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What parents should know about RSV

Upper respiratory infections are a common occurrence this time of year. As seasonal cases of influenza and RSV increase, find out how to manage symptoms at home and when to seek care.

Dennis Costakos MD By Dennis Costakos November 24, 2022

When to seek medical help for RSV or flu symptoms in children

With an early increase in RSV and influenza cases, a Mayo Clinic expert shares three things parents can watch for when determining if they should seek care for a sick child.

November 18, 2022

Prepare for a challenging flu season: Get vaccinated now

After two mild flu seasons, a Mayo Clinic expert shares why this year's flu season may be different and how to protect your family from the flu virus.

October 20, 2022

Answers to questions about COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines

A Mayo Clinic expert explains the bivalent booster, which protects against the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5.

October 14, 2022

Don't skip your flu shot this year

Put up your best defense. It's time for your seasonal flu shot. Learn why it's more important than ever to be vaccinated.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson September 22, 2022

Is a do-not-resuscitate tattoo a valid advance directive?

Tattoos are a common method of expression or marking significant events. But can you use a tattoo to communicate health care wishes? Learn why picking up a pen, not a tattoo needle, is the better option.

Hilary Bingol, M.D. By Hilary Bingol August 25, 2022

Monkeypox Q&A

Health officials continue to monitor and track increasing cases of monkeypox. Learn about symptoms, how it spreads, who should be tested and if a vaccine is available.

August 17, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers

FDA advisers voted unanimously to recommend emergency-use authorization for Moderna and Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines for young children. A Mayo Clinic expert shares what this means for parents.

June 22, 2022

Spiritual healing post-pandemic stress

Stress is affecting many people in the post-pandemic world. And higher levels of stress and anxiety may continue for some time. Learn how to use your spiritual life to manage stress and heal.

June 13, 2022

What you need to know about monkeypox

The CDC is tracking multiple clusters of monkeypox. A Mayo Clinic expert explains what this virus is, how it's transmitted and what you need to know.

May 25, 2022

Advice for parents during baby formula shortage

While baby formula is in short supply right now, you may be tempted to water it down or use homemade formula. Learn why this can be dangerous, and get advice for getting formula for your baby.

May 24, 2022

COVID-19 booster vaccinations extended to kids 5–11

Vaccination continues to be a safe, effective way to prevent serious illness and hospitalizations from COVID-19. Here's what parents of children ages 5–11 need to know.

May 24, 2022