Update on COVID-19 — the Novel Coronavirus

Betty Chaffee/ March 4, 2020/ immunization, Self management, vaccines/ 6 comments

  News is changing quickly when it comes to the novel coronavirus that was identified late last year. As a matter of fact, just three days after our first article on this subject was published, a public health emergency was declared in the United States to help deal with COVID-19. At that time, there had been 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US, and a total of about 10,000

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Pneumonia Vaccines – What’s New for Adults in 2020

Betty Chaffee/ January 15, 2020/ immunization, Self management, vaccines/ 0 comments

Vaccination against pneumonia is an important way to protect yourself from one of the most common life-threatening infections. Pneumonia affects people of every age, but is more serious for those at both ends of the age spectrum. It’s estimated that one million people will be hospitalized in the United States this year for pneumonia. Worse, it’s likely that 50,000 of the infections will end in death. Causes of pneumonia include

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Protect yourself from Shingles – get vaccinated!

Betty Chaffee/ January 9, 2020/ immunization, Self management, vaccines/ 5 comments

The new Shingles vaccine, Shingrix, has been in short supply for the past year. It’s starting to become more widely available, and the supply is expected to meet demand during 2020. If you’re 50 years of age or older and you haven’t been able to complete the two-shot series yet, or if you haven’t even thought about getting vaccinated, now’s the time to put it on your to-do list! What

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Flu Vaccines — Which One is Right for You?

Betty Chaffee/ October 30, 2019/ immunization, vaccines/ 4 comments

Hopefully, most of you have already had your flu vaccination for 2019/2020. But the realist in me knows that lots of us put it off til “later”, and a some of us never get around to it at all. So, the likelihood is that a good number of readers haven’t yet gotten vaccinated against influenza this season. I’m not here to convince you that getting a flu vaccine is one

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