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, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, health officials reported Thursday. That’s a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said [...]
TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A doctor’s recommendation and a patient’s race may play a big role in whether or not people get an annual flu shot, new research reveals. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit surveyed about 475 patients and found that 90 percent of them followed through on a doctor’s advice [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a sign that the measles outbreak that began at two Disneyland theme parks in California last December may be easing, California health officials reported Monday no new cases since their last update on Friday. The total number of measles cases in California now stands at [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of people infected with measles has increased slightly to 154 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. health officials reported Monday. Last week, the number of cases was 141, officials said. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in southern California [...]
MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A centralized statewide reminder system for immunizations may be a more reliable way to increase overall vaccination rates than reminders from the doctor’s office, new research suggests. Efforts to get primary care physicians to reach out to parents with timely reminders about childhood vaccinations haven’t worked very well, the [...]