Know Your Vaccinations

31 Oct

Influenza–Quadrivalent vaccination provides protection against four strains of the flu. Patients 65 and older should ask about specific vaccines for their age group.

Shingles–This vaccine greatly reduces the pain associated with the disease.

Pneumonia–Pneumococcal vaccines may help protect against more than 90 types of bacteria that contribute to pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and sinusitis,. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a two-dose series for the best protection.

TDAP–Tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough), are the diseases covered by the TDAP vaccine. This vaccination is important for families with infants, Grandparents, child care workers and other family members in close contact with infants are encouraged to receive this vaccine as they are the people that generally transmit whooping cough to a newborn.

HPV–The CDC recommends children between the ages of 11 and 12 years old get this two-shot vaccine to help protect against certain cancers caused by the human papillomavirus.

Hepatitis A and B–The combined hepatitis A and B vaccination can be given to persons 18 years or older, often in the form of three shots over a period of six months. Hepatitis A and B are serious liver infections.

Source:  Healthy Living September/October 2017

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