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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

Expect a different flu season: Why you'll want to be vaccinated for the flu

This year's flu season could be different than the last two years. A Mayo Clinic expert explains why vaccination for flu will be important this year.

September 8, 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

Why it's important to support kids who identify as LGBTQ and may be struggling

The teen years are challenging, but for LGBTQ youth, statistics for mental health issues and suicide risk are alarming. Supporting LGBTQ youth who are struggling starts with lending a listening ear.

June 24, 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

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

What to know about FDA limits on use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine

Because of an elevated, but low, risk of blood clots associated with the J&J COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA has limited its use. A Mayo Clinic expert explains what the latest recommendation means for you.

May 10, 2022