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 Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — The older vaccine for whooping cough that was phased out in the late 1990s is more effective than the current version of the vaccine, a new study contends. Teenagers who received four shots with the older vaccine — called whole-cell vaccine — before they were 2 years [...]
FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) — A vaccine that could help fight heroin addiction shows promise in early tests in rats, researchers report. The vaccine targets heroin and its psychoactive breakdown products in the bloodstream, preventing them from reaching the brain, explained the scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. “Heroin-addicted rats deprived of [...]
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) — A specialized kind of immune cell that patrols the skin of people infected with the herpes virus appears to prevent the outbreak of painful sores, a new study suggests. Researchers think the cells may be key to developing a potential vaccine against genital herpes, which afflicts more [...]
MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) — Yearly flu vaccinations are safe for children with inflammatory bowel disease, but too few of these youngsters get a flu shot because their parents worry about possible side effects, researchers report. Not only does vaccination help protect against the flu, it may even reduce inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms, according [...]
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) — Preteen girls may get the same immune response against human papillomavirus (HPV) with two doses of vaccine as young women get with the full three-shot series, a new study suggests. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer, the second biggest cancer killer in women [...]