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Adults not up to date on vaccines

Posted by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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More adults need vaccines, and not just for flu: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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ATLANTA | Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:22pm EST

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The flu isn't the only illness adults should be immunized against, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday, as a new study found current adult vaccination rates in the country "unacceptably low."

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that a "substantial increase" in adult vaccinations is needed to prevent diseases including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough.

"Far too few adults are getting vaccinated against these important diseases, and we need to do more," said Dr. Howard Koh, an assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2011, there were 37,000 cases of invasive pneumonia in the United States, and most of the 4,000 people who died from the illness were over the age of 50, Koh said.

The CDC, a federal agency, recommends that older patients at risk for pneumonia receive vaccinations for the disease, he said.

Adults who don't get vaccinated can put others, including children, at risk, Koh said. In 2012, 9,300 adults were diagnosed with whooping cough out of a total of 42,000 cases.

"When the source is identified, four out of five babies who got whooping cough caught it from someone in the home, a parent, sister, brother, grandparent or babysitter," he said. "These are just examples of why adult vaccines are critical to the public health of our country."

Some vaccines, such as flu shots, are recommended for all adults, the CDC said. Others are suggested based on a patient's age and overall health.

"We are encouraging all adults to talk with their health care providers about which vaccines are appropriate for them," Koh said.

(Reporting by David Beasley; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Cynthia Johnston and Andrew Hay)

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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kitty8199
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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But wait, what about herd immunity? I mean that's what all the vaccinated kids are doing right? Smh

People don't realize 90% of the herd isn't vaccinated. Kinda throws the argument out the window
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Ichthus
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Ooh, you better be careful about that tetanus, diptheria, and hepatitis. It MIGHT be very deadly IF you catch it!

rachelrothchild
by Bronze Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Yay :/

emmy526
by New Owner on Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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i'd like to know when the last case of diptheria in the US was....

this is what i found:  a case from 30 yrs ago 

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001176.htm

mmtosam06
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM
Oh good grief the person needs to pull their head out of their butt.
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snowangel1979
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM
Even my DH has caught onto the "when the source was identified" line with whopping cough ads.

Of course if you know where the baby got it from It's most likely to be family, what about when the source isn't identified.

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kitty8199
by Silver Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I read somewhere they have had 50 cases since 1980. Don't remember where

Quoting emmy526:

i'd like to know when the last case of diptheria in the US was....

this is what i found:  a case from 30 yrs ago 

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001176.htm

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mjrex87
by Member on Jan. 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

"Adults who don't get vaccinated can put others, including children, at risk" I HATE when they say this! When a doctor convinced my husband to get a pertussis booster last winter, we were ALL sick immediately after, including my newborn. Trust me, DH and I had a nice little conversation about how he will not be bringing any more vaccine-induced illness into this house!

Proud2BWeird
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:35 AM
They say the rates are "unacceptably low", but fail to point out that until recently the rate was almost zero! This push for adults to get boosters against childhood diseases is very new.

Why is it suddenly a problem? Maybe because people are questioning the herd immunity theory. Maybe it suddenly occurred to people (or they had it pointed out to them) that if most of the adults in the herd are not immune, how can the theory be valid?
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emmy526
by New Owner on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:08 AM

yes, i agree, and pharma caught on, and most likely thought, 'hey, here's a whole new population to market vaccines to'...and the sheeple who are vaxing their kids left and right with everything are the ones buying into the BS, of course!


Quoting Proud2BWeird:

They say the rates are "unacceptably low", but fail to point out that until recently the rate was almost zero! This push for adults to get boosters against childhood diseases is very new.

Why is it suddenly a problem? Maybe because people are questioning the herd immunity theory. Maybe it suddenly occurred to people (or they had it pointed out to them) that if most of the adults in the herd are not immune, how can the theory be valid?



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