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  1. Vaccines as Part of Preventative Health

    The free gift that the San Francisco Giants offered to fans who showed up for a game with the Cincinnati Reds last August probably didn’t attract a big crowd, since it involved a procedure that most people shun whenever possible: It was a booster shot. Throughout the game, California Department of P

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  2. Checklist: Vaccines for Adults

    Keeping up-to-date with your immunizations can be difficult. From when you had your last tetanus booster to whether you should get the flu vaccine, it's easy to lose track of which vaccinations you've had and which you need. But you should keep tabs on your immunization history. Better to do it now

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  3. Whooping Cough Vaccine for Adults

    "We all thought it was a disease of yesteryear." Like many people, that is what William Schaffner, MD, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, says he once believed about whooping cough. That perception changed dramatically in 2010, when 10 infants in California died during an

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  4. HPV Vaccines and Adults: Expert Q&A

    It’s never easy to talk to your doctor about sexually transmitted diseases. But doctors say females as young as 9 and as old as 26 should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). The goal is to get protected against HPV, which usually spreads through sexual contact and can cause certain typ

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  5. Meningitis Vaccine and Adults: Expert Q&A

    Meningitis is usually caused by an infection that attacks the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The most serious types of meningitis can result in brain damage or even death. Most parents know children should be vaccinated against meningitis before they go to college, where the crowded,

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  6. Vaccines for College Students: Expert Q&A

    College presents a new world of opportunity, and a new world of risks. Communal living spaces, less-than-sanitary conditions, and irregular sleeping habits all can leave students vulnerable to disease. This means prevention is key, says William Schaffner, MD, president of the National Foundation for

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  7. Shingles Vaccine: Expert Q&A

    Shingles can make everyday tasks -- from getting dressed to getting into bed -- a painful proposition. The culprit behind this agonizing rash, which is especially common in older people, is the same virus responsible for another common but debilitating condition: chicken pox. "Most of us never get r

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  8. Adults Fall Short on Vaccinations

    Nov. 17, 2010 -- Vaccinations aren't just for kids. Adults need them, too, and while vaccination rates are increasing, there's definitely room for improvement, according to public health experts. At a news conference today hosted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), experts rel

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  9. Adult Vaccines Not Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Nov. 8, 2010 (Atlanta) -- Despite fears to the contrary, common adult vaccinations are not associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a large study suggests. Swedish researchers studied 1,998 people with RA and 2,252 people who did not have the disorder. A total of 31% of

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  10. Flu Shots OK for People With Egg Allergy

    Oct 14, 2010 -- For years, people with egg allergy were told to avoid the flu vaccine because it contains egg protein and could trigger a reaction, but this advice no longer stands. People with egg allergies can -- and should -- get the flu shot this year, according to a new report by the American A

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