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The FDA approved the use of Shingrix, a recombinant inactivated vaccine, for protection against shingles in patients aged 50 and older on October 20, 2017.  The American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recommended that Shingrix be given instead of Zostavax, the currently available live, attenuated vaccine which has been on the market since 2006.  Shingles…

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Measles was thought to be virtually eliminated in the U.S., reaching an all-time low of 37 cases in 2004. However, it’s in the news again. Dr. Thu Tran’s father-in-law, Dr. Sam Katz, developed the vaccine in the 1960s and infection rates decreased steadily. Unfortunately, a later-discredited study linking vaccines to autism caused some parents to withhold these vaccines from…

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Some time soon, when the evening air starts to chill, a few leaves start to drift to earth and the smell of wood smoke is in the air you’ll know fall is just around the corner. That means it is flu shot season. Actually, there are a number of other immunizations recommended for adults. Let…

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October Health News 1.  Primary Care Utilization and Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2013; 159(7):  437-445. Senior citizens who see a primary care physician more often (5-10 visits over an 11 year period versus 0-1 visits during the same period) are less likely to develop colorectal cancer and less likely…

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