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Is polio back?

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A: Polio was never gone, but there is a re-emergence in places where it has not been found for many decades. Polio is an infectious disease that many Americans over 70 might remember from their childhoods. Mass vaccination campaigns in the U.S. and many other countries largely stopped the virus from circulating for many decades,

Si me vacuné contra la viruela cuando era niño, ¿estoy protegido contra la viruela del mono?

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Respuesta corta: Probablemente hasta cierto punto, pero no está claro cuánto. Debido a que el virus que causa la viruela del mono es similar al virus de la viruela, las vacunas contra la viruela son efectivas para prevenir que las personas contraigan la viruela del mono. Estudios previos con la vacuna Dryvax (la vacuna contra

Recientemente tuvimos una publicación y compartimos una gráfica sobre el herpes zóster / culebrilla.

Infectious Diseases Posts en Español

Publicación aquí Gráfica aquí La gráfica que compartimos hoy fue publicada hace unos años por el periódico El Nuevo Diario y cubre información sobre las fases de la enfermedad. La gráfica no fue creada por Querida Pandemia. Puede haber algunas inconsistencias en esta gráfica, las cuales hemos aclarado previamente. Para cualquier pregunta adicional sobre esta

How do the monkeypox vaccines work?

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The JYNNEOS vaccine is a live, attenuated FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of monkeypox and smallpox. This means that the vaccine contains a weakened version of the vaccinia virus, a virus very similar to monkeypox and smallpox. This weakened virus cannot make copies of itself or spread. The body recognizes the virus and makes antibodies

If I got the smallpox vaccine as a kid, am I protected against monkeypox?

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Short answer: Probably to some degree, but just how much is up in the air. Because the virus that causes monkeypox is similar to the smallpox virus, smallpox vaccines are effective at preventing people from getting monkeypox. Prior studies using the Dryvax vaccine (the first-generation smallpox vaccine that was used during smallpox eradication), showed that

Can COVID-19 trigger shingles?

Infectious Diseases

In a nutshell, yes. Researchers recently found that people over 50 who had COVID were more likely to get shingles than people who did not have COVID. This risk persists for at least 6 months following COVID-19 infection. A separate study looked at people who got either mRNA vaccine for COVID-19 and found NO elevated