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Young girl getting a vaccination

The risk of opting out

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

It’s a growing trend that worries doctors, educators and public health officials — parents declining to vaccinate their children. Vaccine refusal rates have been on the rise in Texas. The number of unvaccinated children has reached an alarming 45,000-plus, putting them — and others around them — at risk for several serious diseases, including diphtheria and measles, experts warn. And the trend line is getting steeper. “We have seen a nearly 20-fold increase in the past 10 to 15 years,” said Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst, a UT Health San Antonio pediatrician. “It’s one of the public health concerns that I …Read More >

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Yes, it’s a wretched, awful, miserable flu season this year

Categories: Emergency care  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  News

If you thought flu season was bad this year, here’s a little confirmation. It’s bad this year. An early season and a troublesome flu strain have sickened a lot of people in our community, and across the country. It’s been setting some records at University Health System, where the virology lab is reporting total weekly numbers of cases approaching the volumes seen during the swine flu pandemic in 2009, with 273 positive cases the week ending Jan. 6. Most of those were University Health System patients, and the numbers are likely deceptively low because when flu is in full swing, …Read More >

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The mumps return

Categories: Children's Health  /  Infections  /  News

Quite a few students returned from spring break with more than sunburns this year. A cluster of 13 mumps cases have been traced to people who traveled to South Padre Island from six different states between March 8 and March 22. And state health officials have alerted doctors to be on the lookout for more. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an alert Wednesday, saying Texas is experiencing a 20-year high in mumps cases. Beyond South Padre, a number of outbreaks have been reported throughout the state. Texas has seen a total of 221 mumps cases so far …Read More >

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Paying proper attention to a familiar disease threat

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Pregnancy

It’s been a busy year for scary, emerging infectious diseases around the world, from Ebola virus disease to MERS, to the hard-to-pronounce chikungunya virus. Maybe because they’re new, they’ve gotten a lot of attention in the media and around the water cooler. But as we’re entering the start of this year’s flu season, it’s worth putting these disease threats in perspective. Influenza is also very serious. It kills some 15,000 Americans each year. It puts hundreds of thousands more in the hospital, and infects many millions. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic illnesses are at …Read More >

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More illnesses to ponder

Categories: Flu  /  Infections  /  News  /  Wellness

While the Ebola virus has been in the news of late, it’s worth pointing out a few other serious illnesses are actually circulating in San Antonio at the moment. Flu — The first lab-confirmed case of influenza A virus in Bexar County in the current flu season was reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the week of Sept. 27. Flu seasons are unpredictable, and it may be weeks before the virus starts to circulate widely (the peak of the season is often in December). Flu is a serious illness, killing as many as 50,000 people a …Read More >

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A sneeze in progress, revealing the plume of salivary droplets as they are expelled in a large cone-shaped array from a man's open mouth

Keep your family safe from flu

Categories: Blog  /  Flu  /  Infections

This year’s flu season is winding down by all accounts. It’s not over yet — and a bad case of flu is still pretty awful, whether you get it in the middle of flu season or at the end. So it’s still a good idea to wash your hands often, cover your cough or sneeze in the fold of your arm, and — perhaps most importantly — stay home if you’re sick. Just a few days ago we had a sick patient at University Hospital who became even sicker because a visitor probably passed on the flu virus. We saw …Read More >

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