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Flu Shots: Racial Disparities in Teens Who Get Them

African-American teens get flu vaccines at lower rates than white or Hispanic adolescents and teens have lower flu shot rates than other age groups overall.

By Diane Domina

What You Need to Know Before Getting Vaccinated

When you have RA, you have approximately double the risk of infection compared to the general population because of your suppressed immune system. But before you get vaccinated to protect yourself, this is what you need to know.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Newer Shingles Vaccine Is More Effective Than the Old One

Shingrix, a shingles vaccine approved by the FDA in 2017, is significantly more effective but carries a higher risk of side effects than Zostavax.

By Diane Domina

More Teens Are Up-to-Date on HPV Vaccines

The number of adolescents who completed the HPV vaccine series increased five percentage points from 2016 to 2017, according to a CDC report.

By Diane Domina

‘Catch-Up’ HPV Vaccine Effective Up to Age 20

The HPV vaccine is effective in women up to age 20 who didn't receive it at 11 or 12, but it’s unclear whether this is true for older women.

By Diane Domina

Avoid Infection While Taking Biologics for RA

Immunosuppressive medications help control rheumatoid arthritis, but they put you at risk of infection. Learn how to boost your immune system while treating RA.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

10 Tips for Traveling with RA Medication

It can be a challenge to travel with rheumatoid arthritis medications. Follow these tips for packing and prepping your RA medications on your next trip.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

What You Must Know About Shingles

We’re answering all of your pressing questions about shingles, like if it’s contagious, how to prevent it, and if you can get it twice (or more).

By Stephanie Stephens

Can the Flu Trigger Type 1 Diabetes in Children?

Flu season may come and go for some, but it can be life-changing if it triggers type 1 diabetes. Here’s how to protect your child.

By Ginger Vieira

What Does a Cure for MS Look Like?

Seventeen years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Trevis Gleason wonders about the concept of a cure for the disease.

By Trevis Gleason