Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax)
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is caused by the same virus as Chicken Pox and remains in a latent stage. Upon deactivation the virus travels down the nerve root resulting in blisters and often debilitating pain. Rarely the cornea of the eye can be affected which is very serious.
The Vaccine is now recommended for patients over the age of 50 who are not severely immunosuppressed as it is a live vaccine. The vaccine is more effective in preventing Shingles in younger age groups (70%) but will prevent or attenuate the post herpetic neuralgia (severe pain along the nerve) in nearly all patients. A recent study suggest that immunity starts to wane after 7 years and a booster will likely be recommended.
The Vaccine is available at SS&MG. Please contact us to inquire if you are a candidate.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) may be the most common Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and vaccination is recommended for sexually active young females and now males.
In addition to genital warts, certain strains of the virus cause cancer of the cervix and is the primary rational for the vaccination of young females. Most sexually active unvaccinated men and women will ultimately have antibodies to HPV and be at risk so it is important to vaccinate before a person is infected (ideally before sexual activity). The virus is also implicated in other rare neoplasms such as anal cancer.
It is now recommended that sexually active males up to age 26 be vaccinated. This will reduce the occurrence of genital warts and rare cancers (such as anal and penile) implicated with certain strains. Vaccinating males will also reduce the likelihood of infecting un-vaccinated females. We now carry the Gardisil® vaccine for patients in Internal Medicine and Dermatology.
CDC – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections
Learn about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.