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Illness

Get ahead of illness and answer common questions with these expert tips. And when you're sick, be sure to log your temperature and symptoms in the Kinsa app so you can get personalized guidance to feel better faster.

What to Know About Monkeypox

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ve probably heard about an emerging infectious disease called monkeypox. What is it and what can we do?

COVID Vaccine Approved For Kids Under 5

The time has come! COVID vaccinations have finally been approved for our youngest kiddos, ages 6 months up to 5 years old! What do you need to know?

Night Sweats. Why Do They Happen and What Can We Do?

Nearly half of adults experience night sweats for one reason or another. While most of them aren't worrisome, they are still quite disruptive to your sleep (and possibly your sleeping partner)!

What to Know About the Newest COVID Subvariants as We Head into Summer

When alphabet soups of letters (and numbers) to name COVID-19 subvariants become commonplace…our eyes start to glaze over. Here we break down what you need to know about the new strains in town. 

Should you get a second COVID booster?

With second boosters now on the table, let's cover who is eligible and who we'd recommend them for. Also, should you time it with an upcoming vacation?

What’s the deal with Paxlovid?

If you're high-risk for serious illness due to COVID and you haven't heard of Paxlovid, listen up! (Please.) This prescription medication reduces the risk of hospitalization. Find out if you're eligible!

What to Know About Long COVID

Many people have been hit with COVID-19 and then we've got another bucket of people who just can't get out of its grasp. Long COVID affects millions of people worldwide and while there's still a lot to learn, there are some things you can do to understand it and start to regain some semblance of your pre-COVID self.

COVID Cases Likely to Rise Again

Case counts that ebb and flow are likely part of our reality for the foreseeable future. Here's what to know about the global spread of the Omicron sub-variant BA.2, along with a few practical tips to remain resilient so these ebbs and flows don't pack quite the same punch in the future.

Why We’re Not Too Worried About BA.2

Just as the Omicron wave (or BA.1) was slowing down in the United States, we started to hear about a new sub-variant known as BA.2. Based on what’s known so far, we’re not too worried about it, and here's why.

Your Top Questions as the Pandemic Slows

Antivirals, a fourth vaccine (?), and long-lasting symptoms - Nurse Blake answers some lingering questions!

Vaccine-Hesitancy to Booster-Hesitancy

Recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 70% of Americans eligible for the COVID booster have received one. With CDC data showing that the original two-dose regimen plus a booster is 90% effective at preventing hospitalization (yep, even with Omicron circulating), we wondered - what happened to the 30% of people who are eligible for the booster shot but haven’t gotten it yet?

How an Epidemiologist Handles Decision-Making in the Age of Omicron

Do I go to the gym? How should I respond to that dinner invite from friends? My favorite artist is having a concert, should I go? Lead epidemiologist, Danielle, walks through her risk-benefit calculus as she makes these daily decisions.

Influenza Care Guide

The flu is one of the most uncomfortable viruses to have. Find out what you can do to alleviate symptoms and learn when to reach out to the doctor.

My husband got COVID over Christmas break. Here's how we handled it.

My husband tested positive for COVID 3 days before Christmas. This meant my husband, myself and our two daughters spent the holidays attempting to make sense of the ever-changing COVID isolation guidelines.

Sore Throat Care Guide

Ease the discomfort of a sore throat and know when to call the doctor.

All About Shingles

What is shingles, how did you get it and how can you treat it? Can it be prevented in the first place? (Hint: if you're over 50, yes!)

Shingles Vaccine Info

This article is for generally healthy folks 50+ who have had chickenpox in the past (psst! this is almost all of you!).

What We Know About Omicron

Our clinical and epidemiology teams comb through clinical research to answer your top questions on vaccine efficacy, protection from prior infection, how to best protect yourself and loved ones and, yes, how on earth to pronounce "Omicron."

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Care Guide

Learn what hand, foot, and mouth disease is and what you can do to alleviate symptoms.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention

If someone in your child's classroom has been diagnosed with Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease, let us help you with the do's and don'ts so you can keep it out of your household!

COVID Vaccine Side Effect Guidance

Let's cover normal side effects and how to minimize the discomfort following a COVID-19 vaccine in our kiddos. Bonus: these tips are appropriate for all COVID vaccine recipients!

Why a Young, Healthy Ultramarathoner Gets the Flu Vaccine Every Year

Join us as Kinsa's Director of Content sits down to interview Nurse Blake about why she decides to get the flu vaccine each year!

Avoiding the Stomach Virus

If the stomach virus is circulating around your child's classroom, let's figure out how to avoid it!

Is it even worth it to get a flu vaccine this year?

(We dare say) Kinsa's staff epidemiologist just made learning why the annual flu vaccine is safe and worthwhile... fun.

Avoiding the Common Cold

Tips for avoiding the common cold when it's circulating around your child's classroom!

Avoiding Strep Throat

Tips for avoiding strep throat when it's circulating in your child's classroom!

Everything You Should Know About the Flu Vaccine

We cover some FAQs about the flu vaccine so you can make an informed decision beforehand.

COVID Prevention

COVID-19 is circulating at your child's school. Now what?! Close contact or not, vaccinated or not, let's chat about what to do and what to watch for.

COVID-19 Care Guide

Know what to do after a positive COVID test. Or maybe you haven't taken a test but you think it's COVID. Plus, how to entertain little ones during quarantine!

RSV Care Guide

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, known commonly as RSV, is a respiratory virus that typically causes cold-like symptoms. Learn how to stay comfortable at home and when to reach out for help.

Body Aches Care Guide

Find out how to soothe body aches when you're feeling under the weather.

Runny & Stuffy Nose Care Guide

Runny and stuffy noses are generally caused by a virus and need to simply run their course, but there are a few things you can do to speed up the healing process and/or find a bit of comfort.

Cough Care Guide

Coughing is important to protect our airways or to clear out gunk (or both). There are a few things you can do to speed up the healing process and/or find a bit of comfort while your body battles this virus.

How to Talk to the Vaccine-Hesitant

Kinsa's clinical & epidemiology teams address the top concerns we've heard from Covid-vaccine-hesitant friends, family & Kinsa users.

Fever Ranges by Different Methods

Did you know oral, underarm and rectal temperature readings will vary? Rectal temperatures tend to be the most accurate and best for fever readings. Be sure to note what method was used to take your temperature.

COVID-19 Vaccine 101: Your Top 4 Questions Answered

We worked with doctors and nurses to help answer popular questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Learn about the side effects, variants and different efficacy rates.

Travel with Kids: How to Stay Healthy

Traveling with kids while making sure no one falls sick can be intimidating. With proper planning, you can ensure the whole family stays healthy throughout the trip.

How to Treat Baby's First Fever

As a new parent, you might be checking your baby's temperature quite often. If your newborn spikes a fever, here are some next steps to give them the best care.

How to Take a Baby's Rectal Temperature

Pediatricians recommend taking a baby's rectal temperature for accuracy. Use this step-by-step for taking rectal temperatures with a Kinsa smart thermometer.

Hidden Germs That Are Making Your Child Sick

We know germs are everywhere. We compiled a list of the biggest germ hotspots that need closer attention. Find out which ones may be making your kids sick.

Back to School: What to Pack to Prevent Cold & Flu

With kids returning to school and in-person learning, cold and flu could increase. We created a shopping list with all the essentials to keep your kids healthy this school season.

Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen: How Do I Know What to Give My Child?

From ibuprofen to acetaminophen, over-the-counter medicines for kids can be confusing. We made a short guide to help you safely choose the right medicine for your kids.

7 Baby Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

Stock your baby's medicine cabinet to be prepared for anything when illness strikes. Make sure to include a cold medicine, fever reducer and gas relief option.

5 Reasons to Buy a Kinsa Smart Thermometer

Smart thermometers are everywhere and it's important to choose the right one for your kids. See why pediatricians and parents love using a Kinsa smart thermometer over the others.

What is Gingivostomatitis?

Gingivostomatitis can often be confused with normal teething depending on severity. Find the signs and symptoms so you can help treat Gingivostomatitis in your child.