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In this entry, I would like to review the impact that severe infections from a common pneumonia bacterium can have on asthmatics and discuss some recent research on how this has changed immunization schedules for asthmatics.
This new research has changed recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency that monitors disease outbreaks and provides evidence-based recommendations on immunization (for kids and adults). Setting aside recommendations that apply to all individuals (especially infants and young children), there are often some modifying circumstances that have to do with health status that change recommendations - if a vaccine should be administered or not, whether a booster should be given, etc. Recent research on infections caused by a common respiratory bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (‘pneumococcus', in common usage) has expanded the indication for immuni...
As flu season rapidly approaches, doctors continue to urge patients to get a flu shot. The flu vaccine represents the best defense against flu syndrome. For those who require further protection against respiratory infections, particularly pneumonia, other vaccines are available. A significant percentage of people who experience severe flu syndrome endure complications of pneumonia, which can be fatal.
It’s enough to suffer from the muscle aches, fever, sore throat and headache, only then to be hit with the cough, shortness of breath and chest pain that may signal pneumonia.
Patients 19 years or older who have asthma and certain other chronic diseases are recommended to get a pneumonia vaccine. For years doctors have advised patients to get the Pneumovax every 5 years in order to maintain a good defense against pneumonia. Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommendations on how often and when to vaccinate for pneumonia, as well as what vac...
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease in which the airways become blocked or
narrowed. These effects are usually temporary, but they cause
shortness of breath, breathing trouble and other symptoms. If an
asthma attack is severe, a person may need emergency treatment to
restore normal breathing.
About 15 million Americans have asthma, including nearly five
million children under age 18. This health problem is the reason
for nearly half-a-million hospital stays each year. People with
asthma can be of any race, age or sex. Its treatment costs billions
of dollars each year.
Despite the far-reaching effects of asthma, much remains to be
learned about what causes it and how to prevent it. Although asthma
can cause severe health problems, in most cases treatment can
control it and allow a person to live a normal and active life.
What Causes Asthma Attacks?
Things in the environment trigger an asthma attack. These
triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include cold
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