Fewer than thirty percent of adults in America, receive their recommended vaccinations each year. The state is reminding people vaccinations aren’t just for children.
Health officials say adults living with heart disease, diabetes, HIV and chronic kidney disease are more at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses.
They say, staying current on vaccinations not only protects the recipient but helps prevent the spread of diseases within the community.
Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. She says, when mom and dad are vaccinated, it can protect the family.
“Often times adults may think that vaccines are for younger children and may forget about protecting themselves. What’s important to remember is that by staying up-to-date on your vaccines you’re actually helping to protect children you’re around as well.”
Eisner says, the CDC has a recommended vaccination schedule for certain age and high risk groups.
Here’s a link to the CDC vaccination schedule http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html
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Drug resistant lice has now been found in 25 states, including Michigan.
According to the American Chemical Society, the lice is resistant to over-the-counter treatments, so prescription treatments are still an option.
Jennifer Morse is the medical director for the Central Michigan Health Department. She explains how the lice became resistant.
“Just like a bacteria can become resistant, the lice basically will mutate. It’s just natural selection, so if there was one that had a mutation that made it resistant to that insecticide, then it will go on and have offspring and then they’ll keep living through it over and over again” says Morse.
Morse also says she has seen problems in patients at the health department.
“I had quite a few people who needed repeated therapies, or families where they would need treatment after treatment. Unfortunately for some families their insurance would not cover any other than a certain brand of medication, unless they failed that treatment repeatedly and that was usually your sign that it was resistant” says Morse.
Health officials in north-western Michigan say they have not seen any issues with the drug resistant lice, but they are not ruling out that it could be a problem.
Precautionary measures to avoid lice include limiting head to head contact and not sharing items that may be near the head, like brushes or hats. For more information about prevention and treatment, visit here.
Many people make new years resolutions to live healthier lifestyles.
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