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Why vaccination of adults can help prevent chronic diseases


Some vaccinations are specifically recommended for older adults, high-risk individuals, those in certain occupations, or those with medical conditions that make them more likely to get infections

Some vaccinations are specifically recommended for older adults, high-risk individuals, those in certain occupations, or those with medical conditions that make them more likely to get infections

Vaccination of adults can help prevent serious, life threatening diseases.

Some vaccinations are specifically recommended for older adults, high-risk individuals, those in certain occupations, or those with medical conditions that make them more likely to get infections.

Influenza “flu” vaccine
Influenza is a very contagious disease, causing mild cold-like illness to serious illnesses and complications that can cause death.

The influenza or “flu” vaccine is given in early fall, just before the influenza season begins.

The virus used in the vaccine is killed, or inactivated, so it cannot infect you.

There is an injectable vaccine and a nasal spray (FluMist). It is for anyone who wants protection from the flu.

The influenza vaccine is highly recommended every year if you are 50 years or older, if you are a health are worker, if you live with a person at high risk, or at any age if you have any of the following conditions:
*Heart disease
*Lung disease
*Kidney disease
*A weekend immune system
*Pregnancy during the flu season.

You must be immunized each season because the virus that causes the disease and the vaccination changes from year to year.

Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)
The pneumococcal vaccination helps prevent complications from infection by a bacterium called streptococcus pneumonia. These bacteria are a common cause of lung infection as well as other serious infections because these bacteria are becoming more resistant to antibodies and more difficult to treat, it is important to get immunized if you are at risk.

All healthy adults age 65 or older should receive this vaccination. Those with any of the following conditions should also be immunized as recommended by a health care provider:
•Heart disease
•Lung disease
•Kidney disease
•Removal of spleen
•Liver disease
•A weakened immune system

Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) and Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap)
Bacteria cause tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Tetanus enters the body through a break in the skin, such as a scratch, cut or puncture would Diphtheria and whooping cough can be spread from person to person.

If you have never been immunized against tetanus-diphtheria (Td), you should receive a primary series of three injections. You will then need a booster does of the vaccine (Td) every 10 years throughout life.

The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough in adults and teens. A one-time Tdap booster is recommended for adults and teens to boost immunity against whooping cough, as well as tetanus and diphtheria.

Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B is a virus that causes serious live infection that can lead to long-lasting (chronic) liver disease. The hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three injections. The following high-risk individuals should be immunized:
*Health care workers
*People with hemophilia
*People on hemodialysis
*Anyone with liver disease
*Frequent international travelers
*People who use injectable street drugs and their partners
*People who have had more than one sexual partner
*Sexual partners of those with known hepatitis B or at risk of exposure

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles. It results in a painful skin rash, usually with blisters. Shingles is often followed by a period of long lasting (chronic) pain. Only people who have had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine can get shingles. People 60 years and older should get a shingle vaccination. (Zostavax). It is a live vaccination and so is not recommended for people with a weakened immune system. It is given as a one-time dose.

Other vaccinations
Many other infections can be prevented with proper vaccination, these inflections include:
•Hepatitis A
•Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for young women

For some high-risk individuals, a health care provider may recommend more vaccinations.

Before international travel, visit a health care provider experienced in travel medicine well in advance (usually four or more weeks) of any planned travel to determine your vaccination needs. This service is provided at the Mayo Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic. You may also contact your health care provider, or your local or state health care provider, or your local or state health department.

How do I know what I need?
Review your vaccination records and then talk with your health care provider about additional vaccinations you may need. Keep your vaccination records safe and take them with you to medical appointments.

What if I have had a reaction to a vaccine in the past?
Most people can receive the vaccine following an evaluation and testing by a health care provider who specializes in allergic reactions (allergist).

Where can I get vaccination?
Routine vaccinations are available from your health care provider or at the Mayo Adult Immunization Clinic.

Certain travel-related vaccinations are available through the Mayo Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic or other approved travel clinics.

Talk with your health care provider before getting a vaccination.

Vaccinations may not be covered by your medical insurance.
Culled from Mayo Clinic Patient Education material titled “Vaccinations for Your Adult Life.”

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    “Why vaccination of adults can help prevent chronic diseases”

    No, it doesn’t and it you actually read what the CDC has on their own websites you will realize people are being led down the garden path towards an empty garden.

    -Influenza “flu” vaccine: All Flu vaccines shed live viruses. All live virus vaccines shed-period. If you read the actual CDC data their are actually very few lab confirmed Flu cases. That was why the CDC stopped counting Flu cases in 2009 (swine) because after the entire fear mongering campaign there were very few actually FLU cases. Influenza is a specific virus and people were not being infected by it. Last years Flu shot was a dud, again despite there being 4 different Flu viruses in it. How many are going to be in the next one? Interaction of 4 viruses in a combined shot has NOT been studied which is probably why so many deaths resulted last season.

    -Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) and Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap):
    Tetanus is a NON-COMMUNICABLE SPORE/FUNGUS. You can’t catch it from anyone. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only. If the w wound is bleeding C. tetani spores cannot grow because it needs a space devoid of oxygen.
    -Diphtheria: the Diphtheria toxoid vaccine is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.
    -Pertussis: An experiment with deliberate pertussis infection in primates revealed that the aP vaccine is not capable of preventing colonization and transmission of B. pertussis. The FDA has issued a warning regarding this crucial finding.
    * Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission
    in a nonhuman primate model. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:787-9:. Tod Merkel of the FDA and researcher on the study stated in the NYT:
    when exposed to B. Pertussis after recently getting vaccinated, you could be an asymptomatic carrier and infect others, saying: “When you’re newly vaccinated, you are an asymptomatic carrier, which is good for you, but not for the population.”

    -Hepatitis B (HBV):is a blood-borne virus. It does not spread in a
    community setting, especially among people who are unlikely to engage
    in high-risk behaviors, such as needle sharing or sex. Vaccinating people for hepatitis B cannot significantly alter the safety of public

    -Pneumococcal (Pneumonia): None of the shots work which is why there are so many of them. Every year there is a new one because the previous one was a dud. The best anti-virals are Vitamin C, D, E & A. Vitamin C has been documented to knock out pneumonia in 24 hours. Lots of solid research on these supplements.

    -Herpes Zoster (Shingles): This shot is just double the strength of the Varicella (chicken pox) shot that children receive. It is a live virus shot and like the Varicella shot it sheds up to 6 weeks. Stated on package insert. Also, because it is the same viral strain as the one given to children, adults who have been given this are CONTAGIOUS and should avoid children and other adults for the 6 weeks. Doctors tell parents when their children are given the Chicken Pox shot to stay away from young children and old people so the same applies with the Shingles shot. Package insert states:
    “Transmission of vaccine virus may occur between vaccinees and susceptible contacts: With 1 child in 6 chroniclly ill as a Pediatrics study revealed and the poor state of health of the peopl in the US-this is a recipe for disaster.

    *Hepatitis A:The chance of an adult getting hepatitis A close to none or
    nonexistent. When the potential for exposure does exist, those risk factors are
    easily identified. Even more disturbing is that hepatitis A causes a
    self-limiting infection and does not cause chronic disease. People should be made aware of the risks and benefits of each vaccine where the chance for infection is minimal to nonexistent.-

    •Measles: Sheds up to28 days. CDC Pink Book states that 48% of people who receive shot are expected to develop measles but symptoms may be mild or person asymptomatic. Those 48% are contagious. The remaining who show no symptoms but have the virus in them are also contagious which is why there have been significant outbreaks across the globe. Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic stated in 1994 that measles has become a illness of immunized people.

    •Mumps: 2 lawsuit moving forward against Merck’s fabrication of efficiency: Memorandum issued by Judge explaining his ruling: http://www.rescuepost (dot) com/files/59-opinion.pdf. http://www.courthousenews (dot) com/2012/06/27/47851.htm. http://www.naturalnews (dot) com/gallery/documents/Merck-False-Claims-Act.pdf. http://www.naturalnews (dot) com/gallery/documents/Chatom-Lawsuit-Merck-Mumps.pdf.

    •Rabies: Toxic

    •Meningitis: Also, sheds.

    •Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for young women: .The finding of HPV viral DNA integrated in most cellular genomes of cervical carcinomas supports epidemiologic data linking this agent to cervical cancer however, direct causation has not been demonstrated. http://www.cancer (dot) gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/cervical/healthprofessional/allpage.

    -While there are well-established cancer registries in the United States, it will take decades before the impact of vaccine on cervical cancer is observed. More proximal measures of vaccine impact include outcomes such as prevalence of HPV vaccine types, incidence of cervical pre-cancers and genital warts
    Post-licensure monitoring of HPV vaccine in the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
    Vaccine. 2010 Jul 5;28 (30):4731-7. Epub 2010 Feb 25, http://www.ncbi.nlm (dot)

    The Emerging Risks of Live Virus & Virus Vectored Vaccines: http://www.nvic (dot) org/vaccine-strain-virus-shedding-and-transmission.aspx. documentation from government sources with solid research.