Category: Immunizations


August 28, 2023

Immunization Awareness Month

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August is national immunization awareness month.  The CDC recognizes national immunization awareness month specifically in August to highlight the importance of routine vaccinations for all people.  Healthy people 2030 focuses on preventing infectious diseases by increasing vaccination rates.  There are various vaccines depending on the age group for instance infants and children’s usually get the […]

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July 19, 2022

The Latest on Covid-19 Pandemic in the US as of July 1, 2022

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2022 has been a significant year for Covid illness thus far.  2021 proved deadly with spread of the delta variant of Covid.  At the start of last winter, new mutations of the virus became more prevalent and were given the name Omicron.  December 2021 and January 2022 had high numbers of cases.  Fortunately, severity of […]

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December 5, 2019

Whooping Cough Vaccine

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If you are pregnant or a new baby is coming into your extended family, you have probably heard about the whooping cough vaccine, known as Tdap.  This vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis).  This is very similar to the DaPT  vaccine series we give infants, but serves a slightly different purpose for […]

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June 11, 2019

Measles

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Measles, caused by the rubeola virus, is a highly contagious and serious infection that can be deadly.  It is spread primarily in mucous and phlegm by coughing and sneezing.  The virus can live for up to 2 hours in the air and on surfaces in the environment where a person with measles coughed or sneezed.  […]

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January 14, 2019

New Shingles Vaccine

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Herpes zoster (shingles) results from reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, or chickenpox.  We are unable to predict who will have an outbreak of shingles; however, it does tend to occur more often in individuals over 50 years of age.  It is possible to have recurrences.  Shingles is characterized by a very painful, blistering, rash affecting […]

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December 11, 2017

Shingles Vaccine

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Shingles has been in the news recently after a new vaccine approval was announced. So what is shingles and why should we try to prevent it? Shingles is a painful rash caused by the virus that causes chicken pox, varicella zoster. After an infection with chicken pox, the virus stays in the cells of the […]

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Flu Season
October 19, 2017

Flu Season

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It is October which means influenza season is fast approaching. In fact, we have already had confirmed cases of influenza amongst our patients. Flu is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets that can travel up to 10 feet with coughing and sneezing; and less far with talking. Flu can also be contracted with hand contact of […]

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November 26, 2012

Seasonal allergies: part of life in East Tennessee Your IMA physician can help with testing and treatment

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By Dr. Stephen Lorino “We’re No. 1!” While we unfortunately can’t claim the ranking for the UT Vols football team, the people of East Tennessee have the dubious honor of being first when it comes to allergies. For four of the past five years, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has named our region […]

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August 20, 2012

Adults need their shots too!

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When it comes to vaccines, many adults are concerned only with their annual flu shot and the occasional tetanus booster. However, vaccines are not only recommended for children and adolescents. A number of newer vaccines, as well as heightened risks of some diseases, have raised the importance of adult vaccines. Talk to your IMA primary […]

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