Who we are
The Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children's Hospital cares for children and adolescents with a variety of infections.
In addition to treating children, we also are dedicated to researching better ways to diagnosis, treat and prevent infectious diseases. Researchers at Children’s:
- believe they've found a way to boost immunity in infants, possibly making infections pneumococcus, pertussis, HIV and rotavirus much less of a threat. The ability to immunize babies at birth would also provide global health benefits, since birth may be a child's only contact with a health care system in developing countries.
- recently discovered a new, previously unknown immunity tool that may aid the development of a cheaper, more effective pneumococcal vaccine.
- have discovered a safer way to treat "boy in a bubble syndrome"
- are looking for was to prevent mother-to-child transmission of viruses, specifically those transmitted via breastfeeding.
Download our fact sheet for key highlights.
Did you know?
A new way to treat sepsis
Researchers have come up with a first line of defense against sepsis —using magnetism to quickly pull infected agents out of the blood.
Did you know?
New program lets your track disease outbreaks
The Children's Hospital Informatics Program created HealthMap, an online resource and smart phone app that helps track the spread of contagious diseases in real time, including chickenpox.
It's a disease-mining system that uses the Internet to look for outbreaks going on around the world, bringing all this information together in one view. We hope individuals will find the new app to be a useful source of outbreak information - locally, nationally, and globally.
John Brownstein, PhD, co-founder of HealthMap and an assistant professor at the Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children's Hospital.
Discover: Infectious Diseases
An online project called HealthMap (www.healthmap.org) makes infectious disease outbreak information available to all. HealthMap extracts, categorizes, filters and integrates a variety of Web-based data sources, even penetrating blogs, listservs, chatrooms, and online news reports--not your usual sources for monitoring global health.
Conditions & Treatments
- At-risk youth
- Children's Hospital AIDS Program
- Flu (Influenza) and H1N1
- Herpes simplex virus and cold sores
- In Utero TORCH infections
- Lyme disease
- Measles (rubeola)
- Pharyngitis and tonsillitis
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
- Thrush, Candidiasis and Yeast Infections
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis)