Change of Advice on Pneumonia Vaccine

An influential U.S. medical advisory panel has recommended that people age 65 and older get two pneumonia vaccines — the traditional shot as well as a newer version that can offer additional protection. The panel, which provides medical advice to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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 older Pneumovax 23. The recommendations, including the time intervals …

Meningitis Outbreak From Shots For Back Pain

A popular treatment for severe back pain – steroid shots in the lower back because of ruptured disks or spinal stenosis – has been linked to a growing outbreak of a rare and deadly fungal meningitis from contaminated injections. As the number of cases and deaths continued to climb this week, lawmakers called for a Congressional inquiry into pharmacies of the kind that made the medicine and new laws to ensure tighter federal oversight of their operations, the New York …