Streptococcus Pneumoniae

As its name would imply, streptococcus pneumoniae causes pneumonia, typically as a secondary complication of a viral infection like influenza or measles. However, this is no one-trick pony. Pnemococcus can also cause meningitis, sepsis, and less serious infections like sinusitis and otitis media (the common childhood ear infection). World-wide, it is responsible for more serious... Continue Reading →

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Pertussis (whooping cough)

This disease (and its vaccine) have gotten a lot of press lately and it's an important conversation to have. The fact is it's tough to vaccinate for this one. Contrary to common belief, even having the disease doesn't confer lifelong immunity and the vaccine certainly does not. The older whole cell formulation of the vaccine... Continue Reading →

Herd Immunity

Today we're going to talk about herd immunity. Despite what some folks on the internet may tell you, joining the herd does not make you a "sheeple", it makes you socially responsible. You've no doubt heard the catch phrase "herd immunity", recently changed to "community immunity" because it's more fun to say and because the... Continue Reading →

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