Each year in January, the CDC publishes an adult immunization schedule, updating information relating to the vaccines that are relevant to the adult population in the United States. That’s right — vaccines are not just for kids!
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has provided us an opportunity to do a better job in providing protection from invasive pneumococcal disease for our immunocompromised adult patients. It long has been recommended that such patients receive the 23-serotype pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s recent vote in favor of hepatitis B vaccination for all patients with diabetes aged younger than 60 years is a giant step forward for millions of Americans.
Saturday, Nov. 12 is the Third Annual World Pneumonia Day. Again this year I urge you to consider the enormous impact of pneumonia on children across the world and to take a few minutes out of your day to help.
I had the pleasure of hosting NFIDs’ Influenza/Pneumococcal news conference this year. Every year, NFID brings together leaders from public health and the private sector to help prepare the nation for the upcoming flu season. As usual, I was impressed by the commitment of so many of our medical and public health colleagues. Here are some highlights:
I’ve long been a strong supporter of vaccinations in pharmacies, the workplace, senior centers and any other reasonable place that makes it easier for adults to follow the US immunization schedule.
As I was writing my last blog about the ongoing pertussis outbreak in California, I couldnt help wondering why the Hispanic community is being so hard hit there. The peak incidence is 547/100,000 among Hispanic infants younger than 6 months; nine of the 10 infants who died from pertussis in California last year were Hispanic; and 80% of hospitalized infants were Hispanic.
Oh, for the good old days! I’m not thinking about the 1950s and greasers or the 1960s and bell bottom pants. I’m thinking about the 1980s — and no, it’s not the fashion that I’m nostalgic for. I’m thinking about a time when it looked like pertussis was headed for the history books. But, by 2004 we saw a huge peak in the US pertussis incidence, and that peak apparently was a warning of dire events to come.
Jeffrey I. Cohen, MD, chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, tells about his fathers bout with shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. For months after the rash resolved, his father was in excruciating, nearly constant pain, unable to sleep and so depressed, he later admitted, that he considered suicide. He saw several physicians, but nothing they prescribed helped. Unable to deal with the pain and continue the active life he had been leading before shingles struck, he retired from a job he loved and never worked again.
What disease do people fear most? It’s no contest: Cancer.