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.
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, a new report shows. “The exposures in this report were not prolonged and occurred in a domestic rather than [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Ebola’s entrance into the United States — along with Angelina Jolie’s chickenpox and the National Hockey League’s mumps outbreak — have highlighted cracks in the nation’s public health defense against infectious disease, according to a new health policy report released Thursday. Half of U.S. states are [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza [...]
THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A high-dose influenza vaccine is better than the standard vaccine for frail seniors under care in nursing homes, a new study suggests. Researchers report that the high-dose shot produces a stronger immune response in this elderly population, a potential sign it will keep more cases of flu at bay. “For [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film. Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a dozen players and two referees. These are considered kids’ diseases. Most adults have vivid, fretful [...]