Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Adults 50-plus need flu shots

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        All Tristate residents aged 50 and up, not just those over age 65, should get flu shots once the vaccines are available this fall, say officials with the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati.

        Based on inaccurate information provided to the Enquirer, a story published Saturday about unified guidelines for several common health screenings and preventive services listed incorrect ages for when people should get flu shots.

        The new guideline for adult immunizations should have said:

        • All people age 50 and up and all others over 17 with high-risk health conditions should get an annual flu shot. High-risk conditions in clude asthma, diabetes, HIV or AIDS, and other immune-compromising illnesses.

        • All people age 65 and up, plus other high-risk adults, should get a pneumonia vaccine. Seniors should get a repeat vaccination at least five years after the first shot.

        • All adults who have never had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccine, should get a one-time, two-dose chicken pox vaccine.

        • Everyone should get Tetanus boosters every 10 years.

        • Adults born after 1956 who never had measles as a child or did not have the childhood vaccine should get a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Adults who got the childhood vaccine but who now spend time near large numbers of young people should get a second MMR vaccine.


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