Children’s Health

February Mortar & Pestle Focuses on Cough & Cold Medications

We just finished wishing everyone a Happy New Year; celebrated Orthodox Christmas and New Year and even fit in the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse!  All of this happened in January of this new year, 2014. February has arrived which means that Ground Hog day near.  Another day where we look …

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Whooping Cough On The Rise Again?

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordatella pertussis.   Among vaccine-preventable diseases, whooping cough is among the most commonly occurring ones in Canada. Whooping cough is making a comeback in Southern Alberta despite the fact that an effective vaccination exists for people of all ages. Already in Southern Alberta this …

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Infant Vaccination: Rotavirus

When it comes to infant vaccinations, most parents depend on the Health unit to provide the required vaccinations and to educate them on which vaccines are recommended. These public vaccinations are offered free of charge and include: polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, haemipholus influenza type B, pneumococcal, meningococcal, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. This series of vaccinations are scheduled to be administered over the course of 5 visits at age 2, 4, 6, 12, and 18 months. There is one infant vaccination that is not on this list that many parents are unaware of and that is the rotavirus vaccine.

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