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It’s nearly time for school to start again and parents may be thinking of what vaccines the kids need, but health officials say adults need vaccines too.
The Center for Disease Control is offering an online quiz adults can take to find out what vaccines are recommended for them.
Angela Minicuci is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health.
“For a number of vaccines the vaccine effectiveness essentially wanes after a number of years and it does vary by vaccine,” Minicuci said, “And as our body ages as we grow older we want to make sure that we have the most up-to-date protection in our body to protect ourselves.”
She said in addition to helping adults stay healthy, vaccines help curb the spread of illness to others.
“As adults we need to make sure that we are protecting ourselves so that number one we don’t get sick,” Minicuci said, “But number two as we are caring for children as we come into contact with children who are much more vulnerable to these diseases that we’re protecting them as well.”
Minicuci said the vaccines adults need depend on things like age, gender and health conditions. Those are things the CDC quiz asks about.
She said one great tool for adults is the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, which is an online resource for patients where they can see what vaccines they have had.
She said not all doctors use MCIR. To access vaccine records through MCIR, patients need to mail or fax a request form to the MDCH.
ON THE WEB
What vaccines do you need? Adolescent and adult vaccine quiz http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/?s_cid=bb-adults-adultquiz-025
Michigan Care Improvement Registry Request an official immunization record www.mcir.org/publicrequestimmuniz.html
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But health officials share skin cancer warnings with residents and urge caution when outside and inside.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says that indoor and outdoor tanning come with a serious risk.
“Part of the reason that we want to make sure people are protecting themselves early in life from tanning from UV ray exposure in general is because it does lead to cancer,” Minicuci said, “Science has proven that. And there are things that we need to address and some myths we need to dispel so that people do understand that this is a risk. It is an injury that you are doing to your body and it does increase your risk of potentially getting this very serious form of cancer.”
Minicuci says one myth is that a base tan equals skin protection. But she says a base tan only provides an spf of about 3 which is not very helpful.
She said it doesn’t matter if you are tanning indoors or out, the risk of deadly skin cancer is still present, especially for youth.
“Indoor tanning has different risks than outdoor natural sunlight,” Minicuci said, “And recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came out with more stringent requirements regarding sunlamp products because of the risk that they pose especially to minors – so people who are young.”
Minicuci’s advice is to cover up and use sunscreen when outside.
According to the CDC’s latest data, over 61,000 people had skin cancer in 2010 and over 9,000 died from Melanoma cancer.
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Red and hearts are all around this month, and the American Heart Association hopes Michiganders will put the two together this Friday, to join in the fight against the number-one killer of women – which some people may be surprised to learn is heart disease.
Janine Krolikowski of Royal Oak, an AHA spokeswoman, lost both her parents to heart disease at an early age, and as a cardiac ultrasound technician, she knew the warning signs. However, she said, she still downplayed her own heart attack symptoms until it was almost too late.
“The one thing I did right that day is, I took an aspirin when I thought it was cardiac-related,” she recalled. “What I did wrong was, I didn’t call 911 immediately.”
Friday marks the 11th annual National Wear Red Day. Men and women alike are encouraged to wear the color to help raise awareness of heart disease, which according to the Heart Association claims more women’s lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.
Krolikowski said she hopes the simple act of wearing red will help remind women across Michigan just how critical it is to take care of themselves.
“Everything takes priority and we end up at the bottom of the heap, and that has to change for women, because if we’re not here, we can’t take care of our children, we won’t be able take care of our husbands, or work,” she warned. “We need to make that a number-one priority.”
The American Heart Association estimates that 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
On The Web:
“Go Red” Campaign: www.goredforwomen.org
This story was provided by Mona Shand with the Michigan News Connection
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