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Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but some organisms under certain conditions may cause disease.

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Are you experiencing frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you're experiencing frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not alone. You may be experiencing pandemic anger, or "panger." Learn how you can cope rather than react.

October 18, 2021
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Get your flu shot, COVID-19 vaccine at the same time

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and the flu. Learn why and how you can get both shots at the same time.

October 18, 2021
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Conversations when kids test positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 cases among children are on the rise across the country. Parents have been asking lots of questions on how to talk with their children about a positive test. Here are a few tips.

Jennifer Brumm MD By Jennifer Brumm October 15, 2021
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Ending the pandemic of misinformation, misperception

Misinformation continues to slow efforts to bring COVID-19 under control. In this webinar, a Mayo Clinic expert explains the state and direction of the pandemic, along with the harm posed by untruths.

October 7, 2021
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Quick, easy online scheduling for COVID-19 test offers reassurance to traveling family

When Mark Veldhuizen started showing COVID-19 symptoms while traveling with his family, as someone with cancer, he knew he needed to be seen quickly. Through online scheduling, he got an appointment the next morning.

October 6, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine boosters

The FDA has approved a COVID-19 booster vaccine. Find out who is eligible and how to schedule a booster dose.

September 27, 2021
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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 27, 2021
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Flu shots and COVID-19

All the safety measures that prevent COVID-19 also prevent flu. With masking and social distancing requirements relaxed, it's time to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your family from influenza.

September 20, 2021
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COVID-19 variants, what to know about mutations

A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621, or mu, is being monitored by scientists. Read how variants are classified and what you need to know today.

September 13, 2021
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Coronavirus vs. flu: Similarities, differences

COVID-19 and the flu have many similarities and some key differences. Find out what to know and how to protect yourself from these diseases.

September 8, 2021
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An ounce of prevention: Preparing for another COVID-19 wave

Four physicians share their thoughts on the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the upper Midwest, and provide tips on what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Sumit Bhagra MD By Sumit Bhagra September 2, 2021
Brian Whited MD By Brian Whited September 2, 2021
Jason WrayRaabolle MD By Jason Wray-Raabolle September 2, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked

You've likely heard about the new COVID-19 vaccines, but what should you believe? We'll set the record straight on some of the circulating myths.

September 2, 2021