Family Corner: Mumps Cases on the Rise

The rise in mumps cases in recent months is a stark reminder of the importance of vaccination to prevent this highly contagious disease. The state of Arkansas has reported nearly 2,900 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since last August, while the state of Washington has reported 624 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since […] Read more »

Identifying the Difference Between a Cold & Pneumonia

difference between cough and pneumonia

Like many people, you may have developed an annoying cough this winter. In most cases, the cause of a cough is nothing more than the common cold or flu. However, that lingering cough could also be a sign of pneumonia. Because pneumonia has many symptoms in common with less serious illnesses, it can be difficult […] Read more »

Spike in Whooping Cough Cases Boosts Tdap Booster

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness in individuals of all ages. The disease can be life-threatening, especially for babies, but it’s also preventable thanks to the whooping cough vaccine. However, the number of cases of whooping cough has risen in recent decades. In 2012, the most recent […] Read more »

CDC Study Finds Flu Shots in Seniors Cuts Hospitalization Risk by 50%

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more evidence that a flu shot is a vital step in protecting the health of older Americans. Researchers found that among those age 50 and older who got a flu shot during the 2010-11 flu season, the risk of hospitalization […] Read more »

FDA Working to Make Mumps, Whooping Cough Vaccines Even Better

Change is good, especially when it comes to vaccines. A new consumer update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says researchers are currently focused on making two vaccines used in the U.S. – which are already safe and effective – even better: mumps vaccine and whooping cough vaccine. The primary mission of the […] Read more »

HPV Vaccine Can Protect Women Across a Broad Age Range, Study Finds

New research by a team at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center has demonstrated that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects women older than 26 years from HPV infection. The international study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, included women from 12 countries across four continents. Read more »

Why Seniors Should Get the Pneumonia Vaccine

Vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia is recommended for all adults age 65 and older. There are currently two types of pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine: pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23). PCV13 protects against 13 strains of pneumococcus bacteria and PPSV23 protects against 23 strains of pneumococcus bacteria. Read more »

Seniors, Protect Yourself Against Serious Disease with These 4 Vaccines

Vaccinations aren’t just for kids anymore. If you’re an older American, you have probably been advised to get a flu shot each year. However, there are other important immunizations that you need to get to protect your health as you age. Let’s take a look at all vaccines currently recommended by the Centers for Disease […] Read more »