Healthy Happy & Hip Living in the Mid Atlantic forum: Don't forget your vaccines, and if you're over 50, get whooping cough

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hart
Oct 20, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Just a reminder to everyone. Seems like every store, Target, Walmart, the drugstores, are offering low cost flu vaccines right now.

But did you know that if you're over 50, the whooping cough vaccine you had as a child is no longer working? There's been a pretty serious outbreak of whooping cough in California this year but the rate is up in several other states too.

Do you need a whooping cough vaccine?
http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/prevention.html

From a USA Today story
"A pertussis booster shot is essential to prevent the spread of pertussis to infants," said infectious disease expert Dr. Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at New York University in New York City, who was not involved in the report.

"This vaccine wears off, and if you don't get a booster you are putting babies at risk because the spread of pertussis is on the increase, with 17,000 cases reported in 2009," he said. Most infants that have not had their full vaccination series are under six months of age. (Note from me - statistic is for last year, not this year. Nine babies have died from it in the outbreak in California.)

Target flu shot locator
http://sites.target.com/site/en/spot/flushot_locator.jsp
Walmart
http://www.flushotsusa.walmart.com/
Costco
http://www.findaflushot.com/costco/
Walgreens
http://www.walgreens.com/topic/health-shops/flu.jsp?ext=msnF...
Rite Aid
http://www.riteaid.com/promos/flu_clinic/
CVS
https:/flushot.cvs.com/CVSApp/ConsumerLanding.do?method=ShowLandingPage&WT.mc_id=S_082310_MSNBing_FluShot
Giant Food
http://www.giantfood.com/shop_online/pharmacy/flu_clinic.htm
Medicine Shoppe
http://www.medicineshoppe.com/flu.aspx
Kroger
http://www.kroger.com/pharmacy/Pages/its_time_to_fight_the_f...
Food Lion
http://www.foodlion.com/flu
Safeway
http://www.safeway.com/IFL/Grocery/Flu-Shots
Imagewoodthrush
Oct 20, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Got my flu shot at Walmart but haven't seen anyone offering the whooping cough.
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hart
Oct 20, 2010 7:36 PM CST
It's usually put in with tetanus shots. I don't think you'll find it at the stores. They're only doing flu shots.
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Imagestormyla
Oct 20, 2010 8:40 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hmm, I'll have to dig out my WHO travel vaccine record and see if I've had that one. Thanks for the heads up Hart!
Imagewoodthrush
Oct 20, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/10/20/california.whooping.cou...
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Imagesheryl
Oct 21, 2010 4:00 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
FYI, your local health department will carry most common vaccines. Got my flu shot there the other day.
Tammy
Oct 23, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Name: Tam
NE PA
I'm not such a fan of those flu shots. I found a review of studies on the flu shot and it showed they are really not very effective. Its hard to know what / who to believe these days. I'll try to find the link to the study.

Tam
Imagestormyla
Oct 24, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Tammy, We have a separate thread open here for the vaccine debate. Please post your info there.

http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/39241/
Imagesallyg
Nov 3, 2010 7:59 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I was due for my Tetanus few years ago. That has now gone to a five year renewal cycle. And yes, its given as Tdap, . My local health dept has clinic sites and I got it there. My GYN didn't carry it.

I do believe in flu shots and have gotten one almost ever year for a dozen. I just couldn't take a chance on me being very sick, even tho Mom got the shot also and would theoretically be protected from me.

Whooping cough is a concern in MA too because of the number of Amish/ Mennonites who do not vaccinate, and the number of homeschoolers who also may choose not to vaccinate.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
hart
Nov 3, 2010 9:23 AM CST
Another vaccine those of us 60 and older might consider is the shingles vaccine. We're all old enough to have had chicken pox because there was no vaccine for that when we were children and shingles are caused by the old chicken pox viruses lurking in our bodies. Having seen two elderly friends go through extreme, debilitating pain for many months from shingles, it kind of scares me.

However, apparently a small percentage of people can have shingles from the vaccine. There's a good article here on the medical pros and cons of the vaccine. Be sure to read it carefully. The writers think that many of those are actually having breakthrough outbreaks of shingles from their own latent viruses and not from the vaccine.

http://www.bing.com/health/article/harvard-1000244269/Should...
Imagestormyla
Nov 3, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Shingles among the elderly has been a hugh problem here the last 5 years. I personally know at least 6 or 7 seniors who have had it. They have suffered for months with it. My sister had it when she was a child. It was miserable for her. Ever since then, whenever she is under a lot of stress, she gets severe hives on the body parts that were affected by the shingles.
hart
Nov 3, 2010 9:45 AM CST
Mom had shingles a few years ago and luckily didn't have the bad pain, just the rash, which is miserable enough. The two other elderly ladies I know who had it were in extreme pain with the neuralgia that goes along with some cases. That was horrible.

All three had the rash really bad on their chests, under their breasts, which you can imagine was very uncomfortable. And of course all three thought the idea of leaving the house without a bra was beyond appalling. So they endured the pain and misery of wearing a bra that rubbed that rash.
Imagestormyla
Nov 3, 2010 11:09 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I've known of people to have it on the neck, ears and it's traveled near the eyes and other facial openings. In those cases, there is fear that it will go to the brain.
hart
Nov 3, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Ack! I'm just glad they do have a vaccine for chicken pox now so that the younger folks don't have to worry about getting shingles when they're elderly.
Imagestormyla
Nov 3, 2010 5:42 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Is that the Rubella one?
hart
Nov 3, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Rubella is red measles, isn't it? Nope, I was wrong, it's German measles.
Imagesallyg
Nov 3, 2010 10:11 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Hence the MMR that babies get
Measles, mumps, rubella
My kids are just young enough for the acronyms to have stuck in my head.

Hm, I just came across this youtube on 'nasal washing'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olzPq_6803w
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
hart
Nov 3, 2010 10:54 PM CST
Sally, if you look in the older printable coupons posts -the October one I think, I printed a link to a bunch of Waterpik coupons, including some for their sinus irrigation doodads. Marshall's uncle does this all the time and swears it has not only gotten rid of his sinus/allergy problems but kept him from getting colds all the time too.

I've used Simply Saline for years for my allergies and when I have a cold. It really helps.
Imagestormyla
Nov 4, 2010 8:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Mumps was the absolute worst. I remember having that as a kid, and did it hurt!!
hart
Nov 4, 2010 9:11 AM CST
Oh, gosh, don't remind me. I had it in both sides at the same time. Doctor said it was the worst case of mumps he'd ever seen. But at least I had it as a child. Marshall's dad had it as an adult and ended up in the hospital.

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