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Adults not up to date on vaccines

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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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DragonBoy2012
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM
This,makes me FUME!!!!! Arrrrrrgggghhhh!!!!
What next Big Brother? George,Orwell who wrote the,classic book titled, 1984, this is sooo much abour govt trying to control us...
I am fairly hesitant to speak out to others about raising my (our) son non-vax. Family and passerbys make many compliments about how alert, aware, HEALTHY,&HAPPY my son is......all i can do is,smile and say" thanks, he is a joy to have"...

I really wanted to get out my happy tooting horn when my DH was excitedly informing family that our son hasnt gotten sick for his,entire 1st year of his,life.....i wanted to HAPPILY SHOUT, SEE EVERYBODY, ITS VAX FREE IS,THE WAY TO BE!!! Look look, hand washing, nutrition, SLEEP, love, and allowing the amazing human body to use its immune system the way it is,supposed to be!!

Question is...What can we do to get the word out??? People with degrees are thinking and speaking and SHEEPLE believe them.....my oh my . It makes me nauseous.

Seriously, people blindly will follow ??
I dont like living in America with all this garbage of we are sooo developed....we are a country of Epidemics, obesity, asthma, all sorts of IBS issues (hello people duh--immune system resides in our gut as well.
HiNeedNiki
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM
That does it. I'm leaving the country as soon as financially possible!! Land of the free my butt!!
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HiNeedNiki
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM
That does it. I'm leaving the country as soon as financially possible!! Land of the free my butt!!
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starbuck75
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This business of puttnig others at risk, trying to guilt you into getting injected with numerous toxins....If vaccines work, then those vaccinated people shouldhave nothing to fear from us.  Let them re-write their genetic code if thats what they want to do. I don't want my genetic code re-written anymore than it already has been.  A vaccine once nearly killed me and vaccines damged my child.  We are done with falling for the propaganda.

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