Related Conditions

Many life-threatening diseases are almost non-existent in western countries because of immunizations.  They start right after birth and many are given throughout a baby's first 23 months. Booster shots occur throughout life.

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a common illness that causes an itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over the body. It is most common in children, but most...

Diphtheria

Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and even death.

Hepatitis

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. It goes away on its own in almost all cases. Hepatitis A does not lead to long-term liver...

Human papillomavirus

A human papillomavirus (HPV) test is done to find a high-risk HPV infection in women. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). An HPV test...

Influenza (Seasonal flu)

Influenza (flu) is a viral infection. People often use the term "flu" to describe any kind of mild illness, such as a cold or a stomach virus that...

Measles

Measles is a very contagious infection that causes a rash all over your body. It is also called rubeola or red measles. It is very rare in the...

Meningitis

Meningitis is an infection of the coverings around the brain and spinal cord. The infection occurs most often in children, teens, and young adults....

MMR

Measles, mumps and rubella are serious diseases caused by viruses. They are spread from person to person through the air. Measles virus can...

Pertussis

Whooping cough is a disease that causes very severe coughing that may last for months. You can cough so hard that you hurt a rib. Whooping cough is...

Polio

Polio (poliomyelitis) is a viral illness that damages nerves that control muscles, resulting in muscle weakness. In severe illnesses, a person can...

Tetanus

Tetanus is a disease caused by a bacterial infection. The bacteria make a toxin, or poison, that causes severe muscle spasms. Tetanus can be very...