Infectious Disease


Bronchitis: Should I Take Antibiotics?

Guides through decision to take antibiotics for acute bronchitis. Explains when antibiotics are helpful. Covers risks of antibiotics. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Chickenpox Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Varicella (also called chickenpox) is a very contagious viral disease. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. Chickenpox is usually mild, but it can be serious in infants under 12 months of age, adolescents, adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Chickenpox causes an itchy rash that…

Cholera Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Cholera is a disease that can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. If it isn’t treated quickly, it can lead to dehydration and even death. About 100,000-130,000 people are thought to die from cholera each year, almost all of them in countries where the disease is common. Cholera is caused by bacteria, and spread through…

DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are serious diseases caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds. DIPHTHERIA causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death…

Flu Vaccines: Should I Get a Flu Vaccine?

Guides you through the decision to get a flu vaccine. Provides info on the flu shot. Explains who should and should not get a flu vaccine. Covers benefits and risks. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.