Pediatric infectious diseases

Most infectious diseases are nothing more than nuisances, posing very little risk to children. Some complex infections are concerning, though, especially when the cause is unknown or the child continues to struggle. Whether caring for minor illness or challenging infections, we offer expert personalized care.

Each day, children are exposed to a large number of germs. Because their immune systems are still developing, they are more vulnerable to disease and infection. Many of these conditions are highly contagious and can spread quickly. We can help control them.

Why choose Geisinger for infectious disease care?

  • Pediatric infection specialists: Our specialists have extensive training in treating children with difficult infections. We have experience treating all types of infections involving all organ systems — bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. We also have an in-depth understanding of the effectiveness of antibiotics. Find an infectious disease provider.
  • Travel medicine: If you’re planning a trip abroad, keep your children healthy. We provide vaccines and medications tailored to various destinations. Consult with a pediatric infectious disease specialist prior to and after travel to prevent and manage illness.
  • Innovative treatments: Diagnostic tools such as CT scans and bronchoscopy are used to look at airways. We evaluate the type and severity of infection to determine which
    course of treatment is most effective. Our emphasis on research helps us to identify new medications and improve existing treatments.
  • Access to specialists close to home: Many of our pediatric infectious disease specialists offer appointments at clinics in outlying areas, making it easier and more convenient for you to receive care.

Infectious disease conditions and treatments 

Our specialists understand the complicated nature of contagious disease in children and provide effective care.

  • Bone and joint infectious
  • Cellulitis
  • Complicated pneumonia
  • Encephalitis
  • Fevers of unknown origin
  • Fungal infections
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Lyme disease
  • Meningitis
  • Mononucleosis
  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and other staphyloccus infections
  • RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)
  • Sepsis
  • Tuberculosis (and other mycobacterial infections)
  • Recurrent fevers
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral medications
  • Antifungal medications
  • Anti-parasitic medications

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