Nine important updates on shingles (herpes zoster) vaccination…
In the US, an estimated 850,000-2.2 million individuals are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus and each year, approximately 30,000-50,000 cases of hepatitis A occur. New cases of hepatitis B infection in the US had been decreasing until recently; however, in recent years, acute cases of hepatitis B have increased and there have been several outbreaks of hepatitis A.
View highlights of the 2017 #FightFluChat on Twitter that included a discussion of the impact of influenza (flu), prevention strategies including the importance of annual vaccination, as well as flu vaccines specifically designed to increase immunity in older adults age 65 years and older. Messaging reinforced the CDC recommendation for everyone age six months and older to get vaccinated annually.
Creating transformational influenza vaccines that would eliminate seasonal influenza outbreaks, and decrease the threat of pandemic influenza is hard work. While we have made progress, there is much more to be done. Continued funding for influenza research is critical for protecting the health of the US population.
Thanksgiving is typically a time to sit back, relax, enjoy the fall weather, and spend time with family. It is also a good time to think about what makes you most thankful. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my health and am reminded of the importance of staying healthy as a parent of teenage twin daughters. One of the easiest steps I can take to ensure that I stay healthy for my children is to stay current on all recommended vaccines.
CDC recommends that all individuals 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick, prevent you from missing work and school due to flu, prevent flu-related hospitalizations, and can also protect those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
Flu prevention is one of the most important things you can do to help maintain your health and avoid spreading this life-threatening illness to friends and loved ones, and there are flu vaccines specifically designed for older adults. If you are age 65 years or older, I strongly encourage you to talk to a healthcare professional about the right flu vaccine for you.