Texas A&M College of Medicine’s James Samuel, Ph.D., is currently working on a vaccine for Q fever, an animal-borne bacterial infection that affects hundreds of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most people are familiar with the telltale signs of meningitis – a headache and stiff neck – but little else. To brush up on our knowledge about this potentially deadly disease, we sat down with Dr. Cristie Columbus, who shares information about the different strains and people most at risk.
Almost one out of every three individuals will develop shingles during their lifetime, according to the CDC. Shingles, otherwise known as herpes zoster, causes a painful, blistering rash that can have complications that last for months or even years afterwards. However, shingles doesn’t have to be inevitable: there is a vaccine, Zostavax, recommended for anyone over the age of 60.
More than 4,000 women lose their lives to cervical cancer each year. The leading cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus , which is also the most common sexually transmitted infection . While HPV vaccines that were approved by the Food and Drug Administration almost a decade ago are proven to reduce incidences of cervical cancer in women, as well as other forms of cancer in both men and women, many parents are still opting not to vaccinate their children.
Last year marked the beginning of the worst measles outbreak in two decades for the United States. The preventable disease once thought to be eradicated from U.S. soil has many people wondering how something like this could have happened.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. The peak of flu season has occurred anywhere from late November through March. The overall health impact (e.g., infections, hospitalizations, and deaths) of a flu season varies from year to year.
Flu season has officially begun! Aside from washing your hands, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly, getting vaccinated is your best form of protection against the flu.
Adult vaccinations are valuable and increase in importance the older a person gets, and it’s imperative that adults reexamine their vaccination plans as they age.
Flu season starts in October and can last until May. There are a number of precautions you can take this flu season to avoid catching the flu, but the best form of protection is your annual flu vaccination.
While much attention has been focused on the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,000 lives across West Africa, there are other, more easily spread infectious diseases lurking – like pandemic influenza virus. Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D., vice president for public health preparedness and response at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, speaks about pandemic influenza, its implications for society, and actions the public health community can take to mitigate damage and save lives.