With the ongoing measles outbreak, many adults are questioning their own vaccination status. Here are the key things to know:
-People born before 1957 are assumed to have immunity.
-Between 1963 and 1967, a killed vaccine was used, which was not effective
-During those years, the live vaccine was used more often than the killed vaccine, however most people do not know which they received
-If you are concerned about immunity, there are 2 approaches:
1. Test for immunity with measles antibody titer (blood test)
2. Re-vaccinate with 1 dose of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine
-The MMR vaccine is a live vaccine and cannot be given to pregnant women or those who are immunocompromised
Medical Trivia Night!
Join us at Red Arrow Tap Room on June 5th, 2019, to test your knowledge of some basic medical trivia.
Trivia will begin at 7pm, and takes approximately 2 hours
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.
Please drink responsibly. Your doctors are watching.
It’s that time of year…
Struggling with allergies? Here are a few over-the-counter remedies that our doctors recommend:
Antihistamines (eg allegra, claritin, or zyrtec) can be taken daily while your allergies are bad to manage your symptoms
Nasal sprays: flonase, nasonex, and nasocort are medicated nasal sprays which contain a small dose of steroid to decrease inflammation in your nose
Keeping the environment allergen free (or as close a possible)- washing your bedding once weekly in hot water, showering before you sleep, and having an air purifier in the bedroom can help remove allergens that plague us in our sleep