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, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A Connecticut law requiring flu shots for children entering preschool or daycare has reduced flu-related hospitalizations of young children by 12 percent, according to a new study. In the United States, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York City are the three places that require a yearly [...]
THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New mothers are much more likely to get a whooping cough shot if hospitals make it a standing order, a new study finds. Vaccinating new mothers against whooping cough (pertussis) protects both them and their babies against the disease, the study authors say. Researchers looked at whooping cough vaccination rates [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People older than 50 can reduce their risk for developing shingles by being vaccinated against the varicella-zoster virus that causes the painful condition, an expert says. “People who have had shingles previously can still receive the vaccine. If you are above the age of 50 years old, you should [...]
By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study offers more evidence that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a powerful weapon in the fight against cervical cancer. In a study that examined the vaccine’s effectiveness in a large population of Australian women, the University of Queensland researchers claim their finding [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Childhood vaccines have the potential to prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease among Americans born in a given year, according to a new analysis. The investigation of children born in 2009 found that vaccinations save billions of dollars in both direct [...]