Change of Advice on Pneumonia Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that people age 65 and older get two pneumonia vaccines — the traditional shot as well as a newer version that can offer additional protection. An immunization advisory panel to the CDC voted 13-2 in August to recommend that those 65-plus get the newer vaccine, called Prevnar 13, even if they already have had the current version, Pneumovax 23. Those who have not gotten a pneumonia vaccine yet should …

Immunizations: A Family Affair

A visit to the emergency room with my Mom yesterday reminded me that flu season is paying an early, and unwelcome, visit this year. Our hospital, along with so many across the nation, was crowded with those suffering from the flu. We wore masks, offered as we registered in the ER, the entire time we were there … just in case. Last year saw fewer cases of influenza reported than ever before recorded – primarily due to a higher number …

Whooping Cough Returns: Do You Need A Booster Shot?

Whooping cough, that childhood scourge that seemed to be wiped out when vaccines were introduced in the 1940s, has made a surprising return, and a federal panel wants all adults, including those over 65, to get booster shots. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year nine out of every 100,000 Americans get whooping cough — also known as pertussis — and while that is significantly smaller than before the vaccine was introduced, the number has been …

The Takeaway: E. coli; Vaccines; Heat Wave; Poorer Than Our Parents?

Germany expecting more E.coli deaths: The E. coli outbreak that has killed 24 people continues to mystify health experts – and the source has yet to be pinned down.