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Whooping Cough Vaccine for Pregnant Women Among New Recommendations
Date:1/29/2013

ugh there already has been one peak in flu activity, he said that in most flu seasons there are two peaks. If you get vaccinated now, you can protect yourself against a second spike in flu activity. He also noted that there will be a change in next year's flu vaccine that should make it more effective.

The other big change in the vaccine schedule is for adults aged 19 or older who are at high risk for pneumococcal infections, including people with compromised immune systems, people without a functioning spleen, those with cerebrospinal fluid leaks and people with ear implants. They should be given vaccines known as "PCV-13" followed by the "PPSV23" at least eight weeks later, the guidelines recommended. Rubin said the first vaccine helps prime the immune system for the second vaccine.

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Review the vaccine schedules for adults and children at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: H. Cody Meissner, M.D., professor of pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, and chief, pediatric infectious disease, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston; Lorry Rubin, M.D., director, pediatric infectious disease, Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park; Feb. 5, 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine; February 2013 Pediatrics


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