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Date:1/11/2008

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Some adults might be surprised to learn that vaccines aren't just for kids. Consumer Reports lists ten vaccines online at http://www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org for some of the most serious ailments, including the flu, which sends more than 200,000 people to the hospital each year and kills more than 35,000. Many people fail to get the flu shot, even though a vaccine against the disease has been available for more than 60 years. Some of the other diseases aren't likely to kill, but can be extremely painful and flare up with no warning. And when the usual childhood diseases occur in adults, the effects can be devastating. Other vaccines, including one against shingles and another that helps to protect against cervical cancer, came out fairly recently. All the vaccines listed in the CR list are generally very safe and effective, though many adults aren't aware that they need them, aren't being reminded by their doctors, or are skeptical about their safety and effectiveness.

Risky Pills: Supplements to Avoid

The January issue of Consumer Reports takes a look at dangerous supplements, noting that some dietary supplements present health risks and some have even been found to be spiked with prescription drugs. In 2007, the FDA issued more than nine "safety alerts" warning consumers to stop using 13 brands marketed as supplements because testing found that these supplements contained prescription medications. Supplements are taken for a variety of reasons such as weight loss, arthritis, depression, anxiety, stress, and asthma. People tend to turn to supplements because they want to avoid the risks and potential drug interactions of pharmaceutical drugs. CR's full report, with a listing of 11 supplements containing hazardous ingredients, is available online at http://www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. In the meantime, to be
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