Concern over the threat of infection often increases in the fall as the weather begins to change and school sessions begin. This month we pass along research findings, articles and tips to help keep you informed and your kids healthy. The best way to fight infection is to be aware of preventive measures and, whenever possible, get all available immunizations for yourself and your children.
Whooping Cough Outbreak: Immunize for Protection
Currently, California is reporting a state-wide epidemic of pertussis, or whooping cough. Whooping cough is very contagious and can cause serious illness, especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. Take action to make sure your infants and young children get their recommended five shots on time. Adolescent and adult vaccination is also important, since the immunity from the vaccine or the illness itself can wear off over time. The Tdap booster is recommended for pre-teens at age 11-12; women of childbearing age, before, during, or immediately after pregnancy; adults age 65 and older; and adults who will be around infants.
MRSA, commonly known as "staph," is a common bacteria that can cause serious infection, especially if you are ill or if your immune system is weak. Learn more about MRSA, including causes and symptoms.
Invasion of the Microorganisms
Infections are inevitable. Some are more serious than others, but you can reduce your risk by building up a strong immune system. Learn some preventive measures, along with holistic suggestions for healthier living.
The information in this newsletter is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider with any concerns you may have. Thanks to Blue Shield for this helpful information!