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Annual vaccinations for influenza virus are recommended for many groups of people. I strongly suggest that all people over the age of 65, people who have any chronic condition that would make an illness such as influenza more dangerous, those who are essential to the operation of their business, and all health care professionals be vaccinated. If you have a chronic lung, kidney, blood, immunity or cardiac condition, the misery of the flu will be worse than if you are healthy. For anyone that has actually had influenza, the idea of having it again is not pleasant. Influenza is not the same as a cold. Each year, many thousands of people die of influenza. Unfortunately, we don't yet have a vaccination for the common cold, or the 24 or 48-hour gastrointestinal virus, but they are not often seen as causes of death. A pneumonia vaccination fortunately is needed less often than an influenza vaccination. The shot lasts from 8 to 12 years in most cases. If you are over age 6...
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...
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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