Vaccines and Prevention
The MMR Vaccine: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
The MMR vaccine is a combination vaccine made up of three live, attenuated viruses, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Find out more about the MMR vaccine and who should or should not receive it. Learn about its safety and effectiveness against these three childhood viruses.
Eat it with a Grain of Salt
Preserving food with salt is an ancient human practice that dates back before written records. Beef jerky, pickles, and smoked salmon are all examples of common foods that are preserved using salt. But are salty foods really safer to eat?
Got Pasteurized Milk?
Pasteurization of milk is an important process that limits the spread of milk-borne infectious diseases. Learn more about the different processes used for pasteurization. Find out the truth about pasteurized vs. raw milk.
Sick of Stress or Sick from Stress?
Can stress really increase your likelihood of getting sick? How does stress impact your immune system? Which infections are you more prone to getting when stressed? What can you do about it?
Kitchen and Food Safety
Good hygienic cooking and food preparation practices in your kitchen are essential for limiting the possible spread of foodborne infectious diseases. Get tips on prevention of food-borne disease and the reasons behind them.
Rotavirus Vaccine Radar
The Rotateq vaccine is a promising new vaccine for rotavirus infection that leads to severe diarrhea in small children. Find out how well it works and how safe it is.
Penny-Pinching Pills and Prevention Tips
Economic woes got you down? Times of financial stress can make you more prone to infections. Find out some quick and easy ways you can save money and stay free of infections.
Rats, Mosquitoes, and Snakes, Oh My!
Hurricane Ike devastated the city of Galveston, Texas on the morning of September 13th, 2008. In its aftermath, returning residents to Galveston are finding themselves amidst swarms of rotting herd animals, mosquitoes, rats, and snakes. To top it off, there is limited drinking water, electricity, and medical care. What are the infectious disease risks associated with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, and what can the residents of Galveston do about it? How can we help?
10 Tips to Prevent Infections
What's the best way to prevent you and your loved ones from getting sick from infectious microbes? Look beyond the obvious and learn some important tips for staying healthy.
Evolution of Personal Hygiene
Did you know that people did not always wash their hands before eating or after going to the bathroom? How was the importance of clean water discovered? What kind of impact did invention of the flush toilet make on society? Find out how personal hygiene evolved from the mid-19th century to the daily practices we use today.