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Summer is a Good Time for Moms to Learn About Certain Diseases Affecting Their Preteen and Teen

Preteens and teens are at risk for certain diseases, including human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease (meningitis), pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. "Preteens and teens are at risk for certain infectious diseases," said Dr. Jaime Fergie, Director of Infectious Diseases at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. "Many parents vaccinated their children as infants, and it's important that they also vaccinate them now that they are preteens and teens to help prevent certain diseases." Preteens and teens tend to have fewer regular healthcare visits as they get older, and visits are usually for sports physicals or because of illness. Moms can take advantage of doctor visits in the summer to talk to their child's healthcare professional about ways to help prevent these diseases. About Certain Infectious Diseases * Human Papillomavirus (HPV): HPV is a virus that will affect an estimated 75 to 80 percent of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But there's no way to predict who will or won't clear the virus. For those who don't clear certain types, HPV could cause cervical cancer in females and other HPV types can cause genital warts in both males and females. * Meningococcal disease (meningitis): Meningitis is a very serious infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can be spread from person to person by close contact. * Pertussis (whooping cough): Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection spread by coughing and sneezing. * Tetanus: Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by bacteria that enter the body through a cut or wound. continue reading »