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Old 09-10-2007, 09:37 AM   #1  
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The Adult Vaccines You NeedChances are when you hit adulthood, you assumed that you were pretty much done with vaccines, except for the occasional flu shot. But it's time to roll up your sleeve. Experts say the right vaccines can prevent pain and misery -- and could even save your life. Here's the lowdown on the shots you need -- and why you want them.

If you can't remember the last time you got a vaccine, call your doctor now.
On a mid-August morning two summers ago, Debbie Twenge started coughing. Just a cold, thought the resident of Dundee, OR, now 56. But the body-racking cough got worse--much worse. Over the next 6 weeks, Twenge had to make two trips to the emergency room. One particularly frightening evening, her daughter called 911 when Twenge's throat closed up during a coughing fit. "I thought I was going to die," she recalls.

By the end of September, her doctor was suggesting tranquilizers--"as if I was just a nervous female," Twenge says with outrage. That's when her husband read about a local outbreak of whooping cough, aka pertussis. A test quickly revealed she had it, but it took 6 months for her to recover from the lingering inflammation and injury to her breathing passages.

So it was with great interest that Twenge recently learned that the CDC now recommends all adults get a booster shot to protect themselves against this "childhood" disease. Health officials estimate that the vaccine could prevent more than 8,000 adult infections and 30 to 40 deaths each year. "If I had known what pertussis was like, I would have jumped at the chance to be vaccinated," says Twenge.

Chances are, when you hit adulthood, you figured that you were pretty much done with vaccines, except for the occasional flu shot. But it's time to roll up your sleeve. Experts say the right vaccines can prevent pain and misery--and could even save your life.

Still hesitant? Worried about side effects? Don't be. Here's the lowdown on the shots you need and when--and why you want them.

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Old 09-10-2007, 12:21 PM   #2  
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Good article, Theresa . . . thanks for posting it . . . I'm going to copy it into the "TIPS" Sticky.

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Old 09-23-2007, 01:33 PM   #3  
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Well gang . . . it is the first day of Autumn today.


Thought I'd bump this up to the top just to remind everybody . . .

that it is definitely time to talk to your doctor about . . .

getting your FLU SHOT this year.

Better safe than
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:26 PM   #4  
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Also the pneumonia shot if you are in a high risk category or 65 years of age or older.
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Just a word from the friendly opposition... I don't get flu shots, never have, probably never will. Not until they are specific. But those who worry should definitely get them.

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