Common influenza causes fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache, and muscle aches. Each year in the U.S., more than 114,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 die because of influenza related illnesses. Flu vaccination is especially important for adults age 50 or more, and adults with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and other chronic illnesses. However, regardless of age, a yearly flu shot is recommended for almost everyone.
Zostavax™ is a vaccine that is used for adults 60 years of age or older to prevent shingles. Shingles is a rash that is usually on one side of the body. The rash will often blister, can last up to 30 days and be painful. Zostavax™ works by helping your immune system protect you from getting shingles and the associated pain and other serious complications.
Pneumococcal disease can result in serious, sometimes fatal infections of the lungs (pneumonia), the blood (bacteremia) and the brain (meningitis). You can protect yourself from this disease with the pneumococcal vaccine which can be administered at any time of the year and provides long-term protection against the disease.
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