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Category: Vaccines & Side Effects

Vaccines for the Whole Family – Dr. Patti Olusola

At one time in human history, infectious diseases constituted one of the largest single health problems. Today, because of modern vaccines, infectious diseases that at one time brought widespread suffering and premature death, are now effectively a non-factor for most people. But keeping current on vaccinations is essential all through life, as the U.T. Health Center at Tyler’s Dr. Patti Olusola explains in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What vaccinations must be received or kept up to date in order for children to enroll in school? (first question)

Why has there been controversy regarding childhood vaccinations in recent years? (skip to 0:49)

What are the risks for children who don’t get immunized? (skip to 1:37)

Are there vaccines that teenagers need to have? (skip to 2:28)

Which vaccines are important for adults to keep current? (skip to 2:58)

Can the vaccines we received as children wear off over time? (skip to 4:00)

Baby boomers can almost all be identified by the scar from a smallpox vaccination, usually on the left arm. What happened to this vaccination? (skip to 4:26)

If a doctor doesn’t bring up the subject of vaccinations, should the patient ask? (skip to 5:03)

What research is being done now for likely vaccines in the future? (skip to 5:33)


Preparing for Flu Season – Dr. Wyn Andrews

With respect to the flu you really have two choices. Run the misery of getting it, or, get vaccinated against it. In this post to www.HealthConnection.TV, Family Medicine physician Dr. Wyn Andrews from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler talks about ways to prevent the flu and ways to deal with the flu if you should be so unfortunate to get it.

When is the best time to get vaccinated for the flu? (first question)

Who should be vaccinated? (skip to 0:37)

Fact or fiction- can you get the flu from getting the flu vaccine? (skip to 1:22)

Why do some people insist that they got the flu as a result of getting the vaccine? (skip to 2:06)

Explain the different ways to receive a flu vaccination including the new “intradermal” vaccine. (skip to 2:55)

How do you know if what you have is really the flu and not just a common virus like a cold? (skip to 3:54)

Are there medications that will reduce the severity or duration of flu symptoms? (skip to 5:00)

Apart from bed rest and drinking fluids, are there other comfort measures that can be taken for the flu? (skip to 5:45)

How do you know when it’s necessary to see a doctor in connection with flu symptoms? (skip to 6:27)


Dr. Michelle Bosworth: Adult Immunization

While we associate immunizations with childhood, the fact is that adults also need to receive vaccines against serious and potentially debilitating diseases. University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler family medicine specialist Dr. Michelle Bosworth discusses adult immunization in this Health Connection post.

Other than an annual flu shot, what immunizations should an adult have? (first question)

What factors are considered in determining what immunizations an adult needs? (skip to 1:00)

Which vaccines are the most important for an adult to have? (skip to 1:44)

How concerned should we be about potential side effects from vaccines? (skip to 2:35)

If you’ve ever had chicken pox, are you at risk for getting shingles? Is there a vaccine? (skip to 3:35)

People will argue that the diseases for which we receive vaccines are now under control. Why do we need to be vaccinated? (skip to 4:40)

Which is more effective in delivering an immunization, an injection or the nasal mist? (skip to 5:21)