Flu Shot Candidates
    Flu Shot Candidates

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older. When flu vaccine supplies are limited, the CDC recommends priority vaccination for the following groups: (m…

    Cold Or Flu? How To Tell The Difference
    Cold Or Flu? How To Tell The Difference

    Dr. Greene's take on how to distinguish: cold or flu? The symptoms we get during a viral illness are often the body's attempt to get rid of the virus and to minimize damage. Sneezing ejects the virus …

    Cold and Flu Differences
    Cold and Flu Differences

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: I am so glad you asked this question. Cold and flu have become an inseparable pair, like salt and pepper or New Year's and weight loss. Walking down the "cold and flu" aisle of an…

    What is Pertussis?
    What is Pertussis?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Pertussis, or whooping cough, which once ravaged children around the world, is again on the rise. Worldwide, about 300,000 people die from the disease each year. Global travel can…

    Pertussis Vaccination

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm so glad you asked about pertussis vaccination. Let me share a story. I stood outside the closed door of the hospital room where an adorable 6-week-old baby lay all alone in he…

    Pertussis Exposure

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Almost all adults are susceptible to pertussis, or whooping cough. Between 60 and 80 percent of infants are protected after the first 3 doses of vaccine, but this protection begin…

    Diagnosing Pertussis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Current lab tests to detect pertussis are either slow, cumbersome, not readily available, or often fail to pick up the disease. For this reason, the number of proven cases reporte…

    Fast Facts about Pertussis
    Fast Facts about Pertussis

    Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough. Pertussis is caused by bacteria that attach themselves to the cilia (little hairs) that line the respiratory tract. These bacteria produce a potent toxin…

    Sick Children in the Daycare Setting

    Dr. Greene's Answer: This is a very complex and important question. It concerns the care of millions of kids in the United States alone -- over 50 percent of preschool-age children are in group day ca…

    Baby looking into the camera. Does she have swollen lymph nodes?
    Swollen Lymph Nodes: Normal, infection or malignancy?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Almost every day, Shelley, concerned parents ask me about lumps in their children's necks or scalps. Most of the time, these turn out to be normal. Occasionally, though, they are …

    Colds, Allergies and Sinus Infections
    Colds, Allergies and Sinus Infections

    Parents often ask me whether their children's constantly runny noses are the result of allergies, sinus infections, or of one cold after another. (more…)…

    The Difference between Colds and Allergies
    The Difference between Colds and Allergies

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Let's begin by considering together the birds and the bees... Pollen is used by plants to reproduce. Come springtime, many plants dress themselves with beautiful, vibrant flowers …

    Meningitis Symptoms

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Bacterial meningitis strikes in two common ways. Sudden onset meningitis features shock, internal bleeding, purple spots, and reduced consciousness at the very outset, with a rapi…

    Bacterial Meningitis
    Bacterial Meningitis

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Neal, even just hearing about the gaping wound of having your precious son so rudely wrenched from your life creates a deep ache in me and in many parents who will read this. How …

    Coxsackieviruses and Hand-Foot-and-Mouth
    Coxsackieviruses and Hand-Foot-and-Mouth

    Dr. Greene`s Answer: How terrifying to live where a deadly virus runs unchecked through the children! In the modern world of international airplane travel, this terror could happen anywhere. Anytime. …

    What Are Coxsackieviruses?
    What Are Coxsackieviruses?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Coxsackieviruses belong to a large family called the enteroviruses (named for their tendency to thrive in the human intestine). The most famous member of this family is polio, whi…

    Fast Facts about Febrile Seizures
    Fast Facts about Febrile Seizures

    Some children have seizures or convulsions when they have fevers. Febrile seizures occur in 3% to 5% of otherwise healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Toddlers are the most commo…

    Asian girl with female adult hand on face checking for fevers.
    Fevers

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Not very long ago -- when my parents were children -- a high fever in a child could mean there was a serious, untreatable condition. Today, most of the devastating illnesses causi…

    Fast Facts about Fevers
    Fast Facts about Fevers

    Dr. Greene's take on fevers... Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections in humans thrive best at 98.6 degrees F (37C). Raising the temperature a few degrees can give the body the winning edge. …

    How to Treat Scabies

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Scabies are tiny mites that commonly infest the skin. They are highly contagious. Children are the most vulnerable, but anyone can get them. Whenever a child develops intense itch…