BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released the advisory panel concerning vaccines recommended for adults. This year’s panel revises the guidelines on flu shots and also recommends new ones, against human papillomavirus (HPV) or meningococcal disease.
Doctors update this vaccine list every year to make sure that patients receive all the shots they should be receiving by taking into consideration their age, medical condition, or other possible risk factors. Overall, there are 13 vaccines on the list.
The health officials stated that all adults need immunizations so that they can avoid getting or spreading contagious diseases, missing work, paying for medical bills, or not being able to care for their family. When putting up the adult immunization guidelines, the CDC took advice from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
They made several changes. Firstly, they removed the nasal flu vaccine from the list. This shot contained a weakened form of the influenza virus and proved extremely ineffective. Also, people that have egg allergy do not need to receive a special flu shot. They can receive any vaccine that is appropriate for their age.
Until now, it has been believed that people with egg allergy needed a special type of vaccine that was egg-free. It appears that they can receive any vaccine, but under careful medical supervision.
CDC also enforced some changes regarding HPV vaccine for teens. If they receive a first dose before age 15 and a second dose five months later, they can only receive two doses of vaccine and not three, like the old guidelines advised.
Also, people who are HIV positive should receive two doses of MenACWY. This is a meningococcal vaccine that protects them against potentially deadly bacteria that affects the spinal cord and the brain.
The list of liver diseases that could receive a shot against Hepatitis B was extended. Now, people with Hepatitis C can receive such a vaccine, together with people suffering from cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver diseases, or other illnesses of the liver.
CDC are trying to emphasize the importance of vaccination. They can even save lives if they are administered at the right moment and are vital for people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, or other people with a more sensitive health condition.
Also, they are advising people to get medical insurances, which offer them more chances to get the right shots at the right time.
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