Your HEALTH is everything. Don’t take it lightly!

 

Tetanus

It’s about your health! When was the last time YOU had a booster?  A Tetanus shot is good for about 10 years.  If you’ve ever been bitten by a pet, stuck a pin in your hand, or stepped on glass or a nail, a current tetanus shot can make life much more pleasant.

 

What is Tetanus? Our mother’s all called it “lockjaw’ and likely none of us took it too seriously.

 

Yeah….no. Per medicalnewstoday.com:   “Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is a serious infection caused by Clostridium tetani; this bacterium produces a toxin that affects the brain and nervous system, leading to stiffness in the muscles”. If Clostridium tetani spores are deposited in a wound, the neurotoxin interferes with nerves that control muscle movement”  But wait, there’s more…..

 

“The infection can cause severe muscle spasms, serious breathing difficulties, and can ultimately be fatal. Although tetanus treatment exists, it is not uniformly effective. The best way to protect against tetanus is to take the vaccine”. Wow. Furthermore, it is considered a medical emergency requires aggressive wound treatment (I don’t even WANT to know what that would entail) and antibiotics.

 

Don’t remember your last Tetanus shot? Then go get one, soon.

 

The Flu

It’s about your health! Ah yes, shaking, sneezing, throwing up, fever, aches, chills – our old friend the flu. People die of it. Hundreds every year. It is surprising the number of women who refuse to get a flu shot. Really? It won’t make you sick, and if you have asthma, diabetes, or other chronic condition it could save your life. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, simple to administer, and if you still do get sick, it could reduce the severity and duration of the infection. Many clinics even offer them free or at a very low cost.

 

To take a page from athletic shoe company Nike – Just Do It!

 

We women are often responsible for the healthcare of our families, parents and others we care about. So, take care of yourself first, so you can look after the people you love. Not sure what vaccination is right for you? Of course, not every shot is for every person. Take a look at the handy-dandy chart from our friends at the CDC and talk to your doctor sooner rather than later.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf

Vaccinations –  Necessary for health maintenance.

 

I’m an adult, why should I get those? We all like to think one of the perks of getting older is that things like “shots” are a thing of the past – no more nasty needles in our arms, butts, or thighs. See ya MMR, by by Chickenpox vaccine. Maybe even a “no thanks” to a flu shot.

Well, think again – there are some very important shots for adult women (ok, men, too.) that are crucial for maintaining good health.

 

Shingles

I recently got a Zostavax shot at my doctor -it’s a vaccination against Shingles, also known by its scientific name Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), a form of a herpes infection and a virus that remains in the body if you’ve had the chickenpox.

 

I’m in the age group who had chickenpox as children. Some women “of a certain age” remember being somewhere between 6 and 10 years old, going to an infected kid’s house so you’d come down with the spots, preferably as a group, and effectively immunizing yourself from getting it again and worse when you were older. Oh, the horror stories of chickenpox as a teen or adult!

 

When I first saw the ads, my first thought was – well, there’s a moneymaker for pharma, but then a friend came down with it. Badly. The rash was so angry and she was in so much pain. It was in her skin, on her hands, even around her eyes.  My uncle had it so badly he was hospitalized.  I started to do some research to see if I could prevent it or if the disease was common.

 

According to the CDC, Shingles will occur in some form in 1 out of 3 people who have had the chicken pox! That’s 33.3% of the population – a LOT in my opinion. The CDC website describes it as a painful, blistering rash that has been compared to the pain of kidney stones or childbirth. If near the eyes, you can go blind!  (ref: https://www.cdc.gov/features/shingles/).  The risk for getting Shingles goes up dramatically after age 50.

 

That was all I needed. And it may not completely prevent Shingles, it will reduce the likelihood and severity of it by about 70%. A promising new vaccination in the works may reduce that risk by 90%.

 

Works for me.

 

Donna!

Donna Lambertucci is passionate about equal rights and a variety of women’s issues. (as well as cooking, horseback riding, and her family life). Writing for Blunt Moms under the pseudonym Segreta Commentare, for the Philadelphia single-parenting examiner, and other online and offline publications, Donna makes her voice and her opinion heard in a sometimes funny, sometimes serious and in an always passionate way. She welcomes your comments, ideas, and suggestions. Follow her on twitter @DonnaLambertucc