Vaccine

Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Find answers here!

The Danger of Antibiotic Overuse

Taking antibiotics too often or for the wrong reason has led to a dangerous rise in bacteria that no longer respond to medicine. Find out what you can do to prevent antibiotic overuse.

The Flu (Influenza)

Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and are worse than the sneezing and stuffiness of a cold. The flu is very contagious. Find out what to do in this article for parents.

Tick Removal: A Step-by-Step Guide

Boy, your child's freckles really stand out in the sun — yikes, that one is actually a tick! What should you do?