There is a lot of buzz every year about "The Flu Shot." The debate rages every fall, "should I or should I not get the vaccine?" There are more opinions than you could shake a stick at, but I would like to focus on just a couple of the ones I hear all the time, and talk about the risks and benefits of the vaccines to those of us with RA, or if you are caretaker of someone with RA.
Fist lets look at some seldom heard facts about influenza, or The FLU.
The 1918 flu pandemic killed between 50-100 MILLION people worldwide. It is now considered the greatest medical holocaust in history, killing more people than the black plague did.
The reason for the 1918 and every pandemic flu event since is simple. Humans travel worldwide every day, flying country to country and mingling with others. It is estimated a virus could circle the globe causing infection worldwide within 72 hours.
There have been five pandemic episodes of flu in the last century 1918, 1957, 1968, 1977...
<p><strong>What Is Pneumonia?</strong></p>
<p>Pneumonia is a type of pneumonitis—an inflammation of the lungs that may be caused by the inhalation of irritating gases or particles or by an infection. When the inflammation is caused by an infectious microorganism, the term pneumonia is used.</p>
<p>The lungs have a complex system of defense: frequent branching and narrowing of the bronchial passages make it difficult for invaders to penetrate the lungs deeply; millions of tiny hairs, or cilia, in the bronchial lining constantly sweep particles out of the airways; the cough reflex forces irritating substances out of the lungs at high speed; and white blood cells, known as macrophages or scavenger cells, engulf and destroy many infectious agents.</p>
<p>Pneumonia is common, and can be a complication from a lingering cold or bout with influenza or bronchitis. Nearly half of community-acquired pneumonia cases are believed t...
Definition The MMR vaccine is a "3-in-1" vaccine that protects against measles , mumps , and rubella -- all of which are potentially serious diseases of childhood. Alternative Names Vaccine - MMR; Rubella vaccination; Mumps vaccination; Measles - mumps - rubella (MMR) vaccine Information WHO SHOULD GET THIS VACCINE The MMR is one of the recommended childhood immunizations. Usually, proof of MMR vaccination is needed to go to school. The first shot is given when the child is 12 to 15 months old. To make sure the child is properly protected, the vaccine must not be given too early. A second MMR shot is given before a child enters school at 4 - 6 years, but may be given at any time after that. Some states require a second MMR before a child starts kindergarten. Adults 18 years or older who were born after 1956 should also receive the MMR vaccine if: They are not sure whether or when they received an MMR They had only had one MMR vaccine before starting school Adults born during or before 1956 are beli...
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