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 Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some parents’ long-simmering concerns over the safety of childhood vaccines received unexpected — and, in some quarters, unwelcome — notice during the second Republican presidential candidates’ debate. While the link between vaccines and autism has long been discredited, an exchange toward the debate’s end addressed a [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu vaccine should be a better match than last year’s for circulating flu strains, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that in most years, the vaccine is 50 to 60 [...]
MONDAY, Sept. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Catching the flu early in pregnancy doubles the risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect, which is why getting a flu shot is so important for women who are expecting, the March of Dimes warns. But despite the protection offered by flu vaccination, only half of [...]
THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Getting a flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you — it may also help older folks in your community avoid the miserable illness, new research says. Higher flu vaccination rates for young and middle-aged adults seem to lower the risk of flu among older people. That’s important because seniors have [...]
MONDAY, Sept. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — All eligible children and health care workers should get flu shots, according to new policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). “Parents must consider flu vaccine an essential vaccine for their children,” Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, an AAP spokeswoman, said in a news release from the pediatric [...]