We have discussed vaccinations numerous times in the past and at times it can be confusing so a quick primer as well as some new information on the delivery system for vaccines is timely. Believe it or not everyday we add 10,000 individuals to Medicare as we have Baby Boomers turning 65. The reason I couple this with vaccinations is that many vaccines are important to the health of seniors. We will touch on a few that protect you, as well as others that are needed to protect people around you.
First how about some history. Do you know why these shots we get are called Vaccines? A little history, in the late 1700’s parts of the world were being hit with outbreaks of smallpox. This was a viral illness that killed as many as 400,000 people each year, and with no treatment there was little that could be done. Between 20-60% of individuals with smallpox died from