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What are 5 different common childhood diseases?

What are 5 different common childhood diseases?

Classic 5 exanthema: Chicken pox, measles, rubella, mumps, roseola are the classic "childhood diseases" traditionally spoken of by lay people. They are in reality viral illnesses that have a rash associated with their clinical presentation. ...Read more

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What are some childhood diseases that you generally "grow out of" as you reach adulthood, what to do?

What are some childhood diseases that you generally "grow out of" as you reach adulthood, what to do?

PLease clarify: We dont really "outgrow" childhood dissease- we get them and develop immunity. Adults can still get chickenpox, pertussis, scarlet fever, mumps, measles, etc. If they did not have them as children. What to do? Eat well, drink lots water, take care of yourself so you dont get overwhelmed in case you did get ill. ...Read more

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Why are childhood diseases much more virulent in adults?

Why are childhood diseases much more virulent in adults?

Some are some not: Whooping cough is deadly to patients under 6mo old, while adults usually have a bronchitis lasting a few months. Chickenpox is usually a moderate illness in kids, but in the 70's we lost 50 kids/yr .For adults, a larger percentage get chickenpox pneumonia and can die, but that's how the germ works. I can think of many examples where your comment is just not true. Just unexpected. ...Read more

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Can vaccination for infectious childhood diseases be made compulsory?

Can vaccination for infectious childhood diseases be made compulsory?

Many are: This varies by state and each state will have its own method for obtaining exemptions. Most require proof of vaccine for entrance to state registered facilities like day care, school and college. Some parents dodge these requirement for a time by home schooling. ...Read more

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For what reason haven't vaccines wiped out certain childhood diseases?

For what reason haven't vaccines wiped out certain childhood diseases?

International travel: Someone can board a plane in the 3rd world incubating an illness, arrive in the us and be at your mall the next day.They can bring a vaccine preventable disease to you or your kids.This has been documented for measles in the houston area this year. Some germs also can travel undetected in asymptomatic people (hib).Each germ has specific features that make vaccine use a long term need. ...Read more

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How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

How come most of us get the "childhood diseases" such as measles and chicken box only once?

Immunizations.....: Have dramatically reduced the incidence of many childhood afflictions, some that were life-threatening or associated with significant morbidity. They are among the great success stories of modern medicine. Proof of this is represented by the difficulty young physicians have diagnosing illnesses that were once common. Notably, we are now seeing these illnesses develop in those with waning immunity. ...Read more

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I had varicella as an adult and wondered if I am at risk for other childhood diseases,none of which I had as a child.Thank you.

I had varicella as an adult and wondered if I am at risk for other childhood diseases,none of which I had as a child.Thank you.

Vaccinated?: If you were fully immunized as a child, you are most likely safe from contracting most other childhood diseases. That being said, a percentage of fully immunized people may not fully respond to the vaccines and still be susceptible. Your doctor can check titers to see if you are one of these people. ...Read more

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