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Why Vaccinate?

We live in a world fraught with dangers, but widespread death due to infectious diseases should not be one of them. These days we tend to worry about newly emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or …

Can You Catch a Cold From Being Cold?

It may seem like superstition, but when your mother told you to bundle up and stay warm to keep from catching a cold, she – ¬†knowingly or not- actually had a scientific basis for her …

Connecting Zika and Birth Defects

Over the years public health officials have had to deal with numerous emerging diseases; SARS, Lyme Disease, Ebola and most recently, Zika virus. While some of these diseases have been around for years, sometimes they …

Influenza Resources

We have prepared some facts, graphics and a few links to some useful videos on influenza for upcoming¬†flu season. What is Influenza? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection …

Viruses in the Human Genome?

Since we are in flu season, you are probably aware that viruses enjoy taking over our lives, but not all viruses cause disease. In fact, there are many different outcomes for a virus after it …