By Y. Smitty
The cooler months are just around the corner and with the weather changing viruses, colds and the flu virus is lurking around. You might want to consider which immunization you should get if any at all. Below are some common immunizations and some information you may or may not know.
The cooler months are just around the corner and with the weather changing viruses, colds and the flu are lurking around. You might want to consider which immunizations you should get if any at all. Below are some common immunizations and some information you may or may not know.
Flu - It is recommended everybody over the age of 6 months olds get a flu vaccine every year. The flu shot is available as a shot or nasal spray and usually are available as early as September. Each year the shot is designed to protect against the types of viruses expected to be the most prevalent in the coming year.
Pneumonia - Individuals over the age of 65 are encouraged to get the pneumonia vaccine as well as some younger people. It’s recommended especially if they are at greater risk for pneumonia such as patients with underlying heart or lung disease, diabetes or asthma or immunocompromised. Unlike the flu shot the pneumonia shot is usually a one-time deal rather than an annual requirement.
Hepatitis B - The recommendation for Hepatitis B vaccination has changed in the last two years. This vaccine is given universally to children, adolescents an, intravenous drug users and people who are sexually active but not in a monogamous relationship. It is now recommended that people with diabetes under the age of 60 should be vaccinated against hepatitis B. This is because of the increased risk that goes along with handling blood products, sharing blood glucose meters, finger stick devices and insulin pens can spread the virus.
Shingles - Shingles is the resurgence of the chicken pox virus that creates a red rash with little blisters than can be painful. If you have ever had chicken pox it is recommended that you get the vaccination unless you are immunocompromised.
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