Vaccines protect against serious and potentially fatal infections. There are currently 12 vaccines recommended for children between birth and 18 years of age. However, vaccines aren’t just for children. There are a wide variety of vaccines that can help you stay healthy in your 20s, 30, 40s, and beyond. Vaccines can help your immune system to stay primed to fight off germs as you age, and can even prevent some types of cancer.
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health officials would like every American aged 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine, and on Thursday they produced statistics they think should convince everyone to get vaccinated. “In the 2012-2013 flu season, vaccinations prevented at least 6.6 million cases of flu-associated illness. They [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) — A vaccine that protects children against four strains of flu may be more effective than the usual three-strain vaccine, a new study suggests. The four-strain (or so-called “quadrivalent”) vaccine is available as a nasal spray or an injection for the first time this flu season. The [...]
TUESDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) — Americans with health insurance are more likely than uninsured people to use preventive services such as flu shots and health screenings, according to a new study. They are no more likely, however, to take health risks such as smoking. The findings challenge the common concern that expanding health care coverage [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) — Few people realize how effective the vaccines against HPV (human papillomavirus) are for preventing cervical cancer, and even fewer talk about the vaccine with their doctors, according to a survey of more than 1,400 people. “From previous research, we know people are generally aware of the vaccine,” [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) — Although measles has been virtually eliminated in the United States, outbreaks still occur here. And they’re usually triggered by people infected abroad, in countries where widespread vaccination doesn’t exist, federal health officials said Thursday. And while it’s been 50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine, [...]