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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...
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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