Thursday November 2, 2017
Far too few older adults have been vaccinated against shingles. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, by 2014, less than 28% of people 60 and older had received a shot against this painful and sometimes debilitating disease.
Thursday October 26, 2017
Every year is the right year for getting a flu shot, but this fall, there are a couple of extra reasons to place the annual vaccination high on your list of to-dos.
Thursday October 19, 2017
The lesser-known benefit of vaccines: For many of them, even if the vaccinated person gets the disease, it’s a much milder case. When it comes to potentially debilitating diseases like shingles, that can mean a lot.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists several studies that found the flu vaccine was safe for pregnant women and their babies. Among those is a 2013 study showing no increased risk of miscarriage for pregnant women who got the flu shot. Yet neither that study nor the others made any big headlines.
Thursday October 5, 2017
The news is unsurprising, but nonetheless disturbing: Research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicates that the increase in measles cases in the United States, and outbreaks in recent years, are mostly caused by declining rates of vaccination.