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If you’re over 50 please pay attention!

We have a new shingles vaccine, and health and federal officials are recommending it over the older vaccine. Not only is it much more effective, you can also get it at a younger age (50+ years) than the older vaccine–Zostavax (60+ years).

Our new vaccine, Shingrix, is 96.6% effective in adults 50-59 years, while our older vaccine, Zostavax, is only 70% effective in adults 60-69 years.

And WOW… the effectiveness of Shingrix at age 70+ is 91.3% vs 38% for Zostavax (which is given at an older age, also). This research shows that Shingrix offers much longer lasting protection than Zoatavax, whose protection is shown to wane after the first year.

If given the choice choose Shingrix.

And if you’ve already had the Zostavax vaccine the CDC recommends you go get the Shingrix vaccine to make sure you are as fully covered as can be.

Protect yourself from shingles!

 

You can find all this and more here:

Dooling KL, Guo A, Patel M, et al. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:103–108. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6703a5



Nightmare Bacteria

methicillin-resistant mrsa staph bacteria

MRSA

Many disease-causing bacteria are now resistant to antibiotics that once aided in removing them from our bodies, meaning they are learning to defend themselves against these drugs. Once they have learned how to do so, they are able to survive and take over, then pass that information on to other germs. We have been calling these germs antibiotic-resistant (AR) bacteria or superbugs.

You may have heard of MRSA, or Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus, an AR that attacks the skin and soft tissue. This nasty germ has become so hard to treat due to the fact that we are no longer able to use certain types of antibiotics to treat it.

MRSA is just one of many superbugs. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill more than 23,000 Americans each year.

But what if the bacteria become resistant to ALL or nearly all of the antibiotics known to treat it?

That would be a nightmare. Continue reading

New study finds low vaccine rates in children with autism

In a new study that can be found in JAMA Pediatrics, they’ve found that children with autism spectrum disorder are statistically less likely to be fully vaccinated than children not on the spectrum.

They’ve found that 80% of children with autism are fully vaccinated with the recommended vaccines for children 4-6 years old (which includes the MMR vaccine), compared to 94% of children without autism.

This most likely comes from parents’ fears of the association of autism and vaccines.

However, there are decade long studies that show there is no connection between autism and vaccines.

The research claiming the link between the two can not be reproduced. It has since been thrown out by the scientific community due to fabrication by the researchers involved.

Vaccinating your child will not cause your child to develop autism, but will instead leave him or her vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases.

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