Infectious Diseases

The power of immunization

I am a millennial, and as a member of the generation that includes the children of baby boomers, I’ve been spoiled. Our generation hasn’t seen the kids wearing braces as a result of polio. We haven’t seen the devastating neurologic effects of a measles infection. We’ve been spared the agony of watching haemophilus influenza B (HIB) meningitis drain the life out of a child. We haven’t seen these diseases, and we forget how lucky we … Read More

2016 in review: Doernbecher’s top stories

Safety first! Tips and tricks to keep kids safe and healthy reigned supreme on our blog this year – from Pokémon GO to laundry detergent packets. At OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, we are committed to giving parents and caregivers the resources they need to make informed decisions about their children’s well-being. Here are this year’s most-read blog posts. Enjoy! 1. Laundry detergent packets: convenient or catastrophic? Ever since laundry packets were introduced to the U.S. … Read More

A day in the life of a Doernbecher doc

For the last 12 years, Dr. Judy Guzman has cared for OHSU Doernbecher patients with infectious diseases. She loves working with kids because of their optimism, and it’s safe to say our patients and families feel the same way about her. Affectionately known as “The Guz” among some patient families, Dr. Guzman is also involved in several projects aimed at decreasing hospitalized children’s risk of developing infections. This Doctors Day, we sat down with Dr. … Read More

What you need to know about Zika virus

Medical and public interest has focused on Zika virus and its effects on the unborn babies of pregnant women. Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes; this virus has been detected in countries in Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Zika virus usually causes mild disease (fever, rash, pink eye, joint pains) and goes away without the person needing much medical attention. However, there may be a relationship between pregnant women having Zika virus … Read More

Free flu vaccine for patients, parents and families at Doernbecher

Edited 9/18/17 to include up-to-date vaccination information OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is offering free flu shots to the parents and close family contacts of its established patients. The program is intended to protect OHSU Doernbecher’s youngest and most vulnerable patients. Babies younger than 6 months, for example, cannot receive the flu vaccine.The next best means of protection is to “cocoon” the infants, or insulate them from infection, by immunizing their family members. OHSU Doernbecher’s “Free Vaccine for … Read More

Flu vaccine decreases a child’s risk of serious illness

Each winter or spring, millions of people are infected with influenza, thousands of children are admitted to pediatric intensive care units, or PICUs, for complications of influenza infection, and as many as 200 of them die. Influenza, or flu, virus infection causes a respiratory illness with symptoms that may include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent flu infection and its complications, … Read More

Q: I think my child has the flu. Should we go to the Emergency Room?

A: You should first contact your pediatrician, but if your child has an extremely high fever — more than 104 degrees — or is acting unusual, for example very sleepy or irritable, you should consider seeking immediate medical attention. Winter is a common time for infectious illnesses such as pneumonia, bronchiolitis, or lung infections, or the flu; ensuring your child gets a flu shot can prevent or reduce the severity of influenza. Flu shots are especially important … Read More

A message from the “Vaccines for Parents” group

Edited 9/18/17 to include up-to-date vaccination information You can help control influenza activity in our community by getting vaccinated. It’s important to get vaccinated every year against the flu. The vaccine is given each year because immunity decreases after a year, and because each year’s vaccine is formulated to prevent that year’s anticipated strains of influenza viruses. Once again, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital will be offering free flu vaccines to our patients’ parents and other adult … Read More

Why should my newborn get the hepatitis B vaccine?

What is hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is spread when a person comes in contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. The virus can enter the body through cuts or bites on the skin or through unprotected sex with an infected person. Newborns can get hepatitis B during birth if the mother is infected. However, many people who get the virus … Read More

What parents should know about over-the-counter cold medications

I often have families come to me looking for a magic formula that will cure their child’s cold and get rid of all the symptoms. Simply put: There is no magic formula for treating a cold, and there are no over-the-counter (OTC) products that are safe and effective for treating young kids. You should never use OTCs in kids younger than 6, and I never recommend them in general. Before we talk about the meds … Read More

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