Monday, August 23, 2010

Lifesaving vaccines You Shouldn't Miss

When it comes to protecting our health, we should make sure our body is fully equipped with appropriate immunizations to combat illnesses. Both kids and adults should go in for their immunizations.

Flu Vaccine: Called influenza (aka flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness with symptoms like fever, aches, sore throat, runny nose and nausea, with an estimated 36,000 deaths annually. There are 2 separate shots; the regular flu vaccine and the H1N1 virus (swine flu) vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone, 6 months and older to get the shot, at least once a year between September and February, - the sooner the better.
Get both vaccines for full protection.

Hepatitis B Vaccine: Hepatitis B attacks the liver that causes jaundice, liver cancer and liver failure. Everyone must get it especially sexually active adults who are not monogamous in their relationships. Hepa B is transmitted sexually, but it can also be spread by sharing needles and from mother to baby during delivery.
Three shots is administered within a 6-month period and taken once in a lifetime.

HPV Vaccine: It reduces a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer and genital warts by 70-80% by protecting against 4 strains of genital human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus. This vaccine is administered for females between ages 9-26, since this age are less likely to have already been infected by the virus; The shot only prevents, - not treat HPV.
If someone (or already over 26 years old) has already HPV, getting vaccinated may prevent infection from more serious. Three shots given over a 6-month period provide long-lasting immunity.

Tdap booster: This shot protects against tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough (pertussis). All adults 19-64 years of age can get it except for pregnant women.