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Hepatitis vaccines can be extremely beneficial, and in some cases, a lifesaver. Need the proof? Well then watch this video.
Transcript: Hepatitis vaccines can be extremely beneficial, and in some cases, a lifesaver. Proof? New cases of...
Hepatitis vaccines can be extremely beneficial, and in some cases, a lifesaver. Proof? New cases of hepatitis B in the U.S. have been reduced by more than 82% since 1991, thanks to the vaccination of newborns and at-risk adults. Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. Most of the time it comes and goes without causing long-term problems, but sometimes it becomes a chronic condition that triggers serious complications as the years pass. You may develop scarring of the liver, cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. There are numerous strains of hepatitis, but A, B and C are the most common. Both hepatitis A and B have been significantly reduced through vaccines, which are initially given to young children. Both vaccines require 2 to 3 doses to be fully effective. Booster vaccines are recommended for adults over 20 years old, and since 2001 there has been an A-B combination vaccination for adults over 18. In the U.S., hepatitis A - the more prevalent strain -is usually spread through contaminated food and water, while B and C are more commonly transmitted through fluids exchanged in sexual contact or through infection from contaminated blood. Healthcare workers, intravenous drug users, and those awaiting organ transplants or blood transfusions should keep their vaccines updated. It's also recommended that college students living in dorms, seniors living in nursing homes, and international travelers, especially those visiting Asia, Eastern Europe and central and South America, keep vaccinations current. While the vaccines for hep A and B have been very successful, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C. However people who have contracted hepatitis C need to keep their hep A and B vaccines current to protect them from a possible double assault on their liver. Side effects from the vaccines are generally mild, ranging from soreness at the injection site to headache and nausea. Rarely do allergic reactions occur. For more information on the various types of hepatitis , check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2014-08-06 | Tags »
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Been asking yourself 'why get vaccinated?' Well, we have the answer. Watch this video to see why you want to get a shot or two.
Transcript: If you're wondering why you should get vaccinated, you should first appreciate how vaccines work. The...
If you're wondering why you should get vaccinated, you should first appreciate how vaccines work. The science behind it is pretty fascinating. When viruses or bacteria attack the body, the immune system goes to war, creating antibodies to fight them off. And once it does that, even long after you're healthy again, the immune system remembers what it took to fight off that particular infection. If it ever meets up with it again-watch out. It knows just what to crank out so your body can defeat that germ and keep you healthy. Vaccines do the same thing without making you sick. They train your body for battle. By injecting a weak version of an otherwise harmful disease into your system, you have a chance to build immunity in case you come in contact with the full-fledged bacteria or virus. Without this pre-existing immunity, your body might not have time to figure out how to build up enough antibodies to control the disease before it makes you ill --or worse. Being vaccinated can end up meaning the difference between life and death, especially in children, the elderly or those with medical conditions who have weakened immune systems. Also, vaccinations can benefit entire communities of people. The greater number of people who are vaccinated, the more those who can't be vaccinated due to allergies, pregnancy or illness are protected. If fewer people come down with a particular disease, there's less chance of it spreading to the most vulnerable among us. To find out what vaccines you need, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-10 | Tags »
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Here are 5 things you need to know to make sure you have a safe semester abroad. Look at it as your health checklist.
Transcript: Whether you're spending a semester in Nicaragua or the Netherlands, the last thing you want to worry...
Whether you're spending a semester in Nicaragua or the Netherlands, the last thing you want to worry about is getting sick or injured. Here are 5 things you need to know to make sure you have a safe and healthy trip. One: Update your vaccinations. Traveling to different countries may expose you to diseases that are not common in the US, such as yellow fever or malaria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has a full listing of required vaccinations by country. You should also make sure you are up-to-date on all standard vaccinations, such as tetanus, and whooping cough. Ask your doctor what's recommended. You will want to get needed inoculations 4 to 6 weeks before your trip, to allow the vaccines to build sufficient immunity. Two: Pack a med kit. In addition to any prescription medications you may need, it's handy to have a few over-the-counter meds readily available. They should include antidiarrheal pills, aspirin or ibuprofen for pain and fever, an antihistamine in case of allergies, an antacid, cough drops, motion sickness pills, and antibacterial cream. Three: Get travel insurance. Many regular health plans don't include coverage outside the U.S., so a trip to the hospital can cost thousands of dollars. You can get short-term insurance for the span of your trip. If you're traveling through your university, they may suggest insurance carriers. Four: Be cautious about what you eat and drink. Contaminated food and water is a major risk factor when traveling abroad and can lead to everything from a bad case of the stomach flu to hepatitis A, food poisoning, and typhoid fever. Skip raw or undercooked foods and opt for dishes that are thoroughly cooked and still warm. Also, if you're unsure about the cleanliness of the water supply, stick with bottled water. Five: Read up on the safety of a country before you go. In some places it may be dangerous to travel alone in parts of certain cities or even with groups in the countryside. Consult travel books and web sites, stay privy to the news, and contact the local tourist bureaus. For other ways to stay healthy on your trip, check out more videos.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-14 | Tags »
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