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…

What is Human Papillomavirus / HPV
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), an estimated 20 million adults currently have HPV and 6.2 million will contract it each year. The virus can…

Hepatitis B is a serious disease that affects the liver and can result in lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and even death. The illness comes in acute as well as in chronic form. Either way, a hepatitis B infection can go completely unrecognized….

This is a disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It affects tens of millions of people each year, though many infected people have little or no symptoms at all. It is especially common in regions with poor sanitation and contaminated drinking water. While most people with…

In the past, chickenpox was a common childhood illness in the United States, particularly for children under the age of 10. The development of a vaccine in the 1970s has led to a decline in cases. While most symptoms of this contagious disease can be managed at home without a stay at a health…

Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis are very serious bacterial diseases. While diphtheria and pertussis spread from person to person, tetanus enters the body through broken skin. Before the DTaP vaccine became available to the public, roughly 200,000 people contracted diphtheria and tetanus, and…