Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, typically affects almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States. Health professionals estimate that there are about 1 million cases of shingles in this country each year. Whoever recovered from chickenpox can develop shingles later in life. While…

Among the diseases that impact the lives of children around the world, Rotavirus is very common. Before the vaccine was developed, most children in the United States were infected with rotavirus by their fifth birthday. Rotavirus is a potentially deadly disease that kills roughly 500,000…

Rabies is a rare, but usually fatal, contagious viral disease that is spread among warm-blooded animals, including humans. There have been less than 100 cases of rabies in the United States since 1990. This number is so low thanks to comprehensive vaccination programs. However, tens of thousands…

Poliomyelitis, or Polio as it is more commonly known, is a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS) of those it infects. The infection attacks motor neurons and gradually causes paralysis and an inability to survive without life support. The term Poliomyelitis comes…

Pneumococcal disease ranges in severity from ear and sinus infections to pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections. The disease poses a serious threat to health worldwide, causing 735,000 deaths each year. According to the Center for Disease Control, a third of the 2 million children who die…

It is estimated that every year in the United States approximately 1000 – 1,200 people are infected each year. Treatment typically consists of a regimen of strong antibiotics. However, administering special antibiotics does not guarantee that the person will survive or recover fully from…

Influenza is a type of respiratory illness which affects millions of people each year. There are many different strains of influenza viruses, but the most common would be the seasonal flu. Although common, influenza is a still a very serious medical condition which can be avoided through…