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Archive: February 2016

Influenza Q&A

by Miguel Knochel, MD A short Q&A about Influenza: Q. “Why do doctors give flu vaccine?” A. So that less people die. We give influenza vaccine to all people over 6 months old to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and death.  Did you know that the flu shot

Understanding Croup

by Miguel L. Knochel, MD Last week we discussed bronchiolitis, which is usually caused by RSV.  Today I want help you better understand croup.  Croup is swelling of the upper airway caused by a virus, usually Parainfluenza.  Despite the name, Parainfluenza has nothing to do

Understanding Bronchiolitis

by Miguel Knochel, MD Many respiratory viruses circulate in the winter in Utah, passed from person to person by droplets from sneezes and coughs.  They can affect the respiratory tract from the nose, down the throat and trachea, to the lungs. What is bronchiolitis?   Bronchiolitis