Category Archives: Vaccines

This is Nevada Influenza Vaccination Week!

Why should you get the flu vaccine?  There are scores of people yearly who are ill due to the flu AND there are thousands (or sometimes TENS of thousands) of people who die each year from influenza. Do I get … Continue reading

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Vaccine law in California…

My new medical home is about 15 miles from California and their laws affect my practice.  I am acquainting myself with the new California law regarding requirements of school vaccines. California Governor Jerry Brown signed off on one of the … Continue reading

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Do YOU (and your kids) really need the flu vaccine?

The low-down on this is that influenza often kills those who are otherwise well. Also, the flu can be fatal to children. The CDC found that 830 kids died from flu-related complications between 2004 and 2012 and most of those … Continue reading

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In what AGE patient is the shingles vaccine the most cost effective?

Because the effectiveness of the shingles vaccine appears to decrease over time it is suggested that the vaccine be given once… after age 60. This is based on the Long-term Persistence Study done by the pharmaceutical company Merck.  The study … Continue reading

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Want to prevent shingles?

What is shingles?  It is reactivation of latent herpes zoster virus–meaning you’ve had chicken pox in the past and your body holds onto the virus to then let it reactivate.  As we age or as our immune systems becomes weaker, … Continue reading

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Flu vaccine decreases heart attacks!

JAMA recently combined the results of many studies which in over 6000 patients it was shown that  receiving influenza vaccination lowers the risk of cardiovascular events ( like heart attacks or strokes).  The benefit was even more pronounced in patients … Continue reading

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The race is on!

It’s off with a start!  Quickest start in 10 years!… I wish I were talking about the Kentucky Derby, but I am talking about the flu.  There is still time to get vaccinated. Who should be vaccinated?  Anyone older than … Continue reading

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Shingles vaccine rebate!

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, can have a pricey out-of-pocket co-pay.  The vaccine maker is offering up to $140 to reimburse the patient for that out-of-pocket payment. If you are older than 60, have had chicken pox, and have NOT been … Continue reading

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Vaccine suggested earlier. Hmmm. . . another shot?

An FDA advisory panel is supporting an earlier administration of the pneumonia vaccine. Prevnar 13 is to prevent pneumococcal disease–which is a bacteria causing pneumonia and other invasive disease. The advisory panel is poised to suggest the Prevnar 13 be … Continue reading

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Do YOU need hepatitis B vaccine?

New indication for an old vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory committee on Immunization Practices (the organization that tells us doctors when, why, and which vaccines) is now recommending hepatitis B vaccine series to unvaccinated adults less than 60 … Continue reading

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