Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

 

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Mercury-Free Flu Shot Now Available

Monday, 24 Sep 2012 08:49 AM


Getting yourself and everyone in your family vaccinated against influenza does more than just protect you from the flu; it protects you from diseases made worse by inflammation and decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Plus, it protects others too. If you get the flu, you may transmit it to someone who is at high risk for flu-related complications — and that includes anyone over 65 or someone with a respiratory condition (asthma, COPD) or diabetes. The majority of deaths caused by the flu (and resulting pneumonia) are among those 65 or older. And people with diabetes are more likely to get — and die from — the flu than people without the condition.

• The Basics: This year's flu shot and nasal spray protects against three strains of the flu (but not swine flu, as it did last year): H1N1, H3N2, and B/Wisconsin. The inactivated (NOT a live virus) flu shot is for everyone 6 months and older. It comes in a "high dose" for people 65-plus. Only one brand, Afluria, should not be given to children 8 or younger. Children 9 or younger who've never had a flu shot will need two doses; everyone else needs one.

• A live (but weakened) vaccine is available as a nasal spray for people 2 to 49, who are not pregnant and don't have a chronic disease or condition.

• Bonus! If you are concerned about the mercury-containing preservative in some flu shots, a thimerosal-free (mercury-free) influenza vaccine is available; ask your doctor or pharmacist.


© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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