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Have you seen the commercials for flu shots offered at your local grocery store? Or have you seen the signs outside the large chain pharmacies advertising that flu shots are available already?
Some businesses are offering clever incentives for getting vaccinated this year. There is one grocery chain which is offering 10 percent off your grocery bill if you get your flu shot while shopping. It’s an interesting way to motivate people to get themselves vaccinated. Quite a move to influence public health.
I remember the first year that I got my own influenza vaccine at a local grocery store. Shots were only offered during narrow hours and locations were running out of vaccines quickly. I stood in a line which spanned from the pharmacy area, past the meat area, and into the bakery area. That was the year I decided while standing in line to get the pneumonia shot in addition to the flu shot.
At that time, I had been rather motivated to get th...
For months the question has been whether we could gear up production of vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus -- formerly swine flu -- fast enough. Now that the first doses have reached some distribution centers this week, we have the answer to that question. This answer leads to the next question that we all have to face. Should we get the vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, says that people "at increased risk of severe illness" most need the H1N1 vaccine. One of these groups includes people with diabetes. This makes sense. Those of us who have diabetes can get very sick and may even have to go to a hospital. Our impaired immune system makes us more vulnerable to getting a bad case of the flu. Just getting sick can raise our blood glucose level. Then, it can stop us from eating right, and that further affects our blood glucose. In addition, most people who have diabetes are overweight. And weight itself can be part of the problem. People who have a body ma...
Definition The HiB vaccine (immunization) prevents childhood Haemophilus influenzae B infections, which can cause severe and potentially deady illnesses that affect the brain, lungs, and bones or joints. Alternative Names Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine; Vaccine - Hib; Haemophilus influenzae B conjugate vaccine Information WHO SHOULD GET THIS VACCINE The Hib vaccine is one of the recommended childhood immunizations. Generally, states require proof that a child has received the vaccine prior to entry into daycare or preschool. The Hib vaccine should not be given to children younger than 6 weeks of age. Infants and toddlers should receive four total doses of the HiB vaccine. One dose should be given at each of the following ages: 2 months 4 months 6 months 12-15 months Children over 5 years of age and adults do not need to receive immunization for Haemophilus influenzae type b unless they have certain medical conditions, including HIV, sickle cell disease, and some others. Ask your docto...
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