Adult Vaccinations CDC Recommendations 2016-2017

Most of us who are 50 and older have seen the benefit of vaccinations throughout our lifetimes.  However today there appears to be a lot of controversy with respect to immunizations especially with younger generations.  I guess the decision is up to you and your health care provider.  Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Flu Vaccine

These are the current CDC (Center for Disease) recommendations. Immunizations, adults 50 and older should consider:

Get a flu shot every year. Over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. More Information.

Get a shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough. Get a tetanus booster if it has been more than 10 years since your last shot. More Information.

If you are 60 or older, get a shot to prevent shingles. Even if you have had shingles, you can still get the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.  This vaccine may be given to those in their 50s. Enquire with your healthcare provider. More Information.

People 65 years or older need a series of two different vaccines for pneumococcal disease. Talk with your health care provider about how to schedule them. If you have previously been immunized for pneumonia notify your provider.  More Information.

You may learn about other vaccinations at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The decision to receive a vaccination is very personal.  Some individuals choose not to be vaccinated.  It is best to discuss this matter with your health care provider.

 

Prescription Drug Safety – It’s Not what Consumers think it is.

Prescription DrugsThis morning a published article from “Drug Discovery & Development” shared troubling and interesting statistics regarding prescription medication toxicity.  A unique sensitive toxicity test was developed at the University of Utah that makes it possible to uncover more of these dangerous side effects early in pharmaceutical prescription development.  This could help to reduce the risk of consumers being exposed to unsafe prescriptions.  Shocking is the fact that about one third of all prescription drugs approved by the FDA in the United States are withdrawn from the market or require added warning labels limiting their use.  That new drug that is being pushed has almost a 33 percent chance of exposing you the consumer to a dangerous side effect.  These numbers are not comforting by any means.  Consumers are better off with medications that have been on the market for awhile or better yet no prescription at all if possible.  The fewer prescription medications that you have to take the better off you will be.  Scary is the fact that it is admitted that often the harmful effects of prescriptions are not discovered until 10 to 20 years after the public has been used a guinea pigs.  This is a very disturbing admission.  It is important to consider all risks associated with beginning any treatment regimen. A simple internet search using “prescription name” and the word “lawsuit” or “complaints” can be very revealing.