Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Adult immunization needs to move up the health check list

22.12.2011
Check-list for a healthy life: Quit smoking. Don't drink too much. Exercise regularly.

Oops! You forgot something – up-to-date immunizations.

Adult Canadians are not being immunized routinely for life-saving, vaccine-preventable diseases, according to Dr. Vivien Brown, an adjunct associate professor of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine who lectures extensively to doctors and other health care professionals across Canada.

The family physician said a national survey in 2006 found less than 47 per cent of adults were properly immunized for tetanus, with an "abysmal" 39 per cent of adults over 65 receiving the pneumococcal vaccine which protects against serious infections in the lungs, blood and brain.

"Although immunization might not prevent clinical illness in adults, it is clear it leads to decreased severity of illness and fewer deaths," Brown said. Her study appears in the December issue of the journal Canadian Family Physician.

Brown said physicians have the responsibility to educate and inform patients so that they can make good decisions on their own. However, doctors often do not have the time to run through a comprehensive preventive care checklist with each patient as they manage acute and chronic conditions. Prevention alone is estimated at taking up more than seven hours a day, she said.

But, Brown says, both doctors and patients can do a better job. "If we start to evaluate health by including immune status, we will be in a position to make better decisions, to order appropriate tests, and to have more complete preventive assessments."

She suggests a starting point in physicians' day-to-day practice is to "move immunization up from the bottom of the heap."

Patients also carry some responsibility, Brown said. "Patients also need to be aware of keeping track of their history of immunization. For example, when did they last have a tetanus shot…often given at a walk-in clinic or in the emergency department after trauma, and the doctor may not be aware of this situation. Patients tend to know their drugs and drug allergies and they need to be responsible about immunization records as well."

Editors:

Dr. Vivien Brown may be reached at vbmd@rogers.com during the holiday season.

Veronica McGuire | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.mcmaster.ca

Further reports about: Adult chronic condition immunization preventive assessments

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht A 'half-hearted' solution to one-sided heart failure
24.11.2017 | Boston Children's Hospital

nachricht New study points the way to therapy for rare cancer that targets the young
22.11.2017 | Rockefeller University

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: New proton record: Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision

High-precision measurement of the g-factor eleven times more precise than before / Results indicate a strong similarity between protons and antiprotons

The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten...

Im Focus: Frictional Heat Powers Hydrothermal Activity on Enceladus

Computer simulation shows how the icy moon heats water in a porous rock core

Heat from the friction of rocks caused by tidal forces could be the “engine” for the hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus. This presupposes that...

Im Focus: Nanoparticles help with malaria diagnosis – new rapid test in development

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and subtropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen for a new test method to detect malaria parasites in blood. The idea of the research project “NanoFRET” is to develop a highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test so that patient treatment can begin as early as possible.

Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite. The most dangerous form of malaria is malaria tropica. Left untreated, it is fatal in most cases....

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

IceCube experiment finds Earth can block high-energy particles from nuclear reactions

24.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

A 'half-hearted' solution to one-sided heart failure

24.11.2017 | Health and Medicine

Heidelberg Researchers Study Unique Underwater Stalactites

24.11.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>