Health Officials Urge Flu Vaccination for All, including Healthy Adults

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Influenza vaccination coverage estimates show an encouraging upward trend overall, but coverage among healthy 18 to 64 year-olds has yet to top 40 percent, according to new data announced at a news conference held today by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

Studies show adults may not seek vaccination because they think influenza poses no risk to them, but public health officials point out that flu hit the 18- to 64-year-old age group hard last season, with the highest flu-related hospitalization rates in this age group since the 2009 pandemic. Officials also highlighted that in addition to protecting healthy adults, vaccination would also make them less likely to spread influenza to others around them, including co-workers, young children and older parents.

The latest influenza vaccination coverage estimates were announced by Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), and published in this weeks issue of CDCs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and on CDCs FluVaxView website. In total, 46.2 percent of the entire U.S. population age 6 months and older was vaccinated during the 2013-14 season (up 1.2 percentage points for the country). Coverage was highest among children younger than 5 years old (70.4 percent) and adults age 65 years and older (65 percent). There was an increase in coverage among school-aged children, up 3 percentage points to 55.3 percent among children 5 to 17 years old. Influenza vaccination coverage in pregnant women has increased from the very low coverage seen prior to the 2009 influenza pandemic, which was often less than 15 percent, and has remained steady over the past two years at about 50 percent. In contrast to these estimates, the vaccination rate for healthy adults 18 to 64 years old is 33.9 percent.

It is encouraging that over the past few years more people are getting their flu vaccine, but we need to encourage more young and middle-aged adults to get vaccinated because they also can suffer serious consequences from the flu, said Dr. Frieden. Vaccination is the single most important step everyone 6 months of age and older can take to protect themselves and their families against influenza.

Today, Dr. Frieden also announced new performance measurement data for acute-care hospital-based healthcare professionals (HCPs). The data indicate 82 percent of hospital-based HCPs were reported by their hospitals as vaccinated against influenza in 2013-14. This performance measurement provides a baseline for measuring changes in hospital-based reporting of HCP influenza vaccination in the future.

Joining Dr. Frieden in his call for everyone age 6 months and older to get vaccinated against influenza, were William Schaffner, M.D., past-president of NFID and preventive medicine and infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Paul A. Offit, M.D., pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia; and Laura E. Riley, M.D., obstetrician and director, labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.

All four experts called on people to take advantage of the ample vaccine supply and get their annual flu vaccine as soon as possible. Leading by example, Dr. Frieden and other panelists got vaccinated against the flu at the news conference.

Influenza vaccines are safe, plentiful and we have more vaccine options than ever beforeat least one is right for everyone, said Dr. Schaffner, who added, People should not wait to get vaccinated if their first choice is not available.

Among the vaccine options are the traditional flu shot, a nasal spray vaccine, an intradermal vaccine given with a much smaller needle, a high-dose vaccine for people age 65 and older and an egg-free vaccine. One type of inactivated vaccine can be given either by a needle or by jet injector. All vaccines protect against the same three or four influenza viruses, which research suggests are most likely to circulate during the coming season. Vaccine virus selection for U.S. flu vaccines this season occurred in February of 2014.

New Recommendations Add Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine for Adults Age 65 Years and Older

Experts also stressed the importance of vaccination against pneumococcal disease, which can strike any time of the year, but also can be a deadly complication of influenza. Pneumococcal bacteria cause a severe type of pneumonia, as well as meningitis, blood poisoning and other infections. Based on recent data showing added protection against pneumococcal disease, CDC today published new recommendations adding a second type of pneumococcal vaccine for adults age 65 years and older. These adults should first receive one dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and then one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, ideally six to 12 months later. Either pneumococcal vaccine can be given at the same time as the influenza vaccine, but each pneumococcal vaccine is needed only once in a lifetime for most adults.

All adults age 19 years and older need to be vaccinated with both pneumococcal vaccines if they have compromised immune systems, which can result from health conditions such as HIV infection or use of medications that weaken the immune system. Vaccination with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is important for adults in this age group if they have certain risk conditions, such as heart, lung or liver problems, diabetes, asthma or are smokers. Depending on the risk factor, some adults may need as many as three doses of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine in a lifetime, but only one dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is recommended.

Only 20 percent of adults 19 through 64 years at high risk have received pneumococcal vaccination. Coverage among adults 65 years or older is better (60 percent), but there are still many adults left unprotected.

Obstetricians Stress Importance of Influenza Vaccination during Pregnancy to Protect Mother and Baby: A Two-for-One Health Intervention

Pregnant women and their developing babies are at increased risk of flu complications because of changes to a womans immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy. For example, getting sick with the flu while pregnant doubles the risk of fetal death, increases the risk of premature labor, and increases the mothers risk of hospitalization. Vaccination of mothers also protects newborn babies for up to six months, a period when they are particularly vulnerable to influenza but too young to get vaccinated. Infants of vaccinated mothers have a lower risk of hospitalization from flu during their first six months of life.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for pregnant women during any trimester. Women also can be vaccinated post-partum, including while breastfeeding. Influenza vaccination is an essential part of preconception, prenatal, pregnancy and post-pregnancy care, said Dr. Riley. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls on all obstetrical providers to strongly recommend and offer the vaccine to all of their patients who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant.

The highest vaccination rates in pregnant women are among those who receive a recommendation and an offer of vaccination from their obstetrical or other healthcare provider.

A Substantial Portion of Children Who Die from Influenza Have No Prior Medical Problems

CDC received reports of more than 400 flu-related deaths in children over the last four years. Forty-seven percent of last seasons reported 107 pediatric deaths occurred in children with no prior health problems.

The flu has claimed even more children than we know, said Dr. Offit. The real tragedy is that many of these deaths could have been prevented if the

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The Brokerage, Inc. Kicks off Fall Road Shows to Prepare for Medicare and ACA Open Enrollment

Lewisville, TX (PRWEB) September 08, 2014

The Brokerage, Inc. is spending this fall season on the road. With a series of workshops scheduled throughout September, the Texas-based IMO is focused on helping insurance agents around the country prepare for the Medicare and the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period. This year, Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 to December 7. The ACA Open Enrollment Period is November 15 to February 15, 2015.

As opposed to last year, the site is expected to be fully operational with no extensions, meaning everything will go into effect March 1 with no foreseen hiccups, said The Brokerage, Inc. President Mike Smith. So we will definitely be in full swing.

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Using, the company will show agents how to cater to individuals as well as how to analyze small business needs. Following the workshops, producers will be able to identify whether or not a small business qualifies for premium subsidies or health insurance tax credits through the Small Group Health Options Program (SHOP).

In addition to learning how to maximize their income and coverage during this crucial season, insurance agents that attend one of The Brokerage, Inc.s traveling fall workshops also become eligible to win door prizes and other giveaways. For more information on how to register for one of these events, contact The Brokerage, Inc. at (866) 575-6884 or visit


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Where’s the Podcast?

Hi –

If you came to this page looking for the Short Cummings Audio presents Happily Domesticated podcast, I’m afraid you’ve arrived too late. After four-and-a-half years of production and distribution, I made the decision to shut down the show.

(To be honest, since April of 2010 it’s been re-runs, so it wasn’t too big a jump from that to a total shut down.)

For those of you confused by the first two paragraphs…a little explanation. This blog is the companion to an audio program called Happily Domesticated. That sounds really cool, but it was mostly just me reading the essays into a computer. So if you didn’t stumble across that while it was running…you didn’t miss any of the content…just my voice.

If you want to get in touch with me, post a comment below. I get notified of all of them and I’d love to hear from you.

For those of you — too many to name, but you know who you are — who contributed to the podcast experience; thank you. You made it a wonderful ride!

To those of you who still want access to the material, the essays are all here on the site for your reading pleasure. If there’s something you remember, but can’t find … let me know. I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

I’m busy with other writing projects right now and when the time is right, I’ll post information here.

With fond regards,

19 Responses to Where’s the Podcast?

  1. Cooper Coleman

    Kind of feel like I lost a friend…

  2. David Harrison

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for riding with my family and I to church each week over the last 4 years. We really appreciated you clean humor. We will miss it. I still have archives of a lot of your shows and we will no doubt listen to them again. It was refreshing to be able to depend on you for humor without the offensive language that a lot of the other comedy show contain.

    Bless you in your future endeavors. – The Harrison Family

  3. Thanks for the last 4 years. My blog, BDGJM, would not exist without your inspiration and mentorship. I will miss your podcasts but I know your projects will be met with success.


  4. Thanks Shane. I’m glad I could be part of your journey as a writer…and I really enjoy your blog!

  5. I’m sorry to hear this. I enjoyed listening to your stories even when they were the reruns. Any plans for any new audio projects or to someday put the audio back up? Either as an archive or even a purchasable dvd?

    • Glad you enjoyed listening. At the moment, I don’t have a place to host an archive, but I’ll give some thought to compiling them into a single disc. The files come to a little over 1 GB, so it would be easy to get ‘em all on a DVD.

  6. I’m sorry to hear this, but glad we got 200 excellent episodes and a year of reruns of some of the favorites. Can’t wait to see what’s next for the KLC media empire.

  7. Hey Kevin, sorry to see it go. Have you heard of a site called ? Maybe there’s an opportunity for them to read your stories instead. Just a thought. Be well.

  8. Hey Kevin! Sorry to see you go. You’re a big part of my podcasting experience, too. Gonna miss you.

  9. Sergey Stopkevych

    Hello Kevin. I came across your podcast series just in the end of the last year. I was so astonished by your clean, sparkling and intelligent humor, that spent two days downloading your essays, and then, for the last several months I’ve enjoyed my driving to work more than ever, shocking people around by insane happiness on my facial expression, especially in the morning. I am Ukrainian and my mother tongue is Russian. I like Russian literature very much and love powerful Russian language. It’s ways different from English, not just by words, you know. Listening to your podcast, I want to thank you for amazing language you made me feel, and, what is much more for the humor which proves that there are like-minded people all over the world despite the language they speak or country they live. I recommended your essays to all my friends who know or learn English and they were astonished as well. That’s really a pity you stopped podcasting, and the only excuse might be that the novel you are co-authoring will be an outstanding one. Good luck!

    • Thank you Sergey. Your kind words are a gift to me.

      My writing partner and I are revising the novel. (Although, my partner is a much better writer than I am.) And we will annouce it in this space when it is available.

  10. i hope you find a solution to archive the podcast somewhere (and get some money for your good work). My French students liked them.

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