With the millions of people who die and are handicapped each year due to diseases that could have actually been prevented, vaccination has become a responsibility that every individual should undertake. Here are five diseases that people have the means, and more important, the responsibility to stop through vaccination.
Influenza: It doesn't need a bird to be deadly
People are all abuzz with the dangers of bird flu, not knowing that good-old influenza is more dangerous. The "flu" is the sixth leading cause of deaths among American adults and in the Philippines, there are approximately 500,000 to 700,000 cases yearly. Moreover, complications... read more
Most parents typically seek the help of a doctor when their child is sick. Experts have found out however, that it is also important to adopt a preventive healthcare strategy by regularly scheduling "well-child visits" to the pediatrician. So, what exactly is a "well-child visit?"
Well-child visits are regular check ups done by a pediatrician when a child or adolescent has no particular illness. Each visit includes a complete physical examination. This will assess the infant or young child's growth and development and help identi1 problems early as well as assess vaccines that are needed or booster doses that are necessary.... read more
You may find the rainy season refreshing after the hot, humid summer. During this time, however, you must be extra careful to stay healthy and avoid illnesses that abound during the wet weather. Here are some common illnesses that we are more prone to during the rainy season.Respiratory illnesses - Coughs and colds are prevalent during the cold, wet weather. Observe proper hygiene at all times, paying attention to handwashing. If you have caught cough or colds, make sure you cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It's best to avoid crowded places at this time since these... read more
Awareness about pneumonia can save your child's lifeEvery year, it kills over 2 million children below 5-year-old-more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. In the Asia Pacific region alone, it infects 98 children every hour.It's pneumonia-touted by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund as the "forgotten killer." Misconceptions lead the public to assume that pneumonia is no more threatening than an advanced case of cough and colds.Pneumonia is an inflammatory illness of the lung. It can be caused by an infection by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites or by chemical or physical injury to the lungs.The chief... read more