What to know about getting Immunizations and Vaccines

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING IMMUNIZATIONS AND VACCINES

People managing ongoing health issues need to pay close attention to their immunizations and vaccine schedule. According to the CDC, every year thousands of adults with chronic conditions get sick and or die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.

Vaccines adults need if they have the following conditions:

INFLUENZA PNEUMOCOCCAL TDAP HEP B SHINGLES HPV SERIES TD
DIABETES
HEART DISEASE
STROKE
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE  ✅  ✅
LUNG DISEASE & ASTHMA
IMMUNOCOMPROMISING CONDITIONS
NO CHRONIC CONDITIONS ✅*

 

Influenza vaccine
To protect against seasonal flu every year

Pneumococcal vaccine
To protect against serious pneumococcal diseases

TDAP vaccine
To protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough

HEP B vaccine
To protect against hepatitis B

Shingles vaccine
To protect against shingles

HPV vaccine series
To protect against human papillomavirus if you are a man or woman up to age 26 years

Td vaccine
To protect against tetanus

Check with your Dr. since additional vaccination needs vary and are determined by your individual factors such as age, job, travel, and past vaccinations.

For more information on vaccinations and chronic condition please visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/vaccineschronicconditions/index.html


*   If you receive Tdap vaccine – you don’t need Td vaccine.

Don’t Get Burned by the Sun

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DON'T BURNED BY THE SUN

When the sun is shining, we love to be outside; so why do we only wear sunscreen when we go to the
pool or beach?
Anytime we are in the sun, we are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays, and even on cloudy days we get some
UV rays. According to the CDC, all of this exposure causes most cases of skin cancer, the most common
cancer in the United States.
Did you know that it takes more than sunscreen to keep your skin safe? In fact, it is recommended to use
multiple strategies to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection, the best pairs block 100% of UV rays
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Find a shady spot to sit or only work or play outside in the shade
  • Avoid the outdoors during peak sun hours, 10am-4pm
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on exposed skin
  • Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating
The CDC warns that anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer. Be sure to examine your skin
from head to toe monthly to look for any changes. Seeing a dermatologist yearly can help identify skin
cancer early.
Whether you’re enjoying a dip in a pool or cooling off oceanside, taking time to protect yourself from skin
cancer should be everyone’s priority. Stay safe while working and playing in the sun this summer and all
year long!

Staci McKelvey

SVP, Marketing & Communications

smckelvey@hmcebs.com

860.697.6960 x403