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What are some common childhood diseases?

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Flu, chickenpox, conjunctivitis, ear infection, rotavirus, measles and mumps are some common childhood diseases notes WebMD. WebMD additionally lists strep throat, ringworm and scarlet fever, while the Group Health Cooperative also includes croup and diarrhea on its top list.

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What are some common childhood diseases?
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According to the National Institutes of Health, all children fall sick at some point of during their growth. Previous research done by NIH has tremendously reduced the occurrence of most childhood diseases; however some like flu and croup are still difficult to avoid. The same applies to ear infections and conjunctivitis because they are caused by the same virus that causes common cold and are easily spread in schools and day care centers.

Rotavirus was a major cause of death in young children until a vaccine became available, and the number of new cases significantly reduced. Chicken pox, measles and mumps are still common in unvaccinated children, and when left untreated, can lead to serious conditions such as brain damage, deafness and reproductive problems.

Most of these diseases are encountered in the early months and years of life. Both NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a comprehensive vaccination program as a way of preventing them and reducing child mortality rates.

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