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Adults Need More Vaccinations, CDC Report Says

01/30/13

  05:40:46 pm, by MedBen5   , 249 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Adults Need More Vaccinations, CDC Report Says

Immunizations in the news, courtesy of Reuters Health:

  • A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concludes that adult vaccinations should not be limited to the flu – immunizations to prevent prevent diseases including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough are also critical.

    In 2011, most of the 4,000 Americans who died from invasive pneumonia were over the age of 60, noted Dr. Howard Koh, an assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Far too few adults are getting vaccinated against these important diseases, and we need to do more,” he said.

    Koh added that adults who don’t get vaccinated can also put others at risk. “We are encouraging all adults to talk with their health care providers about which vaccines are appropriate for them.”

  • The CDC also released a new vaccine schedule which encouraged expectant mothers to get immunized against whooping cough during each pregnancy. Doing so safeguards against the mother contracting the disease and passing it on to their infants, as well as helping the baby to build some immunity.

    “Without boosting with each pregnancy, a mother’s immunity will wane and she will have much less immunity to pass on to the baby,” said Dr. H. Cody Meissner, a pediatrician from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston who is on the CDC’s immunization committee.

    Experts also recommend the people who are in close contact with the infant, including its father, sibling and other caregivers, also get immunized.

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