Vaccinations Articles

Keeping up with your vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revises its immunization guidelines every year. No new vaccines have been added but there are some changes for 2011, in particular ones that apply to people at middle age or older. Here's a quick summary which includes flu shots, Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal vaccine. (Locked) More »

The shingles vaccine

For people who have had shingles, the question of whether or not to get the vaccine to prevent a recurrence is not easily answered. Some pretty good data suggests that the risk of recurrence is quite high and, particularly if you've had a bad case, getting the vaccination would seem to be a prudent precaution. But it's also possible to make a case for the evidence not being all that solid. More »

The cervical cancer vaccine

A vaccine aims to prevent cervical cancer by fighting the strains of human papillomavirus that cause it. The CDC recommends the vaccine be given before puberty, because it is more effective if received before exposure to HPV. More »